espiegle/iStock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — A University of Michigan provost was placed on administrative leave Tuesday amid a recently launched investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. The university said on Wednesday that it received several allegations of sexual misconduct against Martin Philbert last week and retained an outside law firm to investigate the claims. Philbert, who joined the school’s faculty as a toxicology professor in 1995 and was appointed provost in 2017, was placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation and instructed not to report to work, the university said in a statement.“We take allegations of sexual misconduct very seriously, and our policy is clear: Sexual misconduct will not be tolerated in the University of Michigan community,” University President Mark Schlissel said in a letter addressed staff and students Wednesday. “The U-M Board of Regents and I are committed to a full and thorough investigation, and we will continue to work to ensure the integrity of the process, following the same policy and practices that apply to all employees at U-M.”He noted that the probe was still in its early stages and that “no findings or conclusions” had been reached. Schlissel did not offer any details about the allegations against Philbert, but he said the claims surfaced Jan. 16 to 17. He said the university has offered support services to those affected.“We thank the individuals who have come forward with these allegations. We know that reporting requires courage,” Schlissel said. “The university has offered support services and will work diligently to assist those who report in every way possible.”“We encourage any member of our community who is aware of conduct that may violate U-M’s sexual misconduct policy to notify our Office for Institutional Equity,” he added. He said he would announce Philbert’s interim replacement in the coming days. Philbert, who also serves as the school’s executive vice president of academic affairs, did not immediately respond to requests for comment from ABC News.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The MVP Southgate project is expected to have a capacity of transporting 375 million cubic feet of gas per day from southern Virginia to central North Carolina NC DEQ turns down water quality certification request for MVP Southgate project. (Credit: Johannes Rupf from Pixabay) Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) has been denied water quality certification from the North Carolina (NC) Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for its $468m MVP Southgate project.DEQ said that its Division of Water Resources has turned down the company’s request for a 401 Water Quality Certification and Jordan Lake Riparian Buffer Authorization for the 120.8km long natural gas pipeline system.The department said that the decision was driven by the lack of clarity around the completion of the MVP Mainline project, which made its division to conclude that work on the Southgate extension could result in unnecessary water quality impacts and environmental disturbance in North Carolina.Brief details of the MVP Southgate ProjectThe MVP Southgate Project is planned to comprise 16-inch and 24-inch-diameter pipes to be laid between Virginia and North Carolina. The pipeline project is expected to have a capacity of transporting 375 million cubic feet of gas per day from southern Virginia to central North Carolina.The pipeline project is proposed to receive gas from the MVP Mainline project in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. The MVP Mainline project, in turn, is a 487.6km long interstate natural gas pipeline system, which is being laid between northwestern West Virginia and southern Virginia with an investment of $5.3bn-$5.5bn.MVP is a joint venture between EQM Midstream Partners, NextEra Capital, Con Edison Transmission, RGC Midstream, and WGL Midstream.DEQ said that as per the review of MVP’s application and related materials and information, its Division of Water Resources staff found that the sole utility and purpose of the MVP Southgate project is to be tied to and fully relies on, the completion of the entire MVP Mainline project.The department further said that the uncertainty about the completion of the MVP Mainline project puts up a critical risk to achieving the basic purpose of MVP Southgate. DEQ also said that most of the adverse environmental effects would take place during construction, which is why it found it inappropriate to unnecessarily risk affecting high‐quality waters and important drinking water supplies of North Carolinians for the project.DEQ Secretary Michael Regan said: “DEQ has questioned the need for the MVP Southgate project since our initial comments to FERC. This has always been an unnecessary project that poses unnecessary risks to our environment and given the uncertain future of the MVP Mainline, North Carolinians should not be exposed to the risk of another incomplete pipeline project.“North Carolina’s clean energy future is not dependent on adding more natural gas infrastructure. Projects like this slow down the state’s goal to reduce greenhouse gases under North Carolina’s Clean Energy Plan and our efforts to address climate change under Executive Order 80.”
The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) called the bipartisan budget agreement now passed by both houses of Congress an important first step and thanked Members of Congress for providing the much needed resources for the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry.SCA recently launched a campaign called SOS: SAVE OUR SHIPS, which focuses on educating Congress and the American public about the destructive and unintended effects sequestration and budget uncertainty will have on the United States Navy and naval services, as well as thousands of American shipbuilding and repair workers.“Passing this bipartisan agreement was crucial because of the pending losses of construction and repair jobs the Navy forecasted if full sequestration and a continuing resolution were to remain in effect in fiscal year 2014,” said SCA President Matt Paxton.“We are grateful for the action Congress has taken, but the long term threat to our industry remains. We are calling on America’s leaders to keep working to address the future fiscal uncertainty if the U.S. is to maintain the nation’s fleet, and retain a skilled and experienced domestic workforce. ”SCA will continue the SOS Campaign to bring public awareness to the future financial threats facing the shipbuilding and repair industry, and will work with Congress in 2014 to ensure the U.S. fleet remains strong and ready.The agreement reduces the original $52 billion sequestration cut in fiscal year 2014 by roughly $21 billion — about a 1.2 percent reduction compared to fiscal 2013 instead of the expected 6 percent reduction. The fiscal year 2015 cuts are reduced by about $10 billion.[mappress]Press Release, December 20, 2013; Image: HII December 20, 2013 SCA: Budget Agreement Step in the Right Direction Back to overview,Home naval-today SCA: Budget Agreement Step in the Right Direction Authorities Share this article
U.S. president Donald J. Trump on Wednesday announced his intention to nominate Philip Bilden as the 76th secretary of the Navy.If confirmed by the Senate, Bilden will replace Ray Mabus, who was the longest serving Navy secretary since World War I.The announcement follows the president’s nomination of Heather Wilson as Air Force secretary and Vinnie Viola as Army secretary.“All three of these nominees have my utmost confidence,” Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a statement following the announcement. “They had my full support during the selection process, and they will have my full support during the Senate confirmation process.”Bilden is a business leader, former military intelligence officer and Naval War College cybersecurity leader who served on the board of directors for the United States Naval Academy Foundation and the board of trustees of the Naval War College Foundation.He was commissioned in 1986 in the Army Reserve as a military intelligence officer and served for 10 years, achieving the rank of captain.“As secretary of the Navy, Philip Bilden will apply his terrific judgement and top-notch management skills to the task of rebuilding our unparalleled Navy,” Trump said. “Our number of ships is at the lowest point that it has been in decades. Philip Bilden is the right choice to help us expand and modernize our fleet, including surface ships, submarines and aircraft, and ensure America’s naval supremacy for decades to come. I am proud of the men and women of our armed forces. The people who serve in our military are our American heroes, and we honor their service every day.”“I am deeply humbled and honored to serve as secretary of the Navy,” Bilden said. “Maintaining the strength, readiness, and capabilities of our maritime force is critical to our national security. If confirmed, I will ensure that our sailors and Marines have the resources they need to defend our interests around the globe and support our allies with commitment and capability.” View post tag: SECNAV View post tag: POTUS January 26, 2017 Authorities POTUS announces US Navy secretary nominee Back to overview,Home naval-today POTUS announces US Navy secretary nominee View post tag: US Navy Share this article
T he news that multi-seeded, low-glycaemic index (GI) bread can help with problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease is startling (pg 4). Thank goodness it comes from a proper scientific study published in the International Journal of Food Science and Medicine.It makes perfect sense that if multi-seeded bread is low-GI and low GI products reduce the amount of glucose (sugar) produced in the bloodstream, then the bread will help diabetics. But the industry still needed that scientific paper. And it is not just a question of helping to prevent diabetes, but of the bread actually helping existing sufferers.The growth of multi-seeded bread can be seen in Warburtons’ chart on page 26. It amounts to over 30% in one year. That figure is phenomenal. There is a real marketing story here. One that makes bread the ’good guy’ for a change.Levels of Type 2 diabetes are soaring. Perhaps the good news about multi-seeded bread will mean that at last the government will be able to endorse breads. I hope the media will too. The Flour Advisory Bureau is already playing a key role in promoting the image of bread to the national media as I found out on a recent visit to Wright’s Flour mill where I had a marvellous day (pg 16).Eating bread is one habit that is easy to change and I predict multi-seeded sales will continue to surge against plain white. And what excellent news for the market that a premium, added-value loaf can at last get the recognition – and price – it deserves. No-one is saying white is bad, just that multi-seeded and wholegrain is better for you.Thankfully, the loaves also look good on the shelves. Before the recent news, bakers such as Andrew Whitley and Bells of Lazonby were making multi-seeded in organic versions under the famous Village Bakery brand. I hope their sales soar too because all pioneers deserve to benefit when something goes mainstream.Customers of our columnist Tony Phillips might need some seeded bread to reduce their glucose levels after visiting his new venture! Tony has branched out and opened a chocolate and candy shop (pg 22). His delightful wife Barbara is awaiting a big operation in January so please join me in wishing her well.
Last night, Twiddle made their debut at The Capitol Theatre for a sold-out show with TAUK, and special guest Matisyahu. The pre-party was spent at Garcia’s, while the one-and-only jamband concert pianist Holly Bowling displayed her impeccable talents. Riveting as ever, she performed a perfectly pleasing balance of Phish and Grateful Dead tunes.Twiddle Debuts New Song, Welcomes Matisyahu For Sold-Out Capitol Theatre Show [Videos/Review]The set closed with a surprise special guest appearance from Twiddle’s own Ryan Dempsey. The two had a blast tackling “Harry Hood” together in their show-stopping performance. With Bowling holding down the melodies, Dempsey took lead in a tastefully beautiful Hood jam. Watch how it all went down:Holly Bowling @ Garcia’s 5/7/16 Setlist:My Friend, My Friend, Help on the Way > Slipknot! > Theme from the Bottom > Randall’s Chalkdust Jam > Theme from the Bottom > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower, It’s Ice, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > Terrapin Station Suite, Taste, Harry Hood** w/ Ryan Dempsey from Twiddle
Cloud usage in the enterprise continues to grow rapidly, and with good reason—cloud operating models increase agility, accelerate innovation and help create a competitive edge in today’s world. As the number of cloud solutions has grown, organizations have found it easier to increasingly deploy workloads across multiple clouds. In fact, 93% of organizations are deploying workloads across two or more clouds. Although usage across multiple clouds provides flexibility, it also creates operational silos due to differences in the underlying infrastructure, management tools and APIs. This leads to organizational complexity, which paradoxically reduces agility—one of the main reasons why organizations adopt cloud solutions in the first place!We believe organizations should have the flexibility to choose whichever cloud environment is best for their workloads and data—without the byproduct of additional complexity. To help organizations address this complexity, we unveiled Dell Technologies Cloud today at Dell Technologies World. Dell Technologies Cloud consists of joint solutions from VMware and Dell EMC that remove cloud complexity by providing a consistent cloud operating model across public cloud, private cloud and edge locations.Who says it must be out with the old to be in with the new? There have been massive changes in IT from both a development and operations perspective since cloud computing became popular. Vendors sometimes portray these new models as a panacea for existing IT concerns, yet they are often incongruent with the applications, skillsets, and operational models established over many years in organizations.Because more workloads are virtualized on VMware than any other hypervisor, organizations deploying Dell Technologies Cloud solutions can apply cloud benefits to their traditional workloads without being forced to refactor first. For instance, with VMware Cloud Foundation, VMs and containers can be moved effortlessly from on-premises to VMware Cloud on AWS without the need for expensive re-platforming. This is just one of the ways organizations can achieve the scale, coverage, speed, and cost structures they want in the public cloud faster with Dell Technologies Cloud. They can also achieve the same benefits in their data center, thanks to the automation capabilities of VMware Cloud Foundation and the tight HW/SW integration between VMware and Dell EMC.A better cloud, with optionsDell Technologies Cloud can be consumed as Platforms or as a fully managed Data Center-as-a-Service (DCaaS) offering:Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms: With Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms, customers have the flexibility to tailor their cloud infrastructure to their specific workload needs. These are built using tight integration between VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) and a variety of Dell EMC infrastructure – hyperconverged (VxRail) and converged infrastructure, as well as Dell Technologies validated storage, compute, and networking platforms. VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail delivers full stack integration, where both the physical infrastructure and VMware cloud software stack are managed as one complete on-premises hybrid cloud experience. Not only does this Dell EMC and VMware jointly engineered integration greatly reduce risk and increase IT efficiency, it also simplifies, streamlines, and automates the operations of the entire SDDC because it creates a single unified experience.Additionally, with VMware Cloud on AWS available as an add-on to the Dell Technologies Cloud Platform, organizations can also extend their on-premises cloud environment seamlessly into the public cloud, without having to refactor workloads for migration. The consistent operating experience across public and private clouds reduces complexity. In fact, IDC found that Dell Technologies Cloud reduces total cost of ownership by up to 47% compared to native public cloud.Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service: VMware Cloud on Dell EMC is cloud infrastructure installed on-premises in your core and edge data centers and consumed as a cloud service. This new, fully-managed DCaaS offering combines the speed and flexibility of the public cloud with the security and control of on-premises infrastructure. Additionally, the familiarity of VMware Cloud tools on trusted Dell EMC VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure provides peace of mind through a best-of-breed enterprise solution.VMware Cloud on Dell EMC delivers cloud-like simplicity to your data centers and unparalleled consistency between your public cloud and on-premises environments. This new construct empowers your entire organization to focus on business innovation and differentiation. For instance:IT Operations can offload maintenance and refocus on value-added services;IT Architects can utilize VMware’s hybrid cloud control plane to simplify workload management;IT Security can uniformly apply security policies, eliminating the need to track and secure workloads that span multiple environments;Developers can accelerate application development by building for just one environment; andIT decision makers can negotiate one contract with one vendor for all core and edge data center needs.In short, the Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service lays the foundation for savvy CIOs/CTOs to move their organization one step closer to IT-as-a-Service, delivering on the promise of utilizing technology to drive business strategy.Services to eliminate cloud frictionAs part of Dell Technologies Cloud, organizations can take advantage of professional services, support and financial services to help remove barriers to cloud adoption. From helping you determine where your workloads are best placed, to ensuring service levels are delivered, our cloud experts can reduce risk along your cloud journey. Meanwhile, Dell Financial Services makes it possible to achieve cloud economics in your own data center with flexible consumption models.Cloud without chaosWith Dell Technologies Cloud, it’s possible to bring the best of public cloud to your data center, transfer your best practices for management and security to all your clouds and easily extend the best of both to your edge locations. Welcome to a better cloud.For more information on this announcement, please see the below materialsDell Technologies Cloud Press ReleaseDell Technologies Cloud website IDC White Paper, sponsored by Cisco, Adopting Multicloud — A Fact-Based Blueprint for Reducing Enterprise Business Risks, June 2018.
Related Shows The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek Show Closed This production ended its run on May 31, 2015 The world premiere of Athol Fugard’s The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek will extend off-Broadway through June 7; the production had previously been set to shutter on May 31. Performances will begin in the Romulas Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center on April 21 and officially open on May 11.The new play is inspired by the life of South African outsider artist Nukain Mabusa. Aging farm laborer Nukain has spent his life transforming the rocks at Revolver Creek into a vibrant garden of painted flowers. Now, the final unpainted rock, as well as his young companion Bokkie, has forced Nukain to confront his legacy as a painter, a person and a black man in 1980s South Africa. When the landowner’s wife arrives with demands about the painting, the profound rifts of a country hurtling toward the end of apartheid are laid bare.The cast includes Leon Addison Brown, Bianca Amato, Caleb McLaughlin and Sahr Ngaujah. View Comments
By Faith PeppersUniversity of Georgia For almost 150 years, a Harris has farmed the Screven, Ga., land that’s home to Greenview Farms. This week, Gov. Sonny Perdue recognized Jonny Harris and his family for their faithful care with the second annual Governor’s Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Award.”I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see all the support for our state’s largest industry,” Perdue said in a National Agriculture Week ceremony March 20.Perdue honored five Georgia farms that use outstanding environmental practices.”It’s my pleasure to honor these farmers for their good stewardship,” he said. “Our farmers work hard to protect the environment and preserve our resources, and we’re happy to recognize these farm families for their efforts today.”Besides Harris, regional winners were David Brown of Longview Cattle Farm in Senoia, Chan Cabe of Cabe Brothers Farm in Carnesville, Glenn Waller of Waller Farm in Harrison and Don Register of Don Register Farm in Chula.Harris said the state honor “goes back to my ancestry. We’ve worked on this land for 140 years. My ancestors tried to do the right things, and we try to do the right things.”He and the other honorees showed they’re willing to make personal sacrifices to go beyond what’s required to meet environmental standards.”It has challenges,” Harris admitted. “We look at so many things we’re doing now that are the opposite of what was done before. We see the value of changing those practices and the good that comes from it. They’re expensive to do, some of them.”Harris said the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service and other state and federal agencies help them do some things. “But the majority of them we do essentially by ourselves,” he said. “They’re things we need to do, and with their help, we know what to do to improve the quality of our land.”Greenview Farms is divided almost equally among timber, pastures and cultivated land. They grow hay, peanuts, cotton, corn and other crops and raise beef cattle.”In 1942 my parents, Winton and Emily Harris, established what is now known as Greenview Polled Hereford Farms, Inc.,” Harris said. “My father began a Polled Hereford cattle herd, and we continue to raise Polled Herefords today. That makes Greenview Farms the oldest, continuously active Polled Hereford breeder in Georgia. Hard work and determination have helped to make this family operation a success.””Mr. Harris serves as a model farmer,” said Rita Barrow, NRCS district conservationist. “His love and concern for his land, as well as his pride in ownership, are evident as soon as you enter his property.”His land and cattle reflect his concern for conservation,” she said. “He’s actively working to limit access of his cattle to wetlands with exclusion fencing, and he’s installed a manure storage facility to help maintain water quality in Reedy Creek.”He has installed heavy-use concrete pads under hay rings and water troughs to maintain water quality and prevent soil erosion,” she said. “He regularly rotates his cattle throughout numerous paddocks to maintain soil and water quality and to provide quality forage for his cattle.”Greenville Farms uses conservation tillage on cropland to prevent erosion and maintain water quality.”He has a Forest Stewardship Plan, and he regularly thins and prescribe-burns his forest lands to maintain forest health and increase wildlife habitat,” Barrow said. “Mr. Harris treats all of his resources well and implements best-management practices in all of his farm activities.”The award is sponsored by the Governor’s Agriculture Advisory Commission. It was developed to recognize farmers in five state regions who use conservation and best-management practices day-to-day to protect and conserve natural resources. Last year’s winner, the inaugural year, was Petty’s Dairy in Chatsworth.
By Dialogo March 27, 2015 Special Forces of the Colombian National Army’s Aviation Air Assault Division have captured an alleged narcotrafficker and Clan Úsuga leader in the Urabá region, near the country’s border with Panama. The DNCD, working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), learned of the suspicious vessel after it was spotted by radar; then, the Navy interdicted the boat off the coast of the Province of San Cristóbal. He’s also suspected of working with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s (FARC) Sixth Front. The FARC, which is the country’s largest guerrilla group, uses narcotrafficking proceeds to fund its terrorist activities. The suspect, accused of supplying cocaine and other narcotics to the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas — two Mexican transnational criminal organizations — allegedly coordinated the speedboats that transported those drugs to Panama. There, the cartels would take possession of the shipments and transport them throughout Central America, the United States, and Belgium, which serves as a gateway for illicit goods into Europe. There, they found cocaine packed in 30 bales and stored in the bottom of a small fiberglass boat. Security forces took it to the National Forensic Science Institute (INACIF) to be weighed, while the suspects were detained at DNCD’s headquarters. Meanwhile, the DNCD is investigating which narcotrafficking or organized crime group owned the cocaine, which originated in South America and was destined for the United States and Europe. Dominican security forces seize 600 packages of cocaine Special Forces of the Colombian National Army’s Aviation Air Assault Division have captured an alleged narcotrafficker and Clan Úsuga leader in the Urabá region, near the country’s border with Panama. The DNCD, working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), learned of the suspicious vessel after it was spotted by radar; then, the Navy interdicted the boat off the coast of the Province of San Cristóbal. Dominican security forces seize 600 packages of cocaine He’s also suspected of working with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s (FARC) Sixth Front. The FARC, which is the country’s largest guerrilla group, uses narcotrafficking proceeds to fund its terrorist activities. The suspect expected to be extradited to the U.S., where he’s wanted on federal drug-trafficking charges in the state of Texas. The Dominican Republic’s National Navy and National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) teamed up to seize 600 packages of cocaine from a boat seven nautical miles southeast of Punta Palenque on March 20; they also captured three suspects, who are Dominican nationals. The Dominican Republic’s National Navy and National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) teamed up to seize 600 packages of cocaine from a boat seven nautical miles southeast of Punta Palenque on March 20; they also captured three suspects, who are Dominican nationals. The suspect expected to be extradited to the U.S., where he’s wanted on federal drug-trafficking charges in the state of Texas. The arrest comes after Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos recently deployed 1,200 Military Troops and National Police Officers to the Department of Antioquia to capture Clan Úsuga members. That operation – called Operation “Toma Masiva del Urabá” (Massive Taking of Urabá) — is utilizing the Neptuno Task Force, which combines 12 existing task forces and is made up of members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, and National Police. Rear Admiral Ricardo Hurtado Chacón heads Neptuno Task Force, while Major General Ricardo Alberto Restrepo Londoño, the head of the Colombian National Police’s Counter-narcotics Division, will lead the overall operation. The arrest comes after Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos recently deployed 1,200 Military Troops and National Police Officers to the Department of Antioquia to capture Clan Úsuga members. That operation – called Operation “Toma Masiva del Urabá” (Massive Taking of Urabá) — is utilizing the Neptuno Task Force, which combines 12 existing task forces and is made up of members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, and National Police. Rear Admiral Ricardo Hurtado Chacón heads Neptuno Task Force, while Major General Ricardo Alberto Restrepo Londoño, the head of the Colombian National Police’s Counter-narcotics Division, will lead the overall operation. The suspect, accused of supplying cocaine and other narcotics to the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas — two Mexican transnational criminal organizations — allegedly coordinated the speedboats that transported those drugs to Panama. There, the cartels would take possession of the shipments and transport them throughout Central America, the United States, and Belgium, which serves as a gateway for illicit goods into Europe. There, they found cocaine packed in 30 bales and stored in the bottom of a small fiberglass boat. Security forces took it to the National Forensic Science Institute (INACIF) to be weighed, while the suspects were detained at DNCD’s headquarters. Meanwhile, the DNCD is investigating which narcotrafficking or organized crime group owned the cocaine, which originated in South America and was destined for the United States and Europe.