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first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Reconstruction of Chinese Aircraft Carrier Nears Completion View post tag: Chinese View post tag: Navy View post tag: completion Industry news View post tag: Naval View post tag: Nears View post tag: Carrier China is set to launch its first aircraft carrier on its maiden voyage soon, according to Beijing media reports…By Huang Chi-kuang & Bear Lee (focustaiwan)[mappress]Source: focustaiwan,April 7, 2011; Share this article April 7, 2011 Reconstruction of Chinese Aircraft Carrier Nears Completion View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Reconstruction View post tag: Aircraftlast_img


first_imgOxford is now the only British university that asks applicants to complete a separate application form, after Cambridge last week announced it was scrapping their equivalent.Cambridge University said that it would no longer require students to submit its ‘Cambridge Application Form’ (CAF) and the associated £10 fee, both for administrative reasons and to improve accessibility.From now on, UK and European students applying to Cambridge will only have to complete their UCAS form. Once the form is submitted, students will be asked to complete a supplementary online questionnaire “in common with applicants to many other universities”, which replaces the written questionnaire that is currently sent to applicants.Geoff Parks, Director of Undergraduate Admissions for the Cambridge Colleges, said scrapping the form made business sense. “We’ve been planning to do this since 2003, purely on business process grounds. The main reason for having a separate form was because of the time it used to take UCAS to get applicant data to us. With advances in IT that is no longer an issue,” he said.He also acknowledged arguments that the form gave the wrong impression to applicants: “The fact that the separate application form was cited by some commentators as a barrier to access was an added incentive, and the chaos caused by the postal strike last October was also influential in the final decision to make the change now.” Oxford has said that it is currently considering whether to keep its extra form and fee for students applying for 2009 entry. In 2007, the University reduced the amount of information they asked for on the form, cutting it down to a two-page document.A spokesperson for the University said that Oxford is reviewing how it collects additional information from candidates and their referees.“The University has been aware of the concerns expressed by schools and colleges about the additional burden placed on candidates in requiring completion of separate application materials other than the standard UCAS application, and the perception that this [has] created about access to Oxford,” she said.She suggested that it may be possible to abolish the form and fee, but emphasised that no decisions have been made yet.  “Further refinements to the admissions process, and the development of the UCAS application for 2009 entry, may allow the University to dispense with the need for any separate application form,” she said.“A statement on the future of the separate form and its £10 administration fee will be made once the University has completed its assessment, and will be communicated to schools and colleges in time for the commencement of the 2009 entry admissions process.” James Lamming, OUSU VP (Access and Academic Affairs), believes that Oxford must drop its fees, which in his view deters applicants.He said, “The University must end its undergraduate admissions fee immediately because the charge discourages applications, and falsely implies that Oxford is more expensive than other higher education bodies. Oxford University should also look at collecting any additional information it needs via the UCAS form, rather than having additional forms which may be perceived as an additional barrier to entry.” But Lamming commended the University for providing bursaries to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.“A common but false myth exists that studying amongst the dreaming spires costs more than other universities, and OUSU is organising open days and school visiting schemes to explain about the financial support available at Oxford and hopefully end these financial and other incorrect myths,” he said.“The University has also invested vast sums of money, both in tackling these myths and providing financial support, and they should be commended for their efforts.”by Mohsin Kahnlast_img read more


first_imgDon’t let anyone tell you books are going out of style. At least not in Ocean City. Julie Brown, the Adult Programming Librarian launched an Adult Summer Reading program this year for the first time, and the results have been spectacular.“We have approximately 150 people who signed up and the number keeps expanding,” she said.Brown called the program “a broader initiative to encourage adults in the community to read as much as they want to and help the community stay excited about reading.” The program is still open to new registrantsAnyone who signed up received a free tote bag with information about the program and novelties such as note pads, pens, and beach wallets. There were suggestions on some of the more popular latest releases available.  Also included was a reading log in which participants list which books they read over the summer.A weekly prize drawing takes place, with an entry provided for each book read. The more books read the more chances to win one of the prizes.“Our local businesses have been great in donating prizes,” Brown said.This week’s prize is free breakfast or lunch for two at Arlene’s on Asbury; next week’s a $20 gift certificate to Ta-Dah! Boutique and Accessories.  A previous prize was a $25 gift certificate to Bookateria Two.Future prizes are two free large pizzas at Mario’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant; (July 22); $15 gift certificate to Jon and Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistro (July 29); $15 gift certificate to Ward’s Pastry (August 5); $25 gift certificate to Sun Rose Words and Music (August 12); $30 gift certificate to Applebee’s Grill and Bar (August 19) and $25 gift certificate to Yianni’s Café (August 26).The Library was aggressive this summer about getting the word out to summer visitors and locals who might not know about everything the facility has to offer. In doing so, they launched a “Beach Book Bash” outreach program in which registration forms were handed out to beach-goers from a table set up on Ocean City’s award-winning beaches.  The first one took place on June 20 and future Beach Book Bashes will be held in July and August on dates to be announced, Brown said.Members of the Adult summer reading program have the option of saving their entries for more chances to win a specific contest, Brown said. “Some people are reading a book every day.”Brown said plans were in the works for an “End of Summer Party” for all of the participants to celebrate all of their great summer reading. She will soon announce three grand prizes that will be awarded to lucky participants.Of course, the Library’s children’s and teen reading programs are also going gangbusters, according to Leslie Clarke, the Library’s Children’s Head. A typical feature was the Chad Juros Magic Show which was part of the “On your mark, get set READ summer reading club. Currently we have 175 kids registered,” she said.For more information, call the Library at (609)399-2434 or visit the website at www.oceancitylibrary.org.last_img read more


first_imgWORK TO BE COMPLETED IN THE WEEK OF DEC. 24 TO 28Feriozzi Concrete will finish work on Pleasure Avenue between Sixth Street and Seventh Street, as well as Sixth Street from Bay Avenue to the bulkhead. They will then begin work on the east side of Bay Avenue starting at Second Street.Pipe crews will be installing 15″ force main on 6th street from Bay ave to the bulkhead. A second crew will continue the installation of the pump station at 6th and Bay.South State will continue paving Wednesday, Dec. 26. They will be topping Third Street and Seventh Street from West to Bay, as well as Moore and Haven between 7th and 8th.Arthur Henry will continue the installation of the bulkhead at Third Street. Pictured: 3rd Street and Bay Avenue – New bulkhead in process. See Design Presentation for Detaillast_img read more


first_imgPeople may go to St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, at the corner of Eighth Street and Central Avenue, to pick up their Food Cupboard groceries. St. Damen Parish online worship schedule: Easter Sunday Vigil Mass at 8 p.m. access services via the Parish website www.stdamienparish.com Virtual Easter Parade Fashion Stroll Awards: Open to all, participants may compete in Best Dressed male and female categories, Best Bonnet, Best Dressed Teen male and female, Best Dressed Couple and Best Dressed Family. Participate by submitting Easter fashion photos to [email protected] by 1 p.m. Sunday. Miss Ocean City, Junior Miss Ocean City and Little Miss Ocean City will do the judging. They encourage creativity and making the most of being at home to submit imaginative entries. Coastal Christian Ocean City: The church will conduct online Easter Sunday services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on several platforms. Access the services at the website https://ccoceancity.com/, YouTube at www.youtube.com/coastalchristianoc or Facebook at www.facebook.com/ccoceancity/.center_img By TIM KELLYAnyone who is a part of the Ocean City community as a permanent member or a devoted visitor will tell you that Ocean City doesn’t do things halfway.For example, when the challenge arose for Ocean City churches to keep their flocks connected in a virtual way during the most reverently observed week on the Christian calendar no less, church communities all over town rose to the occasion.Online worship, live streams of events, even a “Minecraft” video game-inspired Easter egg hunt for youngsters and online Easter fashion parade appeared in response to Gov. Phil Murphy’s and church leaders’ stay-at-home order to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.A prime example is St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. The historic house of worship at 501 East Eighth Street would normally be abuzz with activity, music and the voices of congregation members. Instead, all the buzz – and there is plenty – is through the parallel world of cyberspace.“Never has being a church been so important, yet so difficult,” United Methodist Pastor Larry Oksten said. “We continue to worship, gather resources and provide assistance to the community.”At St. Damien Parish, a similar can-do attitude prevailed. For years, the stirring Stations of the Cross re-enactment by the St. Damien Hispanic Community has been a Holy Week tradition, but in 2020, the critical social distancing element of fighting the virus made it impossible.Disappointed but undaunted, the Parish posted a video of the 2019 Stations appears on the St. Damien Facebook page.St. Damien Parish is among the local churches making worship services and events available online.St. Peter’s and St. Damien are but two examples. A selection of online worship options appears below. Check with individual church websites for other virtual Easter events throughout Ocean City and environs:Online Easter Worship, St. Peter’s United Methodist: The church wraps up a complete Holy Week of virtual community worship with a 7 a.m. Sunrise Service on Sunday and Easter Celebration at 9 a.m. combining traditional and contemporary elements of observing Easter and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.Viewing options include Facebook Live or the church’s YouTube channel. They can be accessed at www.makingwaves.church. If selecting YouTube, which church officials said often has a sharper image, viewers are urged to subscribe to the St. Peter’s YouTube channel. Peter’s “Minecraft” Easter Egg Hunt: Brian Dunn built this site based on the wildly popular video game to depict Ocean City’s island and St. Peter’s itself. Currently available to St. Peter’s youth. Visit website listed above to register. Ocean City Baptist Church: Access the 9:30 a.m. worship service at YouTube page youtube.com/ocbaptist or the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ocbaptist.last_img read more


first_imgA method for making healthier-option baked donuts has been made available for licensing through brand consultancy Intangible Business.According to the firm, the manufacturing process would enable bakeries and coffee shops, for example, to make a donut that was less than half the fat of a full-fat fried donut. Blind taste tests showed that consumers preferred the taste, lightness and fluffier texture of the new baked donut, to other leading deep-fried donuts, said the firm.”We know consumers are looking for new ways to minimise calorie and fat intake and they are prepared to spend more on higher-quality, healthier food snacks,” said Thayne Forbes, joint MD, Intangible Business. “By securing exclusive rights to use this process, retailers can exploit that demand and gain a competitive advantage over their rivals.”last_img read more


first_imgHoward will be the Senior Director, Cartels at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). He will oversee the CMA’s enforcement of laws prohibiting cartels, both under the Competition Act 1998 (‘civil’) prohibitions and under the criminal cartel offence. His role at the CMA will include preparing for the CMA’s expected increase in cartel enforcement activity following the UK’s exit from the EU (taking on cases previously reserved to the European Commission).Howard Cartlidge comes to the CMA having worked as a highly respected solicitor specialising in competition law, including cartels, including as a Partner in major UK and international law practices.With over 25 years of experience, Howard has expertise in many aspects of competition law, and has significant experience of working with UK competition authorities, including the CMA and sector regulators, the European Commission, and the courts applying competition law.Howard takes over in the role from Stephen Blake, who moved to the CMA’s Legal Service to become a Senior Legal Director as of this month.In his new role Stephen will have legal oversight of the CMA’s cartels and consumer protection work, as well as playing a wider role in shaping CMA policy in both areas. Stephen takes over from Roland Green, who has been appointed as a member of the CMA Panel and, therefore, has retired from his role as Senior Legal Director at the end of March 2018 after several years’ service with the CMA, and before that the Competition Commission (CC).Tackling cartels is a cornerstone of the CMA’s work in protecting consumers and making sure markets remain competitive, which itself contributes to productivity and growth in the economy overall.These key leadership positions will serve the CMA as it continues to step-up enforcement of competition and consumer protection laws to protect consumers.last_img read more


first_imgFans of the Grateful Dead have blossomed into one of the kindest, most spirited, and joyful communities in music history. Their culture promotes undisturbed happiness, endless love, ever-flowing gratitude, and a sense of unabashed freedom like no other. Now, in the age of the Internet, the Dead Head community is able to share some of their wildest stories, recordings, and videos for other fans to enjoy. The online community has also become a reliable source for locating certain people, who might have shared a particularly touching moment and would like to reconnect.Last night, one Grateful Father made a touching post in the Facebook group “Dead Lot” seeking a woman he’d met on the lawn at the Dead & Company show this past Tuesday at SPAC. She’d given his son a few glow sticks and a balloon that might have changed the boy’s understanding of the world forever. As innocent as these gifts may have been, the father explains that his experience with the balloon “turned into a lesson in kindness, and joy that he will carry with him for the rest of his life.”Read the full post below, and help find this mystery woman!You said you teach pre-school, and used to teach 2nd Grade. You stood near my son Wyatt, (pictured below), and I at SPAC this past Tuesday. If you’re out there, and you see this, know that you made a difference, a HUGE difference in the life of my beautiful boy. You had no way of knowing of course, but Wyatt has been through so much this past year academically, socially, and on the home front with his Mom’s irratic and very troubled involvement in his life.You gave Wyatt a glass tube with bubbles and took out one of your own, and you blew bubbles with him. You cheered him on as he blew greater and greater amounts of bubbles and I saw my son’s eyes light up, and I saw him smiling. Next you gave him several glow sticks and he was thrilled with this as well. He was so touched by your energy, your spirit, your kindness, that he asked me, “Daddy, can I give her this?” holding aloft a pink glow stick that we had brought. At first I told him that I didn’t think it was necessary. That you had so much already that it was okay if he didn’t. In my mind I thought, “She already has tons of glow sticks, she doesn’t need one of his.” But Wyatt persisted, “Please Daddy? Pleeeease!!” I acquiesced. You thanked my son profusely, and then you did what was perhaps, for him, the greatest thing of the entire concert, you gave him a balloon. Not long after that, you were on your way.This was no ordinary balloon however, it was a punching balloon that you’d outfitted internally with a glowing device that changed colors. If you are out there reading this somewhere, please know that this balloon then became Wyatt’s greatest joy. He held this beautiful, colorful orb, and danced with it all night in his hands. When I hoisted him up on my shoulders he held his beautiful baloon up high and spun it around hoping that everyone could see just how glorious a thing it was! He marveled that he could “FEEL” the music as it vibrated his balloon. And I told him the story of Deaf Heads, the front row, and balloons, and he marveled that deaf people could enjoy the same music that he was now enjoying.A couple of times throughout the night Wyatt asked if you were returning, and I explained to him that it was unlikely. At the very end of the night Wyatt began throwing the balloon upward and catching it. Just a foot or two at first, and then higher. And then, during the encore of Brokedown Palace it happened. Wyatt threw his balloon up just a smidge too high, and a gentle breeze caught hold of it and carried it forward toward the stage a few rows. And when it came down another fan bopped it further foward, and then again, and again. And although I initially tried to retrieve it, I knew it was not to be.I turned to my boy who had been enthralled with the entire night, who had worn a smile since the moment the music had begun playing, and there were tears in his eyes. “I want my balloon back Daddy.” he wept. “I’m so sorry baby, but we can’t get it back.”, I said. “But look, see it, over there?”, and I pointed to where the magical balloon you’d given my son had risen up above the audience, still aglow with color as it floated effortlessly further toward the stage. “See, other people are getting to enjoy it now. Just like that nice woman gave it to you and you got to feel all that joy in your heart all night from having it. Now every single person who gets to tap it gets to taste a little of that joy too. And that’s what you gave to them. Isn’t that special? Isn’t that a wonderful thing? You spread joy to sooooo many people just now!”And with that Wyatt’s tears stopped. The joy and the glow from before returned to his eyes, and I got down on my knees to his level, put my arm around him, and rocked back and forth for the rest of the encore with Bobby serenading us. As we were packing up Wyatt said to me, “Daddy, we have to say thank you to the balloon lady. We have to tell her her how many people enjoyed her balloon. I told him that I was certain that you knew. “I still want to tell her anyway.”, he replied. Personally, I think he just missed you and your kind energy. We both did, you were terrific.So if by some chance you are indeed out there reading this, thank you! Thank you from Wyatt, and thank you just as much from me for giving my boy a balloon that turned into a lesson in kindness, and joy that he will carry with him for the rest of his life.*UPDATE* We are thrilled to announce that The Balloon Lady has been found, and sent this loving response to her new friends:last_img read more


first_imgThe Worker Participation Committee (WPC) presented its new recommendations regarding the manufacturing of Notre Dame licensed products in other countries during a panel discussion in Geddes Hall on Tuesday.The presentation was primarily conducted by University Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves and doctoral student in moral theology Craig Iffland. Both panelists outlined five points summarizing the WPC’s recommendations.“The core issue that the committee grappled with was the concept of can the University be a force for good on the inner factories in causing change at the worker level and influence and bring broader leverage to that by having others with us in the process,” Affleck-Graves said.The first recommendation, Affleck-Graves said, was to establish a standing committee to monitor the University’s progress. “I think that there’s a really strong feeling of the committee that this should be a standing committee,” he said. “Several other universities, like Michigan and Wisconsin, and others have standing committees, so the recommendation is that we should have a standing committee and that we should make progress on the recommendations that follow.” The second point called for the standing committee to broaden the range of human rights issues it reviews. “While worker participation [is] extremely important … things like child labor, the environment, health and safety. … These are also extremely important issues for people working in these factories,” Affleck-Graves said. “[We are recommending] the assessment should be broadened to cover those areas as well, and we did highlight the human rights as required by the licensing code of conduct.”The third and fourth recommendations focused on assessment and audit processes, depending on whether or not the country recognizes freedom of association by law. “In countries that recognize the freedom of association, by law, every licensee will be required to participate in the Sumerra assessment process to evaluate the organization’s current corporate responsibility program,” Affleck-Graves said. “So this came about because what we found was it’s very time-consuming and expensive to do these audits.According to the summary of recommendations released by the WPC, “Sumerra will also conduct an audit of all overseas factories where licensed products are manufactured,” and the proposed standing committee will provide ongoing oversight. For countries that do not recognize freedom of association by law, the standing committee may consider a limited exemption to manufacture in those countries after the factory completes both the Sumerra assessment and a more in-depth audit by Verité, according to the release.“The Verité instrument we feel is a very good instrument, it is long, it is complex and it requires an on-site campus visit by Verité, and Verité do not have the capacity to do more than a few factories for us a year,” Affleck-Graves said. “And so there’s this other organization, Sumerra — they do work with many of the major companies and they do routine assessments.”Countries with freedom of association by law, Affleck-Graves said, would undergo an audit and, based off the WPC’s determinations, may or may not need to undergo Verité depending on if the standing committee thinks there’s reason for a more in-depth view of the potential factory. For countries without freedom of association, Verité would be a requirement.“The idea right now is that the licensee, if they wanted to apply for an exemption, they would be required to complete everything that every other factory is saying you should complete,” Affleck-Graves said. “Which is one, the pre-survey by Sumerra, two, the Sumerra audit, three, Verité.”The final recommendation suggested the University work with other organizations to advance “respect for workers’ rights, other human rights and promote corporate responsibility,” the release said. Iffland said part of building partnerships was planning a consortium with other universities. “I think the basic idea here is to try to build stronger partnerships with other universities in thinking through how universities can put together their licensees, influence and improve worker conditions, wages, workers rights, at the factory level,” Iffland said. “So, what this is going to look like is not totally foreseeable within the recommendation. I would say that one thing we’d like to do over the next year is have some sort of consortium with other universities as well as Sumerra, to have some sort of broad discussion about corporate responsibility, universities, corporate licensees [and] what they can do to improve working conditions.”Affleck-Graves said he believes as Notre Dame gains more influence with major manufacturers around the world and within countries through a greater presence, it is easier to bring better working practices to multiple countries and the larger industry.”I think there is a strong feeling that Notre Dame can be a force for good in the world,” Affleck-Graves said. “And so the question is — where do you do the most good? There are workers in every country, and I would hate to abandon one country just because we favor another country.”Tags: John Affleck-Graves, recommendations, sumerra, Worker Participation Committee, working conditionslast_img read more


first_imgJAMESTOWN – The search for a man wanted on federal drug charges has ended.Jamestown Police say 27-year-old Michael Murphy was taken into custody on Tuesday by the US Marshall’s Violent Fugitive Task Force, Jamestown Police, the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Chautauqua County Sheriff’s K-9 unit.After receiving a tip via Crime Stoppers of Western New York, police say Murphy was arrested at 31 Linwood Avenue while hiding in the attic.Murphy was charged with conspiracy with intent to distribute and several other federal drug-related charges. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img