Ravens coach John Harbaugh invites blind fan to read NFL draft pick in Braille

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBaltimore Ravens(BALTIMORE) — The Charm City just scored a touchdown with the Ravens’ heart-warming plans for the NFL draft.When the Baltimore Ravens got wind of an inspiring young fan, who regularly discusses the team with a local sports radio station, head coach John Harbaugh found the perfect way to include him in the team’s upcoming NFL draft selection.Mo Gaba, 13, a three-time cancer survivor who has been blind since he was just 9 months old, will soon make history as the first person in to read an NFL draft pick in Braille.While the superfan analyzed the upcoming draft on the Justin, Scott and Spiegel 98 Rock Morning Show, Harbaugh surprised him on the other line and shared some exciting news.“We heard about this guy named Mo that has incredible insights into the Ravens and what we do and how good we’re gonna be and we heard he’s one of our very biggest fans,” Harbaugh said. “We’re inviting Mo to announce our fourth round draft pick at our draft fest event at the Inner Harbor.“What do you think about that Mo?” Harbaugh asked.“What?! Really? I’ve never done that before,” a surprised and excited Mo said. “I’d like to do that, yeah.”“You’re gonna be the first person in the history of the NFL to announce a draft pick written on a card in Braille,” Harbough told Mo. “How amazing is that going to be?”“Whoaaa,” Mo replied, stunned at the exciting history making moment.One of the show’s hosts asked if this was the start of his budding sports broadcasting career, to which Mo confidently replied, “It’s gonna start this week.”The Ravens told ABC News that they first heard about Mo through the radio show and a local news story in March, which highlighted Mo’s incredible bond with a resource officer at his middle school.When the team heard Mo’s cancer came back for a fourth time, they sent its mascot Poe to a fundraiser for the boy on March 22. At that time, they began to consider plans to include him in the draft pick announcement, a representative for the team said.Harbaugh said the team will “roll out the red carpet” for Mo and his mom, who will attend the draft day event at Baltimore’s inner harbor on Saturday, “just like one of our draft picks.”“It’s gonna be first class all the way,” he said. “There’s gonna be tons of fans down there, our players are gonna be down there — so many of our guys are fired up to have a great day and it’s gonna be really amazing.”The video of their radio interview has been viewed on the Baltimore Ravens Twitter account more than 108,000 times as of Thursday afternoonCopyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund April 25, 2019 /Sports News – National Ravens coach John Harbaugh invites blind fan to read NFL draft pick in Braillecenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Energean, Edison agree to revised $284m deal after dropping certain assets

first_imgEnergean will gain 226mmboe 2P reserves and 2C resources through the revised deal with the associated assets producing 58.7kboed in 2019 Energean further revises deal with Edison. (Credit: aymane jdidi from Pixabay) Energean Oil and Gas and Italy-based Edison have further revised their transaction announced in 2019, reducing the consideration to be paid to the latter to $284m after excluding the Algerian and Norwegian hydrocarbon assets.After working capital, the UK-based oil and gas company anticipates paying $178m for its acquisition of Edison’s upstream operations in Egypt, Italy, the UK, Croatia, and Greece among others.Additionally, there is a further consideration of up to $100m to be paid to Edison, which will be based on the commissioning of Cassiopea development gas project in Italy.The deal is now expected to be closed within the year.Energean will gain 226 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe) 2P reserves and 2C resources through the revised deal with the associated assets producing 58.7 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (kboed) in 2019.Details of the original deal between Energean and EdisonAs per the original deal, the consideration was $750m plus the $100m contingent payment with the UK-based Energean Oil and Gas agreeing to acquire the Italian energy company’s oil and gas business – Edison Exploration and Production (Edison E&P). The original deal included nearly 90 licences across nine countries in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.Edison said that its E&P assets in Norway and Algeria will remain within the company’s scope as long as market conditions enable better valorisation. The Italian energy company confirmed its strategy to exit from E&P activities in order to focus on renewables.In April, the parties reached an agreement to exclude the Algerian assets from the deal due to regulatory hurdles in the country.Energean also got Edison to exclude the Norwegian assets from the deal after its separate deal to immediately offload Edison E&P’s UK and Norwegian subsidiaries to Neptune Energy for $280m was scrapped in March 2020.last_img read more

Paramount Foods goes into administration

first_imgOperations at a Cheshire-based pizza manufacturer have been suspended by administrators following a key supermarket contract loss.Paramount Foods, a business that stemmed from Dutch-based food manufacturer Vion, has gone into administration after losing a contract with Morrisons, believed to have accounted for around 40% of its turnover.The insolvency of the company is being handled by Sarah Bell and David Whitehouse of Duff & Phelps’ Manchester office.Whitehouse said: “While the company has incurred trading losses historically, the recent loss of a major customer has left it without any prospect of returning to profitability in line with a turnaround plan embarked upon in July this year.”Discussions about the future of the business are now taking place with customers to find a suitable buyer for part or the whole of Paramount Foods. Duff & Phelps has asked for interested parties to come forward and get in contact.The food business, which has 450 employees, creates pizza bases at a bakery manufacturing site in Salford, which are finished at a second location in Deeside.last_img read more

Warren Haynes Talks About Drawing Inspiration From Playing Jerry Garcia’s ‘Wolf’ Guitar

first_imgFans of the Grateful Dead canon certainly have something to celebrate, as guitarist Warren Haynes has been performing orchestral tributes to Jerry Garcia throughout the country. The “Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebrations” all have a special facet, as Haynes plays one of Garcia’s actual guitars: Wolf.With a show coming up tonight at the Clay Center in Charleston, WV, Haynes spoke to WOUB about the experience of playing with a symphony, of honoring the Dead legacy, and of using the same instrument that Garcia himself once played.About the shows themselves, Haynes shows his appreciation, saying, “I have a long association with the band and all the individual members, and I’ve played a lot of these songs throughout the years, but it was an opportunity to not only work with a symphony for the first time but to take this incredible body of music and pick the songs that I thought would work best with an orchestra and arrange those songs the way that I wanted to arrange them and give them to orchestral arrangers to take from there. It allows me to present the songs in a completely different light than people are used to hearing them.”He also spoke about playing the guitar itself, saying, “It’s a beautiful instrument and I was looking forward to trying it two and a half years ago when I first played these shows. And I instantly felt like I was very comfortable and at home with that instrument, especially in the context of playing these songs, I feel like it puts me even closer to the music. It instantly gives me a sound that is more associated with Jerry Garcia and therefore kind of inspires me to play with even more of his influence than I usually would.”Well said, Haynes. Don’t miss this tour!last_img read more

Old Harvard, old France, old crime

first_imgNearby is a page from a coutume for the City of Lille in 1579. Coutumes — “customary laws” — were first written down in the 13th century. They documented regional French laws and practices and later became an important source for modern French law. Coutumes were fiercely local, once inspiring Voltaire to write that a man traveling through France had to change laws as often as he did horses.An 1856 student journal on display (but not yet digitized) offers views from both inside and outside the classroom at Harvard Law School. John Marshall Vanmeter (1836-1925), who graduated in 1857, wrote about playing the violin, watching ice harvesting at Fresh Pond, and — on one occasion — walking along Washington Street hoping “to see a pretty girl’s face.”Individually, the documents do not shed much light on how law was taught and studied. But when taken together a fuller picture emerges, said Beck. “Each of these pieces gives you a little bit. It’s like a layer of paint.”Those layers sometimes reveal intersections of law and religion. “Spanning” includes a manuscript of an unpublished compilation of prayers for prisoners by lawyer, priest, and author John Disney (1677-1730). It shows his readings for those awaiting trial, for those convicted, for those awaiting execution, and for those, he wrote, “such as seem to be hardened and impenitent.”The pious Disney eases the transition from artifacts about the study of law to those that seem to celebrate its more dramatic — even lurid and seamy — side. Items in the second case were drawn from the collection’s archive of crime broadsides and related documents. The viewer can peer into legal sensations of the 18th and 19th century, including two pages from a 1785 pamphlet about a London adultery trial.Meanwhile, illustrations strike a penny-dreadful tone. Look for the title page from an anonymous 1839 account of Elizabeth Brownrigg, a London midwife executed for torturing and starving a young apprentice. Or look for a page from a copiously illustrated 1863 life story of George W. Symonds. Among the crimes attributed to the Portsmouth, N.H., native were arson, forgery, rape, and murder. “He was a really bad egg, and quite multifaceted,” said Beck. “He was a versatile evil guy.”But the timeless lure of the lurid is not all, she added, since “historians could take a number of angles” with such material. There are trial transcripts in the collections, as well as insights into crime and its relationship to poverty, women, and marriage. Add to that an overlay of redemption, sin, and punishment, Beck said of the holdings. “Theologians can get in there too.” Spanning the centuries A page from a coutume for the City of Lille, 1579. Coutumes — “customary laws” — were first written down in the 13th century. They documented regional French laws and practices and later became an important source for modern French law. The title page from an anonymous 1839 account of Elizabeth Brownrigg, a London midwife executed for torturing and starving a young apprentice. The Harvard Law School Library is a launching point for well-trained modern lawyers, but it is also a time machine. Scholars or the merely curious are free to climb into the library’s Historical and Special Collections, which house tens of thousands of rare books, images, and manuscripts. These HOLLIS-hastened time travelers can examine how law has been taught and studied and compiled.Legal history holdings at Harvard go back 10 centuries. The oldest document in the collections, a canon law manuscript from 1150, includes some impressive doodles. That may prove that legal studies, even in a monastery a millennium ago, were not always a dour pursuit.The latest exhibit drawn from the collections is “Spanning the Centuries,” open in Langdell Hall’s Caspersen Room through Aug. 22 and curated by collections manager Karen S. Beck. Two glass cases contain items from 1579 to 1868, most of them added during the three years she has been on the job. “It gives a taste of the breadth and depth of our collections and what we’re adding,” said Beck.There are three books bound together into a sammelband by a 17th-century German student studying to be a notary, an adjunct of formal legal training. (Sammelbände, or self-bound composite volumes, were common starting in the 15th century. They provide insight into what students and middlebrow readers thought was important, and related.)“We like to collect things that are unique and have scholarly impact,” said Beck, who is also a rare books curator. “And where you can see something of the owner — the maker.” Sammelbände are often strikingly intimate just because of their size, she added — ready to pocket, like the student notary’s of three centuries ago.“Spanning” also offers views of a self-help sammelband from rural 17th-century France that bound together works on medical and legal advice, showing that informal practices of both flourished outside city centers. Detailed illustrations, said Beck, were valuable prompts for illiterate audiences.One 17th-century French manuscript, inked by a law student in a spidery hand, transcribes commentaries by jurist and legal writer Edmond Merille (1579-1647). In the margins, in darker ink, a teacher seems to have added his own thoughts.“You get a sense of what the study of law was like,” said Beck.center_img A page from a copiously illustrated 1863 life story of George W. Symonds. Among crimes attributed to the Portsmouth, N.H., native were arson, forgery, rape, and murder. A page from an 1856 diary kept by John Marshall Vanmeter (1836-1925) while a student at Harvard Law School. For fun, he played the violin, watched ice harvesting at Fresh Pond, and — on one occasion — walked along Washington Street hoping “to see a pretty girl’s face.” Two pages from a 1785 pamphlet about a sensational London adultery trial. Such pamphlets often recounted saucy stories in the guise of legal reportage.last_img read more

Randy Harrison & Andrea Goss Will Lead the National Tour of Cabaret

Come taste the wine, come hear the band, come blow your horn, start celebrating right this way! Queer as Folk star Randy Harrison and Broadway alum Andrea Goss will lead the national tour of Cabaret as the Emcee and Sally Bowles, respectively. The touring production will launch on January 26, 2016 in Providence, before continuing to cities across the country.In addition to Harrison and Goss, Cabaret will also feature Shannon Cochran as Fraulein Schneider, Alison Ewing as Fraulein Kost, Mark Nelson as Herr Schultz, Ned Noyes as Ernst Ludwig and Lee Aaron Rosen as Clifford Bradshaw. The ensemble includes Kelsey Beckert, Sarah Bishop, Margaret Dudasik, Hillary Ekwall, Lori Eure, Aisling Halpin, Leeds Hill, Andrew Hubacher, Joey Khoury, Tommy McDowell, Evan D. Siegel, Dani Spieler and Steven Wenslawski.Featuring a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb and a book by Joe Masteroff, Cabaret is set in the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd—and to leave their troubles outside. The musical features some of the most memorable songs in theater history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.”Roundabout Theater Company’s acclaimed production of Cabaret includes direction by Sam Mendes, co-direction and choreography by Rob Marshall, tour direction recreated by BT McNicholl, tour choreography recreated by Cynthia Onrubia, set design by Robert Brill, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Peggy Eisenhauer and Mike Baldassari, sound design by Keith Caggiano, based on the original Broadway design by Brian Ronan. View Comments read more

It all comes down to cost, analysts argue: Carbon capture simply too expensive

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享OilPrice.com:Coal usage continues to fall, and the coal industry wants to do something about that. So does the Trump administration. Their proposed solution to the problem of waning coal usage is carbon capture and sequestration (CCS)—a technology that has been around for a long time.The basic idea behind CCS is to remove the carbon dioxide from the exhaust stream after burning the coal. Then the “captured” CO2 can be redirected. But in the US, the Southern Company and others attempted to develop an additional process. Their ultimate goal was to use cheap and plentiful Mississippi lignite and convert it chemically into clean-burning synthetic gas. The CO2 produced from combustion would also be captured. One actual use is to pump CO2 into older, less productive oil field reservoirs to enhance oil recovery. One suggestion is to replace the oil with CO2 storage after the field has been depleted.Abroad, the giant coal miners (as opposed to the smaller American ones that have been skirting bankruptcy) launched Coal21 in Australia (where coal mining is a huge business) to do research and lobbying. The International Energy Agency argues that half the world’s coal-fired power plants are under 15 years in age, so sequestration will be required in order to reduce the world’s carbon emissions (one-third of which are from burning coal).Leaving aside the question of whether past (not fully depreciated) power plant investment should influence future decisions (the sunk cost issue), the real policy question is: what are we doing—limiting greenhouse gas emissions at the lowest possible cost or saving the coal industry?The problem simply is that electricity produced by coal-fired plants using the latest CCS technology is several times the cost of other existing carbon-free technologies. With respect to a commodity product like electricity, these numbers are politically and financially untenable. To overly simplify, coal is already losing on price to wind. The CCS advocates propose to double the price of coal (from about 3 to at least 6 cents per kWh).At the end of the day, sequestration technologies fail to answer a simple question. Why add sequestration technology and the attendant costs when coal is already becoming increasingly uncompetitive as a boiler fuel relative to wind (which only costs 2 cents/kWh to produce)?More: Coal’s last hope: Carbon capture tech It all comes down to cost, analysts argue: Carbon capture simply too expensivelast_img read more

Insider tips on Apple Pay

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Last week, our Four months of Apple Pay post covered the early consumer benefits of Apple Pay—and what credit unions will need to keep in mind during implementation. Now, we’re diving deeper into the subject with the help of Michelle Thornton, Director of Product Development at CO-OP, who helps us explore some of the lessons CO-OP and participating credit unions have learned since Apple Pay launched in September.Lesson #1: Account for additional call center volume“Probably one-half of members who have a card in Apple Pay have to call the credit union for further verification. These are not huge volumes, but it is absolutely added volume,” said Thornton. Initially, some credit unions didn’t take this impact into account. One needs to develop a plan for handling the increase in calls and possibly take advantage of extra support.Lesson #2: Stay patientAs is expected with any transformational leap forward, there have been and will continue to be unexpected turns in the journey. For example, Apple or one of the networks may identify an issue, or come out with a new requirement that credit unions will then have to resolve. “CO-OP is trying to monitor for new requirements and communicate as quickly as possible about what that means, and what the near-term and long-term solutions are.” continue reading »last_img read more

People helping people: International Credit Union Day 2015

first_imgInternational Credit Union (ICU) Day® has been celebrated on the third Thursday of October since 1948. Next week we will recognize the day by reflecting upon the credit union movement’s history and to promote its achievements. It is a day to honor those who have dedicated their lives to the movement, recognize the hard work of those working in the credit union industry and show members our appreciation.As this year’s celebration approaches, we want to take a moment to thank all credit unions for your dedication and collective spirit of helping people. You transform member’s lives with loans for homes, education and business start-ups.One of the vintage mascots for ICU day showcased credit unions as your umbrella for financial storms. This message is as relevant today as it was back then. Some 25 to 30 years ago, baby boomers were looking for help to get established and they turned to credit unions. And now, the industry is seeing the same appeal from millennials. continue reading » 91SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Wolf Administration: 100,000 Medical Marijuana Patient Certifications, First Phase II Grower/Processor Now Operational

first_imgWolf Administration: 100,000 Medical Marijuana Patient Certifications, First Phase II Grower/Processor Now Operational Medical Marijuana,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today announced that approved doctors have issued more than 100,000 patient certifications to allow patients with serious medical conditions access to the state’s medical marijuana program.“Realizing 100,000 patient certifications and seeing the first Phase II grower and processor operationalized is a testament to the hard work of the Department of Health, the many advocates for this program, and our General Assembly who passed this legislation nearly three years ago,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “It’s progress that is making a difference in the lives of many Pennsylvanians.”“Medical marijuana is an important tool for patients and physicians to treat one of the 21 approved serious medical conditions in the program,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “It’s important for patients to remember that their certification expires, and they have to visit an approved doctor to renew it. While many certifications are for 12 months, some may be for three, six or nine months, so it is important to talk with your doctor to set up your recertification appointment.”In addition, the department approved the first Phase II medical marijuana grower/processor, FarmaceuticalRx, LLC, located in Farrell, Mercer County, to begin operations, bringing the total number of operational grower/processors to 13. In order to become operational, each grower/processor and dispensary must complete an operational checklist and go through multiple site inspections.More than 131,000 patients in Pennsylvania have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program, and close to 102,000 have received their patient certification and are able to purchase medical marijuana at a dispensary. In addition to patients, more than 1,500 physicians have registered for the program, 1,099 of whom have been approved as practitioners. More than 780,000 dispensing events have occurred at medical marijuana dispensaries across Pennsylvania, with more than 2.2 million products sold.The medical marijuana program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the department has:• Completed temporary regulations to enact the program;• Convened the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board;• Approved six training providers for physician continuing education;• Approved four laboratories to test this medication before it is delivered to patients;• Registered more than 131,000 patients and issued more than 100,000 patient certifications;• Validated more than 780,000 dispensing events and more than 2,200,000 products sold;• Issued 25 grower/processors permits, 13 of which are operational;• Issued 50 dispensary permits and approved 46 locations to begin operations; and• Certified eight medical schools as Academic Clinical Research Centers.The medical marijuana program offers medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under an approved practitioner’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by the Medical Marijuana Law.For more information about the medical marijuana program, visit www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov or follow the Department of Health on Facebook and Twitter. April 04, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more