Serena Williams dominates in first round of Australian Open

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMark Kolbe/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Serena Williams cruised to a first round victory in the Australian Open on Tuesday.In her first appearance at the Grand Slam tournament since winning the title in 2017 while pregnant, Williams, 37, defeated Germany’s Tatjana Maria 6-0, 6-2. The match took just 49 minutes.Williams will now face Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img January 15, 2019 /Sports News – National Serena Williams dominates in first round of Australian Openlast_img read more

Aramco and SABIC announce plans to realign marketing and sales, commercial and supply chain activities to drive efficiency and add customer value

first_img SABIC Global Headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi-Arabia. (Credit: SABIC/Wikipedia.org) Aramco and SABIC today announce their intention to transfer the marketing and sales responsibility for a number of Aramco petrochemicals and polymers products to SABIC, and the offtake and resale responsibility of a number of SABIC products to Aramco Trading Company (ATC).The effect of these changes, planned to be implemented on a phased basis during 2021, subject to the necessary consents being obtained, will focus SABIC on petrochemicals products and ATC on fuel products.This is a significant step in aligning the Aramco and SABIC strategies, following Aramco’s acquisition of a 70% stake in SABIC in June 2020.Aramco and SABIC will continue to review options for further global marketing and sales transfers across product-producing companies within the Aramco group portfolio.Benefiting customersThe changes will drive further operational efficiencies, strengthen the brands of both companies and their combined products and services offering, and help to maintain competitiveness. Customers will benefit from improved product range and availability, ordering and points of sale, supply chain, shipping reliability, and after-market services and solutions.Ibrahim Al-Buainain, Aramco Trading Company President and CEO, said: “The transfers reflect our shared commitment to capitalize on the complementary nature of Aramco and SABIC’s respective product portfolios as we strive to create added value for our customers and shareholders.“Together, Aramco Trading Company and SABIC are focused on providing a world-class products and services offering. These changes will place us in an even stronger position to deliver market-leading innovation and value.”Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, SABIC Executive Vice President – Petrochemicals, said: “By leveraging and optimizing our complementary combined product portfolios we will create a one-stop shop for the benefit of our customers globally, including in strategically important geographies, especially across Asia.“These marketing and sales transfers and operational changes are intended to put us closer to market, driving greater agility and flexibility to deliver added value to customers and power their ambition.”About the marketing and sales transfers and changesResponsibility for the global marketing and sales of certain Aramco petrochemicals and polymers products and those of its joint ventures and affiliates will transfer to SABIC, initially focused on: PRefChem (Pengerang Petrochemical Company Sdn. Bhd.); SADARA (Sadara Chemical Company); and, S-Oil Corporation (S-Oil Corporation, South Korea).After completing the consolidation of petrochemical products, SABIC will market the following products, which include both existing products and extensions to its portfolio: HDPE, LLDPE, LDPE, PP copolymer, PP homopolymer, PP terpolymer, ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer(EVA), PMMA, PA6, MEG, DEG, TEG, Mono-Ethanolamine (MEA), Di-Ethanolamine (DEA), Tri-Ethanolamine (TEA), Ethylene diamine (EDA), DiEthyleneTriamine (DETA), ortho-Toluenediamine, Polymeric Methylene Diphenol Diisocyanate (PMDI), Toluene diisocyanate (TDI), Propylene Glycols, Polyols, Propylene Oxide, MMA, Butyl Glycol Ether, Acetone and Phenol.In parallel, responsibility for offtake, resale and sourcing of a number of existing SABIC fuel products globally (Benzene, MTBE, gasoline blending components and EU cracker feedstocks) will transfer from SABIC to ATC. Sales of Aramco Para-Xylene will remain with ATC.A number of marketing and sales transfer exclusions currently apply, and there are therefore no changes planned to the following:Aramco: excess production of Olefins.ARLANXEO: portfolio products (rubber and elastomer).Motiva: portfolio products (cyclohexane, propylene and ethylene).S-Oil: responsibility for domestic marketing and sales in Korea.About the commercial and supply chain activity transfers and changesResponsibility for the commercial aspects of liquid bulk marine shipping services will be consolidated under ATC (including chemicals and feedstock), while responsibility for the shipping of all solid products and customer product delivery will be consolidated under SABIC. Source: Company Press Release SABIC will focus on petrochemicals and Aramco Trading Company will focus on fuel productslast_img read more

BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING

first_img8.        ADJOURNFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERSREGULAR MEETINGROOM 301, CIVIC CENTER COMPLEXWEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 at 12:00 NOON AGENDA1. CALL TO ORDER2. MEETING MEMORANDUM   AUGUST 16, 20173. CONSENT AGENDAa. Request Re: Approve and Execute Fall Festival Parking Assignmentsb. Request Re: Approve use of group rate for special event at Swonder on September 16, 2017– Crook4.        OLD BUSINESS   5.         NEW BUSINESSa. Request Re: Approve and Execute Joint Land Use Agreement with EVSC for Helfrich Park– Holtzb. Request Re: Approve and Execute Management and Service Agreement with WesselmanNature Society, Inc.  – Holtzc. Request Re:  Approve and Execute Extension of Facilities Lease and Service Agreement withBoys and Girls Club of Evansville, Inc.  – Holtzd. Request Re: Any Other Business the Board Wishes to Consider and Public Comments6.        REPORTSa. Brian Holtz, Executive Director7.        ACCEPTANCE OF PAYROLL AND VENDOR CLAIMSlast_img read more

Northern Foods trading update

first_imgNorthern Foods has said that revenue from its bakery division declined by 2.6% in the fourth quarter and 4.6% in the year to date.The trading update, for the 13 weeks ending 31 March 2007, revealed that its market share of the biscuits business continues to be ’relatively stable’.Northern Foods’ bakery division comprises biscuits and puddings, while pizzas and frozen products are part of its frozen division. Sandwiches and salads are part of its chilled division. It also makes ready meals. Underlying revenue in the frozen division grew by 2.4% in the fourth quarter and by 2.6% in the year to date.Full year results, for the 52 weeks ending 31 March 2007, will be announced on 30 May.last_img read more

ABST launches learning day

first_imgThe Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) is to hold a learning day in March next year.The event will focus on NPD and innovation in the baking industry, and will look at the process of developing products.The schedule for the event was voted for by ABST members, and the organisation is looking at getting industry experts involved.ABST has also announced that conference chairman David Mizon has stepped down from his role for personal reasons.  It said he had been an invaluable member of the executive committee at the organisation, and that the committee would continue to prepare for the ABST Conference in 2015. Matthew May, general secretary said: “On behalf of the ABST I would like to sincerely thank David for everything that he has done for the organisation and I am sure you will all join me in wishing him the very best for the future. The organisation encouraged any members who wished to help the committee with the organisation of the annual event to contact May on email at [email protected]last_img read more

Revolutionary discovery

first_imgHarvard archivists have made what they call “a Revolutionary discovery” in the stacks at Houghton Library.Karen Nipps, head of the Rare Book Cataloging Team, came across eight “subscription sheets,” signed petitions dated “Boston, October 28, 1767.” The documents record one of the early calls for Colonial Americans to boycott British goods. The British had just imposed the Townsend Acts, requiring heavy tariffs on British goods. Six years later, the same tensions sparked the famed Boston Tea Party. Civil actions like these foreshadowed the American Revolution.In 1767, the signers pledged not to buy goods imported from Britain and its other colonies after Dec. 31. The list of boycotted articles opens a window on 18th-century American imports, including furniture, loaf sugar, nails, anchors, hats, shoe leather, linseed oil, glue, malt liquors, starch, gauze, and the dress gloves worn at funerals.Historians had known about the boycott, which was called a “nonimportation agreement.” Records exist of a town meeting at Faneuil Hall on Oct. 28, 1767, which preceded the signatures. But until now, scholars had no idea how many colonists had pledged to participate or who they were.“It’s an exciting discovery,” said John Overholt, Houghton’s curator of early modern books and manuscripts. “It’s going to be the subject of scholarly attention.”The sheer number of signatures — more than 650 – is attention-getting. In 1767, after all, Boston was a town of only 15,000 people, including 8,000 children. Historians of early America are also eager to pore over the names of the signatories themselves. It will be a first for those who study the connection between consumer boycotts and the Revolution.Beyond names, the signatures reveal the tensions and crisscrossing loyalties of the time. Next to some of the names are scribbled notes saying that the person signing is pledging to boycott only for a year. Other signatures are scratched out.The passion to boycott even crossed political lines, said Overholt. “It’s not all firebrand revolutionaries.” Some of the signers ended up Loyalists.Scholarly attention is already picking up speed. The documents were uncovered on July 10 during a project to catalog older library acquisitions. On July 11, alert to the significance of the signature sheets, Overholt announced them in a Houghton Library blog post. By July 12, the first scholar, Samuel A. Forman, made a visit.“I have never seen 650 individual signatures on any communal document of this time,” he said, “much less one comprising a link in the chain toward eventual independence.” Forman, an author and scholar of early America, is a visiting scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health. His book “Dr. Joseph Warren: The Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, and the Birth of American Liberty” appeared last year.Primary sources from that era can be fragmentary, he said, and the find at Houghton “provides a record of individual agency and group dynamics that historians and biographers will find compelling.”Others scholars are in line to see the documents, said Overholt, and they are in luck. The eight sheets — browned and creased but on good rag stock — are now fully digitized.Beyond the big numbers, the names of those who signed the boycott petitions tell another story. Some went on to become icons of the Revolution. Midnight riders Paul Revere and William Dawes signed. So did James Otis Jr., the Boston lawyer and pamphleteer who wrote the words that came to represent the core of the fight for independence: “Taxation without representation is tyranny.”Also signing the pledge was Joseph Warren, the subject of Forman’s book. A physician, he was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill while fighting as a private soldier. The little-known patriot, a 1759 graduate of Harvard College, dispatched Revere and Dawes on their famous ride.Warren was also the author of the Suffolk Resolves, a 1774 declaration by Suffolk County to boycott all British goods. (Britain’s Massachusetts Government Act had just given royal governors expanded powers.) The Resolves echoed the 1767 boycott, but with sharpened rhetoric. Great Britain, the document began, had “persecuted, scourged, and exiled our fugitive parents from their native shores, [and] now pursues us, their guiltless children, with unrelenting severity.”Forman called the Resolves “a far more eloquent, forceful, and politically adept effort” than the 1767 boycott. They were adopted by the First Continental Congress and foreshadow the stinging language of the Declaration of Independence.As a physician, Warren also had a role in the earliest intimations of the revolution to come. In February 1760, he performed an autopsy on Christopher Snider, a 12-year-old boy killed during a protest against a British customs agent. It was the first casualty of the unrest to come, including the Boston Massacre 11 days later.To the British, the most significant signatures on the petition of 1767 were likely the Bostonians who wielded real power. Among them were prominent landowner Joseph Sherburne, one of the first to sign, and Royall Tyler, a wealthy merchant and politician.To today’s scholars of early America, however, the list includes a signature of special (if arcane) interest: Harbottle Dorr Jr. His annotated collection of Revolutionary-era American newspapers — a kind of day-by-day record of revolt — resides at the Massachusetts Historical Society.Identifying Dorr might be a leap for most of us. But try the names of some other signatories, including Rebekah Walker, Elizabeth Clark, and Mary Williams. The free mix of male and female names on the boycott document offers a rare glimpse into the pre-Revolutionary passions that crossed gender lines.“These women were far from shrinking violets,” said Forman. The newly found documents will reveal “names and associations” that place women at the center of the gathering revolution, he said – “this foundational juncture within volatile late Colonial Massachusetts and Boston.”Beyond scholarship, the signature sheets themselves were personally resonant, said Forman. “I felt the weight of history.”last_img read more

Author examines causes, outbreak of First World War

first_imgWhen Europe went to war in 1914, it was not as theatrically dramatic as the history books make it seem, according to Sir Christopher Clark, winner of the 2015 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies.“The story of how this war came about was not a James Bond movie,” Clark said. “This kind of thing does not happen in 1914. It was not an Agatha Christie murder. It’s not that kind of story. It was an intensely interactive crisis [where actors were] willing to take risks — that’s the core cause here: All the key actors were all willing to take risks in this war.”Clark, who received the award for his book, “The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914,” delivered the 2015 Laura Shannon Prize Lecture on Thursday evening, focusing on the outbreak and preceding events of World War I. “It seems to me that there’s a theatrical intensity that repays revisiting these events. So I’d like to start by introducing a couple that was about to have a very bad day. Of course, that’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Sophie Chotek, who were visiting Sarajevo on the 28 of June,” he said. Clark said the couple was driving along the road by the river in Sarajevo when a bomb was hurled at their carriage. “The bomb originally missed and landed instead on the covering, the folded roof, and bounced back, probably assisted by the Archduke who had made this sort of swatting motion,” he said. “At this point, you would think that this would be a good time to call off their trip to Sarajevo. But when this was proposed, the response was more that of, ‘No, we can’t do that, this guy was just a lunatic.’”Shortly thereafter, Clark said, the man who threw the bomb was captured by a policeman and a barber with a pistol.“Where did these guys go? We need more barbers with pistols,” Clark said. “So these guys jump into the river to get the guy who threw the bomb. The Archduke saw him and told him to get him to an asylum, you know, business as usual. And they decided to go on with the day as planned.”After the couple stopped briefly to meet with some of the leading men of the city, they decided to reroute their original path, he said.“They didn’t want to go through the narrow streets in the Bazar district, and it was proposed that that would be dangerous, that it may be filled with assassins. So they decide to change the route, and it was fine, and it was all agreed. And that was fine, but someone forgot to tell the Czech driver that plan,” he said. “So then car number two comes to a complete stop in front of Schiller’s store, and that’s when the assassin had the perfect opportunity to take his shots.”It was there, in front of the store, that Ferdinand and his wife were killed, Clark said. Ferdinand’s last words were, “Sophie, Sophie, don’t die, stay alive for our children.”“The speed at which his last words were last publicized was incredible — it reminds us how globalized the world was already. He wasn’t JFK, but his death did trigger an immense wave of emotion. We mustn’t understate the emotion generated by the assassination,” Clark said. Though it was an act of terrorism, Clark said it is important to clarify the difference between Ferdinand’s assassination and recent acts of terrorism. “This act was not carried out in extreme cruelty; it was not an act of terrorism in the way we see in Paris,“ Clark said. ”It wasn’t that kind of unmeasured extreme murders. It doesn’t excuse these murders, but it helps to qualify them. There’s a difference between them and the terrorists we see in events like 9/11 or the attacks in London.”Though on the morning of June 28, Europe was at peace, Clark said mere days later Europe erupted in war.“If you had asked anyone if they thought a major war was on the brink, they all would have said no. It globalized at a really dazzling pace,” Clark said. Tags: Archduke Franz Ferdinand, laura shannon prize, world war Ilast_img read more

Georgia grown

first_imgThe Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, a unit of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, studied whether shoppers were aware of the 2001 “Grown in Georgia” marketing campaign. They asked how the shoppers perceived the campaign and how it affected shopping decisions.The 2001 campaign was developed using $100,000 by the Georgia Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and Kroger.Special cardboard displays featuring brochures about Georgia produce, including recipes, were displayed in more than 140 Kroger stores in Georgia. Kroger supplied sales data to evaluate the impact of the campaign.“The 2001 change in sales indicated that the program was effective at moving additional products,” said Kent Wolf, market analyst with the center.Of the shoppers surveyed, 94 percent said they’d buy fresh, Georgia-grown produce over competing produce, given equal quality and similar prices.“The study found that the Georgia-grown marketing campaign has the potential to significantly impact Georgia’s produce through increased sales of Georgia-grown produce,” Wolfe said.Shoppers want to know where the produce was grown, Wolfe said. Nearly all of them believed labels should identify fresh produce grown in the state, he said.Due to these findings, many Georgia farmers are now putting the “Georgia Grown” logo on their produce packages and signs.“To effectively market produce grown in Georgia, it’s important to create promotional material that’s likely to impact shoppers’ purchase decisions,” Wolfe said.Most shoppers said Georgia produce is fresher and tastes better than produce grown elsewhere. They believe it should have a longer shelf life, too, because it hasn’t been stored as long.The 2002 campaign hopes to capitalize on this perception. The phrase “Farm Fresh” has been used this year in advertising.The campaign budget has increased to $2 million. This will include mass media advertisements, like TV commercials and metro-Atlanta billboards. The campaign has been extended, too, to include Wal-Mart.This type of campaign supports Georgia’s overall economy, Wolfe said. It helps Georgia farmers better market their products close to home.“As the program grows, consumers’ preferences for Georgia produce will provide producers here with a marketing advantage over non-Georgia produce,” he said.last_img read more

US Physicians Provide Medical Assistance To Panamanians On The Hospital Ship “Comfort”

first_imgBy Dialogo June 01, 2009 The US Navy Hospital Ship “Comfort” will provide free medical care to Panamanians as part of a humanitarian assistance tour throughout the Caribbean, Central America and Colombia. During the opening ceremonies for the “Comfort”, the US Ambassador to Panama, Barbara Stephenson, emphasized the “top quality medical care that will be offered to hundreds of Panamanians”. She also pointed out the history of collaboration in the area of Health Care between the two countries, starting with the eradication of Yellow Fever during the construction of the Panama Canal at the start of the 20th century, to providing systems for drinking water and medical care to communities with difficult access to health care. The ship, which will be anchored at the port of Cristóbal, in the city of Colón, in the Panamanian Caribbean, until 01 June, will provide free medical care for general surgery, orthopedics, urology, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, optometry, pharmacy services, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, pediatrics and general medicine. The “Comfort” will have a crew comprised of 925 members from France, Canada, Holland, Spain and the United States. The ship is 275 meters long, has 12 hospital wards and the space capacity for up to 1000 hospital beds. According to the Clinical Supplies Director for the Panamanian Ministry of Health, Mario Rodríguez, the presence of the ship in the region “will help to reduce the waiting lists (for patients) in the public health sector”. As part of the “Comfort’s” program, medical, personal hygiene and school supplies valued at $400,000 will be distributed to Panamanian non-profit organizations such as Aldeas SOS, Casa Esperanza, Rememi and Reintegra. These supplies have been donated by different non-government organizations throughout the United States. Last April 1st, the ship “Comfort” set sail from Norfolk, Virginia (United States), and it visited Port-au-Prince (Haiti), Antigua and Barbuda, and afterwards it went from Panama towards Colombia, El Salvador and Nicaragua. In 2007, the American vessel conducted a mission throughout 12 Latin American countries, where more than 169,000 patients were attended and 1500 operations were performed. A total of 20 million dollars was earmarked in order to cover the expenses of this two year mission, according to information provided by the US Embassy in Panama.last_img read more

North Bay Shore Man Admits Killing Ex, Tot

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man has admitted killing his ex-girlfriend and her 2-year-old son in the North Bay Shore apartment they shared a week before Christmas two years ago.Jerry Lewis pleaded guilty Tuesday at Suffolk County court to one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder.Prosecutors have said the 25-year-old man fatally stabbed Shakeela Planter, 21, a dietician at Huntington Hospital, at her South Cardinal Court home on Dec. 18, 2011.He also beat her son Jaiden to death and stuffed him in the freezer, police said at the time.Lewis, a Jamaican immigrant, had fled to Maryland after the murders but was later extradited back to Long Island.Judge Richard Ambro will reportedly sentence Lewis to 30 years to life in prison on April 3.last_img read more