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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailartisteer/iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — After their offense sputtered through the first seven weeks of the season, the Arizona Cardinals have decided to make a change.The Cardinals fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Friday, one day after a 45-10 loss to the Denver Broncos dropped Arizona to 1-6. Nearing the halfway point of the season, Arizona has not yet gained 300 yards in a single game, and hasn’t had a 100-yard rusher. That despite drafting highly touted quarterback Josh Rosen in the spring, and returning running back David Johnson.This is the second consecutive year that McCoy has been fired during the season. The Broncos fired McCoy after Week 11 of last year.McCoy will be replaced by quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich. Leftwich played nine seasons in the league for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Leftwich joined the team as an intern in 2016 and was later promoted to quarterbacks coach. He has never called plays at the NFL level. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by October 19, 2018 /Sports News – National Arizona Cardinals fire offensive coordinator Mike McCoycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

first_img PTTEP discovers oil and gas in Block SK405B through the drilling of the Sirung-1 well. (Credit: PTT Exploration and Production Plc.) PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) has made an oil and gas discovery in Block SK405B, offshore Malaysia, through the drilling of the Sirung-1 exploration well.Drilled to a total depth of 2,538m, the wildcat well intersected an oil and gas column of over 100m in the clastic reservoirs.Block SK 405B is contained in shallow waters, nearly 137km off the coast of Bintulu in Sarawak state.PTTEP said that it will drill an appraisal well in near future to evaluate the upside resources of the Sirung-1 discovery.The Thailand state-owned company, through its subsidiary PTTEP Sarawak Oil, spudded the Sirung-1 wildcat well in January 2021. It is the first exploration well in Block SK405B.PTTEP CEO Phongsthorn Thavisin said: “The Sirung-1 exploration well marks PTTEP’s third discovery offshore Malaysia following SK410B’s Lang Lebah and SK417’s Dokong. PTTEP also plans to explore nearby prospects in this PSC next year.“The achievements have strengthened our investment base as we continue to expand our exploration horizon in Malaysia.”PTTEP Sarawak Oil is the operator of Block SK 405B with a stake of 59.5%. The company is partnered by MOECO Oil (Sarawak) and Petronas Carigali, which hold stakes of 25.5% and 15%, respectively, in the offshore Malaysian block.Petronas said that the Sirung-1 discovery further confirms the potential of Balingian Province in which exploration of the remaining prospects is yet to be done.Petronas upstream exploration vice president Emeliana Rice-Oxley said: “The Sirung-1 discovery further proves the presence of oil, especially in the under-explored deeper play within the Balingian Province. This came after similar success in an infill well at D18 Field.“We are well-positioned to pursue a similar play in the other two neighbouring blocks in the same province, namely Blocks SK411 and SK306.“As such, developing this block and other surrounding areas remains an integral part of PETRONAS and our partners’ long-term growth plans.”Last month, PTTEP and Petronas made a sweet gas discovery in Block SK417 in Malaysian waters while drilling the Dokong-1 well.Block SK417 is located in the shallow waters of Baram Province, about 90km off the Sarawak coast. An appraisal well will be drilled at a later time to assess the upside resources of the Sirung-1 discoverylast_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » ‘Not enough agents are leaving Rightmove yet to make a difference’ previous nextMarketing‘Not enough agents are leaving Rightmove yet to make a difference’Iain White says that until campaigning groups such as Say No To Rightmove have a simple, unifying message for agents to focus on, Rightmove will win once more.Nigel Lewis19th May 20203 Comments1,930 Views The number of feeds being cut to Rightmove are at their highest ‘in living memory’ a leading industry consultant has claimed, indicating unhappiness among agents has reached unprecedented levels.But Iain White, who is a consultant to dozens of estate agents across the UK and who until 2014 worked at Countrywide at a senior level, says the number of agents pulling the plug on Rightmove remains relatively low compared to its total agent database.White also says that the campaigns – four of which recently joined forces to unite behind a common purpose – have yet to truly set out their stall and that this is causing problems.“I don’t think the campaigns have yet truly said what they stand for including whether it’s saying ‘leave Rightmove’ or just ‘stay at a certain price’ or ‘leave after the discount period’,” he says.“It is these types of question marks which have held some agents back from joining these campaigns.“There are agents who plan to leave Rightmove who haven’t joined these campaigns, and others who have joined, but have no intention of quitting the portal.”White says the campaigns, and in particular the most high profile, Say No To Rightmove, must make it clear whether they are asking agents to leave Rightmove if a lower price cannot be negotiated.“If that is the case then fine, but tell us what that price is and when the trigger to leave will be,” he adds.Asked what he would do, White said: “I would make it obvious what the campaign stood for and, if everyone agreed, I would say we’re all coming off Rightmove and you need to give our notice by this date. Are you with us, Yes or No”.Reduce feesThe Negotiator put Iain White’s point to London agent Murray Lee, who is one of the four key agents leading attempts to persuade more agent to take on Rightmove.“I’ve said from the beginning if they don’t give us more courtesy in their dealings with the agents and reduce their fees to a much more realistic level In line with the 75% now [being charge] then I will serve my notice,” says Murray“I’ve told Iain this, as have the leaders of the other three campaigns, and that’s been my stance all along.”Watch the interviewSay No To Rightmove Iain White Rightmove May 19, 2020Nigel Lewis3 commentsMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 19th May 2020 at 10:21 amGood morning!I think we have said EXACTLY what we stand for IainAll in the simple title…. SAY NO TO RIGHTMOVECant be more simple can it?Let me explain if it isn’t clearSay No to their over inflated price structure (50% more than Zoopla)Say No to their different pricing structures per agent/per chain/per areaSay No to their “take it or leave it” attitudeSay No to their once a year only meaningless laptop statistic showing visitsSay No to their pointless constant nonsense emailsSay No to their dreadful client/customer careSay No to their “Bully Boy” tactics (Quote – Mr T Abrahamson/Glentree)Say No to even needing a portal who takes no interest in their customerANDSay No to this very same portal who needed pointing out that a lousy “deferral offer” was their “Ratner” momentSay No to the same portal who had to be told, in direct conversation with their CEO (Quote Alan Goldin/Alan Goldin Estates), that that offer was derisory and then panicked into withdrawing it 24 hours later and Then and ONLY then, reducing fees by 75% for 4 months (while Zoopla offered it FREE yes FREE for 5 months!!!!!)AND FINALLYSAY NO TO A COMPANY THAT HAVE MADE ZERO, ZIP, ZANADA, contact with me (and many others I believe) to ask “hows it going……”Is that clear enough Iain?And I am 100% confirming here, unless they make a realistic offer on their pricing structure in the next 75 days (or ideally less) at least this agency will be giving noticeSo thats 1 more with a very big mouth for a little guy, who with the other 4 horseman of the portal apocalypse (Quote – when he can get it right – Chris Watkins himself.Rightmove……..or Wrongmove?Over to you!!!PS French Onion Bike Ride Challenge accepted – due to be 31/5/20All donations gratefully accepted to my Just Giving PageLog in to ReplyPhilip Norgan, Martin Kemps Martin Kemps 19th May 2020 at 9:18 amThe fear factor of leaving RM will always be there. Perhaps if those agents who are struggling with the decision spoke to those of who have been long gone from RM, it would help their decision process.As I have said many times on social media and on forums, it the one of the best things we ever did. Being dictated to by an organisation that is so out of touch with its customers is not something we wanted and since leaving RM, business levels have increased and productivity has improved.If anyone wants to call me, I am happy to give them the facts and figures. 07741 857119Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 19th May 2020 at 11:59 amThanks PhillipI hope you have backed the Say NO movement (even if you have already left!?)Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

first_imgThe Imps and the Revue are the two main branches of Oxford student comedy. The more famous Revue has existed for 50 years and its members have included people such as Michael Palin, Dudley Moore and Rowan Atkinson. The Imps have, surprisingly, only existed since the beginning of this academic year, following inspiration at the Edinburgh fringe festival during the summer, although they seem to have been around forever and have already made themselves into an Oxford institution. It seems, therefore, logical that the two should come together to create one Kaboomshow at the end of what has been a very successful year for the two groups. The problem facing these groups is that it is so easy to rubbish what they do, especially if one starts comparing the Revue’s sketches to those of Monty Python or the Imps to Whose Line is It Anywaybut this would be to overlook what they are actually trying to do: to create new comedy and, more importantly, to entertain. This is not a bunch of pretentious students trying to be the next Chris Morris but a group of people having fun and trying to be humorous. One of the main criticisms banded around about the Revue and the Imps is that they appeal to a low sense of humour; that they just are not clever enough for the educated Oxford audiences, but this is part of what they are trying to do. They want to move away from the pretentious and, in places, incomprehensible comedy of their predecessors to get people laughing again, and from the response they get, they seem to have achieved this. The fact is, that despite the sneers that the comedy groups will inevitably get, they are both on the whole very funny. This is helped by the huge amount of talent in the two groups. A central circle of extremely talented people unites the two groups, but in both the stand out performance comes from the director of the Imps, Jon Dick. Although his confidence and ability can tend to overpower the weaker members of the groups, this in no way harms the performances, it just makes the fact that he is going from Oxford to start improvisational comedy in the big world of Chicago, the home of the art, seem like a pretty smart move. There are other stand-out performances, in the Imps – the fantastically energetic Rachel Ball and, in both the Revue and the Imps, the brilliant Jim Grant and the director of the Revue, the delightful Drummond Muir. If any criticism can be made it is that some of the Revue sketches, or the characters within the sketches, are slightly derivative or clichéd but this does not make the performances any less enjoyable or funny. Since the main point of Kaboom is to entertain, as long as it does this, what is the problem?ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img read more

first_imgAssociated British Foods (ABF) said its Allied Bakeries business had traded well in its full year results to 17 September 2011.Its grocery division, which includes Allied, saw revenue up 7% to £3,638m from £3,406m. Adjusted operating profit increased 9% £249m to £229m.The firm said Kingsmill, part of Allied Bakeries, saw success with its bakery snacks and rolls, with strong growth coming from its 50/50 range, which was extended into sandwich alternatives including wraps and pitta pockets. Allied’s Burgen bread brand was expanded with a new product line, while increased in-store promotion helped to support the brand. ABF said Allinson, which relaunched in August, continued to lead the premium wholemeal sector.An extensive upgrade to the West Bromwich bakery was completed in the financial year, with a new bulk handling system, warehouse extension and improved site access. “Roll production was consolidated there when the new plant came on stream, as planned, in March. Installation of a new bread plant and bulk handling system in Glasgow was completed during the summer and production is building following successful commissioning,” said the firm.In its sugar division, AB Sugar delivered a record profit after world sugar prices hit 30-year highs during the year. In the UK, British Sugar’s profits reflected the impact of the crop shortfall resulting from the frost damage sustained during the severe weather last winter, said the firm. It added that the combination of an increase in production at British Sugar, a further improvement in its operations and higher sugar prices were expected to benefit the business.Within its ingredients division, which comprises yeast supplier AB Mauri and ABF Ingredients, operating profit fell 46% to £104m, despite an increase in revenue of 5% to £1,123m. This was “as a consequence of significant raw material cost increases, a highly competitive trading environment in many of our markets and substantial commissioning costs of the new yeast factory in China.”Group revenue was 9% to £11.1bn, with adjusted operating profit up 1% to £920m, and adjusted profit before tax up 1% to £835m.last_img read more

first_imgThe high street coffee chain has confirmed it will be opening the two new Somerset stores by April. The openings will create between eight and ten jobs.A Costa spokesman said: “The stores will be run by one of our franchise partners, a local businessperson to the area, who will do all that they can to integrate the new store with the local community, getting involved with events; providing the store as a meeting place and helping with fundraising.”As reported in its recent full year update, expansion continues apace for Costa, both for stores and for its Costa Express machines, of which there are already over 5,000, with a further 1,000 planned this year.For its new stores, the operator is increasingly opting for locations away from traditional high streets, with travel hubs, drive-throughs and retail park sites set to account for the majority of openings over 2016/17.last_img read more

first_imgResearchers at Cardiff University are using the power of genomic sequencing and high performance computing to unlock the secrets of COVID-19.In scientific laboratories around the world, efforts are under way to put the power of genomic sequencing and high performance computing (HPC) to work in the fight against COVID-19. At Cardiff University in Wales, a team of scientists is working with the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK), to unlock the secrets of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.This team is led by Dr. Thomas Connor, a distinguished researcher of the Cardiff sequencing center under the umbrella of COG-UK. The COG-UK organization brings together experts from across the UK National Health Service (NHS), academia and public health agencies for large-scale, rapid genomic sequencing and analysis of the coronavirus. This information can then be quickly shared with hospitals, the NHS and the government to help inform their responses to the pandemic.“Genomic sequencing will help us to understand coronavirus and its spread,” Dr. Connor says in a Cardiff University news release. “By analyzing samples from people who have had confirmed cases of COVID-19, scientists can monitor changes in the virus at a national scale to understand how the virus is spreading and whether different strains are emerging. Having this information available will help in the clinical care of patients — and ultimately help to save lives.”COG-UK also benefits from another project where Cardiff University has played a key role: the MRC CLIMB project. Dr. Connor leads the Medical Research Council (MRC) Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics (CLIMB) project at Cardiff University with support from Supercomputing Wales to supply COG-UK with the computational resources needed to share and analyze the large volumes of COVID-19 genomics data now being generated across the UK.Working with Dell TechnologiesIn these efforts, Dr. Connor and his colleagues are building on a longstanding relationship with Dell Technologies. The team works to enable CLIMB’s capacity to share and analyze large volumes of COVID-19 genomics data. With this solution in place, the University has the potential to sequence samples within 24 hours, allowing for real-time responses.“CLIMB has become an essential national capability for microbiologists in the UK,” Dr. Connor says in a Dell Technologies case study. It serves more than 1,000 users and over 300 research groups from 89 research institutions, including universities, public health agencies and governmental organizations. In addition, CLIMB has provided training in bioinformatics to thousands of academics, students and clinical microbiologists across the UK and as far afield as Palestine, Gambia and Vietnam.A look under the hood of MRC CLIMBThe core infrastructure for CLIMB is a Dell EMC cloud system running the open source OpenStack operating system. To enhance resiliency, CLIMB is spread over four sites, each with 500 TB of local scratch storage.At the heart of the CLIMB environment is a large shared object storage system that provides about 2.5 petabytes of HPC data storage, which can be replicated between sites. This storage system is based on Red Hat Ceph Storage running on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with Intel® Xeon® processors. This community system provides a place where researchers can store and share very large microbial datasets.In addition, the CLIMB cloud environment offers access to a huge amount of memory — more than 78 terabytes of RAM. With all this muscle under the hood, CLIMB can run more than 1,000 virtual machines simultaneously, and each of these VMs can be preloaded with software, customized by end users and saved as snapshots for reuse by others on the infrastructure.“For seven or eight years, I’ve had a really great relationship with the HPC team at Dell,” Dr. Connor notes. “They answer our questions and help out whenever we need help. They have been really accommodating in terms of helping us to get the solution that we need to do the work that we do. That’s a really positive thing that has come from my interactions with Dell.”Another positive outcome is the results of the research powered by the HPC clusters that drive the high-throughput sequencing and bioinformatics used to fight infectious diseases and enable personalized healthcare.“In the last 12 months, we have sequenced around 8,000 to 9,000 patient samples across our genomics programs,” Dr. Connor says, “and all of that has been processed through our hardware supplied by Dell.”To learn moreFor a closer look at the work of Dr. Thomas Connor and his colleagues at Cardiff University, see the Dell Technologies case study “Unleashing the power of genomics.” And to learn more about the global effort to fight the deadly COVID-19 disease with the power of HPC, visit the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium.last_img read more

first_imgJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to coordinate and strengthen their campaign against they say is international discrimination against palm oil, the countries’ main commodity. Indonesia and Malaysia are the world’s largest exporters of palm oil, which plays an important role in their economic recovery. Together they account for 85% of global palm oil production. But they are hampered by the European Union, which they allege favors producers of other vegetable oils. After meeting Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Indonesian President Joko Widodo told reporters that it’s better for the countries to fight palm oil discrimination together. They object to the EU policy on palm oil that categorizes it as unsustainable and lays out plans to phase out its use in biofuels by 2030.last_img read more

first_imgCynthia Nixon is once again directing off-Broadway! The Tony winner will helm the world premiere of MotherStruck written and performed by Staceyann Chin, beginning September 24 at Culture Project’s Lynn Redgrave Theater. Opening night is set for October 7.The producers include Rosie O’Donnell, who said in a statement: “[Chin’s] account of growing up alone in Jamaica, without parents, of her plucky and deeply funny perspective about her unlikely survival, and of finding her voice in New York City, moved me deeply.”MotherStruck sets forth Chin’s personal journey to motherhood as a single woman, lesbian and activist who does not have health insurance or a “serious, stable financial set up,” but wants to have a child. Told through Chin’s uniquely personal and poetic lens, this solo show explores how the process changed her life and how she makes peace with what she learns from the experience. View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgLearning how to preserve homegrown produce will be the focus of the next Saturday at the Rock workshop set for June 8 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton.The class is set for 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and will be led by Denise Everson, a family and consumer sciences agent with University of Georgia Extension. Everson will share research-based recipes and provide instructions on safe methods for food preservation.The cost of the program is $10 per person. Advanced registration is required by calling (706) 484-2862 or emailing [email protected] Participants must be 11 years of age or older.Saturday at the Rock programs are held the third Saturday of each month, excluding December. A complete list of Saturday at the Rock sessions may be found online at read more