An Oxford student has died after a tragic accident in southwest France on Wednesday afternoon. His two friends, also from Oxford, tried but were unable to save him.The victim was 24 year old American Kojo Owusu Minta, who was Vice-President of the St Hilda’s College MCR last academic year. He had just completed an MPhil in History at St Hilda’s and was due to begin a DPhil at Lincoln in Michaelmas. The three students were part of a group of a dozen Americans and Britons staying at a cottage in a nearby village. They had spent the day on the banks of the Gave d’Oleron near Dognen in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques, when Minta lost his footing and was swept away by the current.His two friends were unable to catch up with the current and soon lost sight of him. After another British tourist on the other side of the river alerted the emergency services, he was located downstream by a rescue helicopter.A fire department doctor attempted for over an hour to resuscitate him but was unsuccessful.The tragedy is said to have shaken the small town of Dognen, as the area of the river is reportedly popular for swimming with tourists and locals alike. The site is generally considered safe, with no previous history of accidents.Dr Georgina Paul, Tutor for Graduates at St Hilda’s, told Cherwell this week: ‘The College is feeling the loss of Kojo Minta very sorely. He was a man of style and panache, a great personality in the College community, and it is impossible to comprehend how someone so dynamic could have had his life cut short in this way.‘But he was also a man of quiet good works and deep convictions, and I think all of us are feeling the strength of that legacy: his love of the Bible and of Milton, his work not just for the College, but for the University’s Race Equality Steering Group, and with the African Books Collective amongst other activities.‘He had just attained a Distinction in his History MPhil and had the funding to continue on to his DPhil. His supervisors have written to me of his academic promise and energy and their shock, too, at his loss. This tragic accident has robbed the University of a talented mind as well as taking from all of us a very fine and special man. Kojo will for ever be remembered at St Hilda’s.’A memorial webpage in honour of Kojo Owusu Minta can be found here: http://www.forevermissed.com/kojo-minta.
March Enforcement Campaign onDangerous and Impaired Driving”Gibson County – Between 10:00 last night and 1:00 this morning, Indiana State Police conducted a sobriety checkpoint on SR 64 at 2nd Avenue in Princeton. During the checkpoint 82 vehicles passed through and one Oakland City man was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Troopers also cited one person for possession of marijuana and another driver for driving while suspended.Arrested for Driving While Intoxicated:Cory Vinnedge, 30, Oakland City, IN (BAC .11%)The Indiana state Police are committed to traffic safety and will continue to conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints to apprehend impaired drivers and to deter others from drinking and driving.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Wednesday marks the first official day of summer (arriving at 12:24pm). Although it has felt like it for the last couple of weeks. Summer solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic Of Cancer which is 23.5 degrees north of the equator. This is when we receive the most daylight, just under 15 hours. Sunset will be around 8:28pm for the remainder of June (peaking at 8:29:01 next Tuesday), then begin setting earlier each day after that.This is also the reason the people run the risk for sunburn due to the high UV levels. Wednesday’s UV index forecast is expected to be very high due to plenty of sunshine. So use that sunblock!High pressure will build in for the remainder of the week keeping us mostly dry. Temperatures on Wednesday will be around 80. If you are heading to the beach, remember rip current risk is still running on the high side so swim in guarded areas.Forecast Highs Wednesday.We do run the risk of a shower Wednesday evening as a weak disturbance moves through.Computer models show a few spotty showers or t’storm late afternoon/evening Wednesday. (Courtesy:tropicaltidbits.com)Weather will repeat itself for Thursday as we will be under the influence of the high pressure system. Mostly sunny skies with high temperatures in the low 80s. Ideal weather for late June.Minor coastal flooding is possible as we reach astronomical high tides due to the full moon on Friday. Tides could run close to or just above flood stage during Thursday and Friday high tides.A couple of fronts will approach as we move towards the weekend. This will give a some clouds cover from time to time along with a threat of a shower or t’storm.Computer models show the threat of a shower on Friday. (Courtesy:tropicaltidbits.com)
The Events Research Programme aims to provide scientific data on the transmission of Covid-19 that can be used to inform the policy of reopening events in a safe environment as per the Prime Minister’s Roadmap. Researchers at the events will gather evidence associated with different settings and approaches to managing and mitigating transmission risk. The pilots will explore how different approaches to social distancing, ventilation and test-on-entry protocols could ease opening and maximise participation.In order for these pilot events to take place, parts of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 (S.I. 2021/364) need to be disapplied by the Secretary of State for both DCMS and DHSC. The power to disapply is conferred on the Secretary of State in Regulation 9 and takes the form of a direction that is required to be published online.This means relevant restrictions such as gathering, hospitality or the requirement to wear face masks can be disapplied at a specified premise or event and for specified periods for the purpose of research into the transmission of coronavirus in controlled environments.
Source: SakuradoJapanese patisserie Sakurado is set to open its first bricks and mortar site in Chinatown, London.The 700 sq ft boutique, which also takes inspiration from French patisserie, has initially opened for takeaway, delivery and click & collect. A dine-in area will be open, if government rules allow, once lockdown has lifted in December.Sakurado is known for its mille crepe – a 30-layer cake comprised of alternating pancakes and pastry cream in various flavours. Other items on the menu will include a wobbly cheesecake, and Japanese pastry staples, such as roll cakes, shortcakes and mochi ice cream. The store also offers coffee and bubble tea.“Fusion desserts, such as the mille crepe Sakurado is so well-known for, is a popular trend in Japan and growing rapidly in popularity in the UK. Chinatown London’s credentials as a takeaway hub have been further enhanced by Sakurado’s opening, giving huge variety for Londoners craving something different during this lockdown,” said Julia Wilkinson, restaurant director at Shaftesbury, the real estate investment trust that manages a number of shops and restaurants in the district.Located at 66 Shaftesbury Avenue, the store has been designed in accordance with current Covid-19 guidelines. There is a limit on customers allowed in patisserie at any one time, as well as a one-way system for takeaway and click & collect.“Having started in 2018, Sakurado has supplied some of the most popular restaurants and chefs in London alongside Chinatown’s best bakeries with our mille crepes, prepared daily. Opening our very own store in this buzzing and central location is very exciting for us – we look forward to safely welcoming customers through our doors, and launching in full in December,” added Ernest Singh, owner of Sakurado.Chinatown has a wealth of bakeries at its centre – some offer fusion desserts, such as Kova Patisserie, while others, like Golden Gate Cake Shop, have more traditional offerings.
Read Full Story More than 110,000 people dead. Seven million individuals displaced from their homes. Three and a half million child refugees. Multiple assaults with chemical weapons.These are the grim statistics that define the Syrian conflict. What began as peaceful demonstrations on March 15, 2011 has devolved into a human tragedy of epic proportions that has stymied the international community.How to end the brutal civil war is far from evident. This, at least, was the dismal conclusion of experts who discussed the conflict at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum last night (September 24). “The Syrian Tragedy: Ending the Bloodshed” was moderated by Meghan O’Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at HKS.Frederic Hof, a senior fellow with at the Atlantic Council, noted that a political situation, while possible, is not likely under current circumstances. “According to the US and the EU, the only way forward is a negotiated settlement,” said Hof. “But Russia and Syria aren’t buying it.”“It’s too soon to tell if Assad is a winner or loser” after the proposed chemical weapons deal, said Mona Yacoubian, M.P.A. ’89, a senior adviser at the Stimson Center.Joseph Bahout, professor of Middle Eastern studies at Sciences Po Paris, emphasized that the proposed disposal of Syria’s chemical weapons needs to be considered separately from the idea of a political solution to the civil war.“If we solve for the chemical weapons, we don’t solve the Syrian problem,” he said. “A political solution, while desirable, seems impossible,” he said.
Doctors and nurses operate amid a blizzard of new information that can save the lives of people who not long ago would have died. The challenge? Keeping it all straight.Atul Gawande, a Harvard professor and surgeon and New Yorker staff writer, illuminated the problem by recalling a letter he received five years ago from a Texas man who was in a head-on collision at 70 miles an hour. The injuries were severe enough that years ago they might have killed the man, Gawande said. Instead, emergency responders were on the scene within minutes. Within a few more, the man was in a helicopter to a major hospital, where his spleen was removed, the bleeding was stopped, and his condition stabilized.From there, Gawande said, the patient had to endure months of treatments addressing different injuries, but in time he got on with his life. That is, until he went to the beach one day and contracted an infection.The spleen can be important in fighting certain infections, Gawande noted. That’s why patients who have it removed typically are given three post-procedure vaccinations. In this case, the man received only two. The third would have protected him from the bug he picked up at the beach. The man lost his feet, fingers, and nose. Then he lost his job and his ability to take care of his family.‘We love rescue and the heroism of being able to save someone. The death that didn’t happen is invisible.’ — Atul GawandeThe incident was awful, but not isolated, said Gawande. He remembers one case at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in which the patient died. What’s needed, he said, are simple systems to help, such as the surgical checklist he developed at Ariadne Labs, which he founded and which is a joint center of the Brigham and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Checklists, smartphone apps, or other interventions are penicillin-like in their life-saving potential, said Gawande, who spoke Friday at Faneuil Hall as part of HUBweek. His checklist takes aim at preventable surgical deaths, the estimated cause of as many as half of all surgery-related deaths. Recently published research on a checklist trial in South Carolina hospitals showed a reduction of 22 percent of all surgical deaths.Though the systems can potentially save many lives, Gawande, in response to questions from author Malcolm Gladwell, said that they get little attention. Further, they meet resistance from a significant minority of doctors who feel they don’t need them.It’s perhaps telling, Gawande said, that of the 25 percent of surgeons who said in a recent survey that the checklists were too long and unnecessary, 95 percent said that if they were having surgery, they’d want all the items on the checklist performed.Gawande and Gladwell discussed whether the problem was related to heroism — or its lack. People get excited about saving someone who’s hurt, which is one reason surgeons are held in such high regard and demand such high salaries. There’s nothing dramatic about an injury that’s headed off, he noted, so even though the statistics tell of a life-saving impact, the work often goes unnoticed.“We love rescue and the heroism of being able to save someone,” Gawande said. “The death that didn’t happen is invisible.”
Over the last three years, we have built VxRail to be the fastest and simplest way to modernize and extend your VMware environment. From talking with our customers, we know many of them are looking for a hybrid cloud strategy. In fact, according to a recent survey by Enterprise Strategy Group, 92% of respondents reported that their company’s cloud strategy includes on-premises data centers1. And with good reason! No single cloud offering is a perfect fit for the great breadth of workloads that IT organizations are tasked to support.Hybrid cloud allows IT organizations the flexibility to choose the resources best suited to address application and business needs. However, implementing a hybrid cloud architecture can introduce additional complexity and risk.It was only natural for us to extend our market leading platform and address the changing needs of our customers. Once again, through joint development with VMware, we are helping our customers get the benefits of a hybrid cloud strategy while alleviating the complexity and risk that may be introduced.I am thrilled to announce the arrival of VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail—a fast and easy path to deploy and operate hybrid cloud through a fully integrated platform. Cloud Foundation on VxRail offers the operational hub for your hybrid cloud, delivering consistent infrastructure and consistent operations with full stack integrity—meaning a seamless experience from the hyperconverged infrastructureVxRail delivers an experience that is not available on any other on-premises infrastructure running VMware Cloud Foundation. Delivering a unified user experience, VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail is lifecycle managed as one complete, automated, turnkey on-premises experience, greatly reducing risk and increasing IT operational efficiency. This tight integration facilitates smooth, rapid deployment and a simplified management experience while also delivering infrastructure agility that can accelerate your organization’s ability to offer IaaS and PaaS.Optimized for performance, scalability, user experience and TCO savings, Cloud Foundation on VxRail incorporates many unique Dell EMC and VMware jointly engineered integration features that simplify, streamline and automate the operations of your entire SDDC stack with end-to-end lifecycle management. In its recent releases, VMware has made architectural updates to Cloud Foundation that marry well with core VxRail functionality, such as networking flexibility enabling Dell EMC networking benefits, as well as deployment options ranging from appliance . Another example of the synergistic relationship between the two companies is the synchronous release of VxRail and VMware software updates, so the latest HCI and cloud software benefits are in customers’ hands sooner. Not only sooner, but better—Cloud Foundation on VxRail is based on VMware SDDC best practices, an approach that is future-proof for next-generation VMware cloud technologies that will be developed around the same architectural design principles.If you’ve determined that hybrid cloud is in your IT organization’s future, I want to leave you with this: the best way to improve service outcomes and reduce operational risk while evolving to a hybrid cloud operating model is by leveraging trusted technologies and operational processes. Dell EMC VxRail is designed with VMware, for VMware, to enhance VMware-enabled organizations’ ability to streamline operations and predictably evolve. Cloud Foundation on VxRail empowers the next step of that evolution.I’ll be attending Dell Technologies World next month to discuss Cloud Foundation on VxRail, as well as other exciting hyperconverged happenings. One of my favorite things about these events is the opportunity it affords to interact with our amazing customers who are leveraging our technology to make a difference in the world. I hope to see you at Dell Technologies World, and look forward to continuing this conversation with you in Las Vegas! Until then…1.ESG, Hybrid Cloud Tipping Point, June 2018
California regulators okay early shutdown of GE-owned, 800MW gas-fired power plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The California Energy Commission on Dec. 11 approved the premature decommissioning and demolition of General Electric’s 10-year-old, financially struggling natural gas-fired Inland Empire Energy Center, a more than $500 million generating facility in Riverside County once heralded as the future of the global power sector.Now a different future is unfolding — one in which a large-scale battery storage system is planned to replace the once roughly 800-MW, combined-cycle plant after GE dismantles it over the next year.“Obviously, the repurposing of this site as a battery storage facility will provide significant benefits,” Commissioner Karen Douglas said at a meeting ahead of the agency’s unanimous vote approving GE’s closure plan.The facility will cease power production at the end of 2019 and begin a 12-month decommissioning and demolition process, according to the plan. The company mothballed one of the two units in 2017.Only a quarter to a third of the way into the typical 30- to 40-year lifespan of such assets, the plant’s machinery remains in “pristine condition,” according to the Branford Group, an auctioneer that is helping GE sell still-useful equipment at reduced prices.Inland Empire came online in 2009 amid a gas plant building boom in California that pushed the state’s capacity reserves far beyond what is required for grid reliability. Increasingly under pressure from low-cost renewables, the plant’s early end reflects the investment risks of a gas-fired glut in many regions of the U.S., as identified in a new S&P Global Market Intelligence investigation. [Garrett Hering]More ($): California OKs early end for GE gas plant; big battery peaker planned
Guide to the East Tennessee Road Trip Adventure:BRING: Mountain bike, water shoes, courageHIGHLIGHT: Scrambling the Chimney TopsSOUVENIR: Handcrafted beer mugs from Moccasin Bend Brewing (bendbrewingbeer.com)Day OneStart at the Sugarlands Visitor Center on the western edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and head up Newfound Gap Road to the Chimney Tops Trail parking lot. This is a four-mile out and back that takes you to the rocky spine of a 4,840-foot knob with stellar views stretching deep into the park. Out of 900 miles of trail inside the park, Chimney Tops is one of the most stunning short hikes. Start by following and crossing Walker Prong for a mile as it makes its way into the West Fork of the Pigeon River, then ditch the creek and start climbing the mountain in earnest. You’ll gain 1,335 feet on your way to the ridge. The trail gets rootier and rockier the higher you climb, until eventually you’re scrambling hand over hand on solid rock with vertigo-inducing exposure. Hop and scramble your way across the spine of the mountain, pausing for a sack lunch with impeccable views.Post-hike, set up your tent in Elkmont Campground ($17), then drive just west of the park to Townsend, where you’ll splurge on one of the finest meals in East Tennessee at Dancing Bear Lodge. The menu changes nightly depending on what the chef pulls from his partner farms, but expect something to the tune of cornmeal-dusted rainbow trout over grits.Day TwoHead south along US 411, skirting the edge of the Smokies to the Ocoee River Gorge, where the Ocoee offers class IV whitewater winding through steep and green mountains. The Ocoee is dam-released, so check tva.gov for the recreational release schedule. If you can, go on a weekend when the Upper Ocoee is flowing, allowing you to do the Upper/Middle combo trip for 8.5 miles of class III-IV that includes the ’96 Olympic canoe and kayak course as well as big-hit rapids like Grumpy’s and Humongous. And keep an eye out for the new breed of whitewater SUP paddlers who test the limits of SUP on the Ocoee all summer long.Pitch a tent at the Thunder Rock Campground, inside the gorge on the banks of the river ($12). And bring your mountain bike. The Thunder Rock Express is the highlight of the Tanasi trail system, which begins and ends at the campground. The screaming 1.5-mile downhill is well worth the sweat equity it takes to climb out of the gorge.Day ThreeKeep the bike lubed for your final day, when you’ll hit the ever-expanding Raccoon Mountain Trail System just outside of Chattanooga. SORBA Chattanooga has built 22 miles of singletrack on TVA land above downtown, with more to come in the future. The Chunky Freeride area offers steep downhills, big jumps and overhead drops over natural boulders. The Small Intestine Trail is the exact opposite, with smooth, flowing singletrack cut through a tight forest. Bust out a couple of loops, then drop into downtown Chattanooga for a mini brewery tour that includes the Chattanooga Brewing Company in the hip North Shore neighborhood, the inventive Moccasin Bend Brewing at the base of Lookout Mountain, and Terminal Brewhouse in the up and coming Southside neighborhood. Grab a dog or two at Good Dog, where the meat and all the fixings are harvested within 100 miles of the shop. After the beer tour, settle down for the night at The Crash Pad, a boutique hostel that caters to adventure-minded travelers (bunks start at $27).Want more adventure? Check out our full list of road trip guides!