FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailScott Olson/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Tucker Speckman was in for a surprise at the Chicago Cubs home opener on Wednesday.The fourth-grader had skipped school to attend the game, bringing a sign with him that read: “Skipping School. Shh! Don’t tell Principal Versluis.”Tucker hoped his sign would make it on TV, but it reached even more people when the Major League Baseball Twitter page tweeted out a photo of Speckman and his sign, captioned, “We got you,” to its over 8 million followers.What came as even more of a surprise was when Tucker’s principal, Patrick Versluis, spotted him at the game after apparently skipping out on school himself.“I kind of hollered, ‘Hey, you’re skipping school’ … and they popped that sign up and it was just complete humor,” Versluis told ABC Chicago station WLS.Tucker said he wasn’t worried about running into Versluis. The two even posed for a picture as Tucker held the sign.“I wasn’t nervous because I know he’s such a great principal he wouldn’t be mad or anything,” Tucker told WLS.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written by April 12, 2018 /Sports News – National 4th-grader skips school for baseball game, runs into principal
Beau Lund Written by May 2, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 5/3/18 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:INTERLEAGUESt. Louis 3 Chi White Sox 2AMERICAN LEAGUEBoston 5 Kansas City 4Cleveland 12 Texas 4Detroit 3 Tampa Bay 2, 12 InningsMinnesota 4 Toronto 0N.Y. Yankees 4 Houston 0L.A. Angels 10 Baltimore 7Oakland 3 Seattle 2NATIONAL LEAGUEColorado 11 Chi Cubs 2San Francisco 9 San Diego 4Washington 9 Pittsburgh 3Atlanta 7 N.Y. Mets 0Philadelphia 6 Miami 0Milwaukee 3 Cincinnati 1L.A. Dodgers 2 Arizona 1NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSUtah 116 Houston 108NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFSTampa Bay 4 Boston 1San Jose 4 Vegas 0Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defense View post tag: Anti View post tag: SAIC View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: sensors View post tag: Navy The multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a five-year period of performance, and a total contract ceiling value of approximately $50 million available to all awardees. Work will be performed primarily in Patuxent River.AIR-4.5 develops advanced sensors and systems that support a variety of aviation missions. Most of the sensors will be air deployed via manned or unmanned aircraft, but ground, surface and undersea deployable sensors may also be included when mission driven.Under the contract, SAIC will provide planning, coordination, technology development, systems definition, systems acquisition, systems integration, modification, and product support for manned and unmanned platform avionics and sensors in support of the Acoustic Systems Division and the Electro-Optics and Special Mission Systems Division. Additionally, SAIC will provide the development and modification of ASW sensor systems and the equipment used to develop, integrate, test and evaluate avionics systems. “This award expands upon our relationship with the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River. The scope of this contract encompasses many areas of expertise within SAIC,” said Tom Watson, SAIC senior vice president and general manager of the Navy and Marine Corps Customer Group. [mappress]Press Release, March 25, 2014, Image: SAIC March 25, 2014 Back to overview,Home naval-today SAIC to Evaluate Anti-Submarine Warfare Sensors for US Navy SAIC to Evaluate Anti-Submarine Warfare Sensors for US Navy View post tag: US View post tag: submarine View post tag: Provide Equipment & technology View post tag: Warfare View post tag: Defence SAICThe Avionics Department (AIR-4.5) at the Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, a US Naval Air Station located in St. Mary’s County, Maryland awarded Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) a prime contract to provide technical and scientific research, development, integration, analysis, assessment, and test and evaluation for its Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) sensor systems.
Others are yet to be convinced of the substance behind the changes OCA has outlined this week. David Barclay, JCR President of Worcester, pointed out that the association would require “close scrutiny to ensure that a return to the shame of the port-swilling pompousness of OUCA is never again allowed a place in Oxford’s public life.” He added, “As Obama infamously warned us just a year ago, you can put lipstick on a pig; it’s still a pig.”Alex Bulfin, ex-JCR President of University College commented, “Anyone who thinks that the rotten elements of OUCA will simply melt away into the night alongside its acronym needs to think again.”Cherwell has been informed that a reform group of Oxford conservatives, already dubbed OUCF by the right-wing blogosphere, were in discussions with the party with the intention of establishing an Oxford University branch of Conservative Future.The group had approached the University with the intention of formally establishing an alternative option for conservative students. A spokesperson from the University said, “We can confirm that an alternative Conservative group has contacted the Proctors seeking registration.”Michael Rock confirmed that he had been in discussions with several alternative parties, but denied that relationships with other groups had progressed further than conversations. He said, “I don’t think there’s any reason to have two separate conservative groups in Oxford.”Harvey echoed this sentiment, stressing that OCA would be “the only officially recognised conservative association in Oxford.” Ostrowski disagreed, “The Party’s refusal to seek a more suitable mouthpiece for Oxford Conservatism risks alienating its supporters in the current student body, and only fuels dissatisfaction with the state of UK politics in the younger population as a whole.”Members of the reform group are refusing to disclose details of their intentions or their current relationship with the party.Another student conservative commented, “I am surprised that the party has decided to endorse the Association, especially after so many recent controversies and in the run-up to the election. I have been campaigning for change and reform for years and I truly hope this will bring the change the Association so needs.”Stefan Baskerville, OUSU President added, “I think it will be a positive development for Oxford when there is a Conservative Association which will facilitate debate among conservative students, but is an associationwhich does not and won’t tolerate bullying and racist behaviour.” Harvey argued that the decision to link to the party was “not a response to the scandal directly”, however admitted that “the sorts of bad publicity we were generating can’t continue.”When pressed upon the concrete changes the Association would be making, he stated that the executive is “deeply committed to making a serious and intelligent forum for debate”, which will include a focus on campaigning and supporting local candidates. Harvey also revealed that there would be moves towards signing the Association up to the University’s policy on equality. Elias insisted, “It’s all about changing the tone.”There was initially speculation over whether the club would change its name, but Elias was able to confirm that the party was happy for them to continue using their old name. In addition to this, OCA will maintain a level of autonomy over its constitution, voting procedures and disciplinary procedures. The age-old tradition of weekly Port and Policy will continue to be held at the Oxford Union.Questions have been raised over whether the change of status for the Association will be anything more than a token gesture.Michael Rock, national chairman of Conservative Future, when asked whether he was convinced that OCA had changed, pointed out that the members of the Association involved in the hustings controversy were expelled from the party. However he added, “They [OCA] have to raise their standards to what we expect at CF.” The Conservative Party has sparked anger in the Oxford student community after backing the disgraced former Oxford University Conservative Association, now renamed OCA. This surprise move follows the hustings controversy of last Trinity, in which it emerged that candidates were encouraged to make racist jokes.The Association will now be an official branch of the party, losing the independent status it has clung to for over 80 years. The executive committee of the Association said they “recognised the need for change.”Marius Ostrowski, a Magdalen third year, who describes himself as an ‘ex-Tory’, expressed anger at the decision. “The Conservative Party’s decision to back an institutionally backward and bigoted organisation, such as OUCA has consistently proved itself to be, is a serious blow to the current Tory leadership’s pretences to compassionate Conservatism and open representation of those who share Conservative ideals.”Ben Lyons, co-chair of Oxford University Labour Club commented, “OUCA 2.0 are the same people who got elected at racist hustings. They are the same people who spoke in debates on reconquering the empire. And they are the same people who are still not allowed at Freshers Fair. This exposes the sham of David Cameron’s ‘progressive Conservative Party’ as it goes out of its way to support a bigoted Bullingdon-lite.”One disillusioned conservative expressed scepticism the move would force the Association to change, commenting, “It isn’t their name that’s the problem, rather it’s the people involved in OUCA who make the society such a disgrace.” He added, “I’m not sure the bureaucrats at CCHQ realise how tough a challenge they have ahead of themselves.”Conservative Campaign Headquarters was unavailable for comment.The decision was passed unanimously by an emergency meeting of approximately thirty members of the Association. Those present were “representative of all shades of political opinion in OCA,” according to Oli Harvey, President-Elect. From now on OCA will be answerable to Conservative Future, the national organisation for young conservatives. All new recruits will have to become members of the Conservative party. President Alexander Elias will be encouraging the present membership to sign up to the party as well.In response to “complaints of inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour”, the University decided to remove the Association’s right to use ‘Oxford University’ in their name. The Conservative Association was also banned from attending this year’s Freshers’ Fair.
A recent report by the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information has ruled that, “there is no convincing evidence for the exclusion of universities and higher education institutions from the scope of the [Freedom of Information] Act.” This means that recent calls from Oxford University alongside other Russell Group Universities for an exemption from the act now seem unlikely to make further headway.Representatives of the Russell Group stated in the report, “In this new market environment, universities and alternative providers are in competition for the same students and the same private-sector partnerships to augment their educational offering.”The Russell Group were joined in their calls for reform of the application of the act by the “oral evidence” of representatives from the pressure group, Universities UK. They too argued, “At the time that the FOI legislation was introduced, we were talking about a very different sector in England. Now we are operating in a highly competitive environment, a consumer market which is now controlled very much by the Competition and Market Authority.”However, the commission was not swayed by these arguments. Noted in the report was an understanding that “although it is correct that the environment in which our universities operate has altered significantly since the Act was going through Parliament, they continue to benefit from large sums of public money (albeit that much of this comes to them indirectly). We found the evidence that the requirements of the Act placed ‘public’ universities at a competitive disadvantage compared with wholly private providers unpersuasive.”Over the course of the campaign for exemption, certain voices in the media have stressed the importance of the Freedom of Information Act’s application to the universities. The Guardian told the commission that an FoI request to Russell group universities regarding their sexual assault and rape policies led to, “Two front page stories on the issue, and the follow-up led to the business secretary Sajid Javid announcing that he had ordered Vice-Chancellors to look into sexual assault and sexist ‘lad culture’ on campus and best practice to deal with it.”Defence of the act also came from activist groups, with Greenpeace noting that the act had aided their work in the past. It was observed that “Greenpeace’s latest investigation, which involved scores of freedom of information requests, found three quarters of all the funds given to Universities, were given by just two companies: Shell and BP.”Importantly, the continued application of the Freedom of Information Act to Oxford University means that Cherwell can also carry out a more detailed level of scrutiny of the university most of its readership attends. Leading stories, such as Cherwell’s exposure of the gender gap at finals have only been possible this term as a result of the Freedom of Information Act.A University of Oxford spokesperson told Cherwell, “Oxford University fully supports the need for universities to be transparent: we already publish more detailed information about its student body and admissions process than most other institutions.“The Freedom of Information Act, however, imposes considerable costs on universities in terms of both time and resources, adding to the already heavy regulation of the higher education sector. The University has noted its concerns about the Act as part of its recent response to the government’s higher education Green Paper.”
Irwin’s Bakery in Portadown has announced a deal to supply Sainsbury’s in Northern Ireland with its pancakes and soda farls, as part of the retailer’s new core range of ‘By Sainsbury’s’ own-label products.The contract, worth over £250,000 a year to the Northern Irish bakery, will see its products sold in all 13 Sainsbury’s stores in Northern Ireland.Irwin’s already suppliers the supermarket with four million products a year, and the new deal looks set to strengthen this relationship, said the firm.Michael Murphy, commercial director at Irwin’s Bakery, commented: “We are delighted to have secured this deal with Sainsbury’s and are particularly proud to be producing traditional local products, such as pancakes and soda farls, for inclusion in their newly launched ‘By Sainsbury’s’ range.”David McMahon, Northern Ireland fresh and frozen buyer with Sainsbury’s, added: “The ‘By Sainsbury’s’ range, now being launched in Northern Ireland, represents a very important part of our business and we are glad to be working with Irwin’s to deliver these popular local breakfast goods as part of our offering.”>>Irwins scoops contract with Asda>>UK bakers embrace energy saving projects
A major new £600,000 flood scheme which protects homes and businesses in a Northumberland town from tidal flooding is complete.The previous 180m flood wall in the Cowpen area of Blyth has been upgraded and extended to create a 380m wall to reduce the risk of flooding to the town.When taking climate change into account these new defences, from Crawford Street to Quay Road, will protect over 1,000 properties into the future while also offering immediate improved protection from tidal flooding to 58 properties.The work has been funded by the Environment Agency but was built by Port of Blyth as part of their wider redevelopment of the adjacent Bates and Wimbourne Quay terminals.While the Environment Agency has advised on the specifications and design of the flood wall, the Port of Blyth will own and maintain the wall. The Environment Agency will carry out annual inspections of the new structures.‘Great example’ of effective partnershipLeila Huntington, the Environment Agency’s Flood Risk Manager for the North East, said: We’re delighted this flood wall is now complete and hope it provides peace of mind to local residents that they have increased protection from tidal flooding now and into the future. This is a great example of an effective and efficient partnership project and we have worked closely with the Port of Blyth to create something which means a greater standard of flood protection at a reduced cost. I’d like to thank local residents for their patience throughout this work. We’re committed to increasing protection for our communities at risk of flooding and are continuously looking for opportunities to collaborate with our partners and provide the best possible solutions. Alan Todd, Port Director at the Port of Blyth, added: A Flood Warning service is available for Blyth residents considered to be at risk of flooding, one for the North Sea at Blyth and another for the North Sea at Blyth Town Centre.To check if you are at risk of flooding and to sign up for free flood warnings call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or visit the gov.uk website We are now able to focus on further phases of the redevelopment which will see the Bates and Wimbourne Quay terminals become one terminal, offering increased opportunities for growth and significant inward investment. We’re delighted that these works are now complete and offer immediate improvements to the flood defences for the town, its residents and businesses.
Whitbread’s chief executive Andy Harrison has turned down a 1.5% increase on his annual salary of £717,500.Alongside Harrison, chief financial officer Chris Rogers has rejected the pay rise based on his salary of £504,700. Whitbread staff, including employees at high street coffee shop chain Costa, received a 2.25% rise in pay, as a remuneration committee decided the group’s top 40 executives would be entitled to a 1.5% salary increase.The group reported total revenue of £1.77bn, up 11.2%, in its financial results for the year to 1 March 2012, in addition to a 11.3% increase in underlying profit to £320.1m. Costa’s underlying profits grew 38% to £69.7m in the past year and benefited from a 5.5% rise in like-for-like sales at its UK equity store.
Last weekend, the Grateful Dead SiriusXM show Tales From The Golden Road had a very special guest, as Dead & Company guitarist John Mayer made an appearance on the program. This was Mayer’s second time on the show, and he spent the majority of the session discussing the plans for the group’s upcoming tour.After discussing his appearance on the Chappelle Show and rehashing how he discovered the Dead, he spoke more in-depth about some of the plans Dead & Company has for the future. Among the conversation was a list of songs not yet performed by the Grateful group, including “Dire Wolf,” “Throwing Stones,” “High Time” and “Foolish Heart.” Fans can expect some of those when Dead & Company hit the road this summer.Mayer also spoke about how he loves playing the riff of “Althea,” and the encore songs like “Brokedown Palace” and “Ripple.” He also said that he prefers a slowed-down tempo for “Truckin’,” so he can catch up with the vocals, and thinks “Jack Straw” was slightly slower than it could have been in some previous performances.Dead & Company kick off their summer tour on June 10th. Full tour dates can be seen here.[H/T JamBase]
Twitter has permanently banned My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell’s account after he continually perpetuated the baseless claim that Donald Trump won the 2020 U.S. presidential election.,A Twitter spokesperson said in a statement that it decided to ban Lindell, who founded bedding company My Pillow, due to “repeated violations” of its civic integrity policy.,The policy was implemented last September and is targeted at fighting disinformation. It was not immediately clear which posts by Lindell on Twitter triggered the suspension of his account.,Lindell, a Trump supporter, has continued to insist the presidential election was rigged even after U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration has begun.