The Lagakos Distinguished Alumni Award has been established in memory of Stephen Lagakos, a faculty member and former chair of the Department of Biostatistics who passed away in a tragic automobile accident in 2009.Professor Lagakos was a leader in the department, the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and more broadly, in the international community of quantitative biomedical researchers. His qualities of commitment, passion, intellectual brilliance, and personal generosity had a direct personal impact on the lives at HSPH; and his contributions to biostatistics and to AIDS research were fundamental.This award serves to honor his distinguished career, and to recognize department alumni whose research in statistical theory and application, leadership in biomedical research, and commitment to teaching have had a major impact on the theory and practice of statistical science.For more information on the nomination process, visit the website.
Offshore services player Helix Energy Solutions has seen profit increase in the third quarter of 2018, compared to the same period in 2017.Helix reported net income of $27.1 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2018 compared to net income of $2.3 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the same period in 2017.Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 was $42.3 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $20.5 million, or $(0.14) per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017.In the Well Intervention segment revenues increased $42.9 million, or 38%, in the third quarter of 2018 compared to the third quarter of 2017. The increase is primarily due to 92 additional vessel days in the third quarter of 2018 compared to the third quarter of 2017, as well as higher overall vessel utilization of 91% in the third quarter of 2018 compared to 88% in the corresponding period in 2017.In the Robotics segment revenue increased 15% in the third quarter of 2018 from the third quarter of 2017. Vessel utilization was 98% in the third quarter of 2018 compared to 80% in the third quarter of 2017.ROV asset utilization decreased to 42% in the third quarter of 2018 from 46% in the comparable period of 2017, however, the third quarter of 2018 included 128 additional trenching days compared to the same quarter in 2017.Owen Kratz, president and chief executive officer of Helix, said, “The sequential improvement in our financial performance resulted primarily from improvements in our Robotics segment, with increased trenching operations during the quarter and near full utilization of our chartered vessel fleet. Our Well Intervention segment saw continued strong operational performance and high utilization of our intervention vessels, despite lower IRS rental unit utilization and idle time between projects on our Q4000 vessel. In the fourth quarter our operations will be impacted by the normal winter slowdown in the North Sea and expected low activity levels in the Gulf of Mexico. Our market is still weak and challenging, but we remain committed to finishing the year with strong operational execution and cost discipline.”
Super Nationals heat winners in all six divisions receive a hat and $20 Casey’s gift card. Decal placement is required for both Super Nationals and Deery Series competitors. Gift cards are redeemable at any Casey’s location. “This Casey’s program is really one of the cornerstone programs we have at IMCA and was a priority to get renewed this offseason. Casey’s is a great supporter of IMCA racing and especially the biggest and best event in all of dirt track racing, the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We are also proud to both have close relationships with Hope For The Warriors and their philanthropic work is really inspiring.” “Casey’s is excited to continue its partnership with IMCA through the year 2021,” said Promotions Manager Angela Wood. “We have a long history of supporting racing in communities we operate and providing fans and competitors with locations to stop for fuel, pizza, snacks and drinks when traveling to and from race events.” ANKENY, Iowa – The premier event in all of dirt track racing and the longest running Late Model series in the Midwest will enjoy their association with Casey’s General Store through the 2021 race season. The latest agreement takes Casey’s through its ninth year as an IMCA sponsor. Casey’s and IMCA both donate $10 to Hope for the Warriors on behalf of each heat winner during the week of Super Nationals. Those donations have generated more than $30,000 since 2013 and go to the benefit of post-9/11 service members and their families. The first Casey’s location opened 51 years ago in Boone. A new store was built and opened late last year in Vinton, hometown of the International Motor Contest Association. Drivers drawing the pole start at each Deery Series main event get $50 gift cards while those with perfect attendance for the entire season receive $100 gift cards. The Ankeny, Iowa, based company now has more than 2,000 stores in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Casey’s, the Official Convenience Store of IMCA, will return as presenting sponsor of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals, to be held Sept. 2-7 at Boone Speedway, and as title sponsor for the redraw at each main event in the 33rd annual IMCA Late Model tour. The Casey’s website is www.caseys.com. Information about new promotions is also on Facebook.
Barcelona coach Valverde: Malcom can offer us something differentby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde insists he’s happy with the progress of three of their summer signings.Valverde discussed Malcom, Clement Lenglet and Arthur yesterday.He stated, “Lenglet already knew LaLiga which is an advantage to get used to the rhythm of the matches. Also to the demands that are in defence. And for the injuries he has become indispensable. “Arthur’s case is different because he did not know LaLiga and he played at a different pace. But he has fit very well because his characteristics conform to the style of Barça.”On Malcom, he added: “He is a player who has not participated as much as the other two but is a forward, good at one against one and scoring. He is different. Hope he helps us. The injuries have burdened him but we believe he has a future ahead of him.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: Everton defeat hard to takeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe refused to criticise his players after defeat at Everton.Goals from Kurt Zouma and Dominic Calvert-Lewin sealed the three points for the hosts, who move up to tenth. Howe said, “It’s a difficult one to take and one that is similar to our recent run. Personally, I’m really pleased with our performance.”We started strongly, created chances, defended well and then we switched off for a second and got punished. The game is then more difficult. We penned them in but couldn’t get that goal. “At the time, I thought the first penalty shout on Brooks probably was a penalty. I haven’t seen it back, so I may be wrong. At the end, I’ve then been told there was a stonewall, but that’s the way things are going for us at the moment. “In terms of Andre Gomes, certainly from my view, I thought the first one could’ve been a yellow, as well as the second. If you add them together, he is lucky to stay on the pitch. I haven’t seen back the one at the end, though.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – Andrew Scheer is no stranger to making political history.When he first sought federal political office in 2004, he beat out the NDP candidate who at the time was the longest serving MP in the House of Commons.Seven years later, his Conservative party won its first majority government and Scheer, then only 32, would soon be elected Speaker of the House of Commons, the youngest person ever to hold the storied post.On Saturday, he nabbed another place in the history books, becoming only the second leader ever of the federal Conservatives in a nailbiter win over Quebec MP Maxime Bernier.Bernier started on his path to the leadership race years ago. Scheer’s was more recent.In the aftermath of the 2015 election, which put the Conservatives in Opposition, Scheer gave serious thought to seeking the role of interim leader, which became available when Stephen Harper announced his resignation shortly after going down in defeat to the Liberals.The interim job comes with a catch, warned fellow Saskatchewan MP Chris Warkentin: you can’t run for the permanent position. Warkentin looked Scheer him square in the eye and said, “Don’t do it.”Warkentin and others were looking around at who was already testing the waters for a leadership bid. At the time, it was far from clear whether longtime party heavyweights Jason Kenney and Peter MacKay would seek the job. Challenging them would have been futile.Once MacKay and Kenney made it clear their interests lay elsewhere, potential supporters saw a path to victory for the dimple-cheeked father of five.Born in Ottawa but having spent his adult life on the Prairies, Scheer was a candidate of the West and central Canada. He was fluently bilingual, an asset the party needed to capitalize on its 2015 success in Quebec. And while he was young — he’s now only 38 — he had an air of gravitas that came from his years as Speaker.“I think that Andrew has demonstrated through this campaign the things I recognized in Andrew a year ago,” Warkentin said. “He had the ability to connect with Canadians from coast to coast, and if given the opportunity to get to know him, they would put their confidence in him.”Saskatchewan Sen. Denise Batters decided to back Scheer the very day MacKay bowed out.She’d been a longtime supporter of MacKay’s, and said she saw similar traits in Scheer: style and substance, a perfect foil to Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“A better guy you could not find,” Batters said of Scheer. “He thinks of his country always No. 1.”That was September 2016, and that week Scheer announced he was stepping back from his current caucus position as House leader to pursue his leadership bid.His campaign saw him pick up dozens of endorsements from within the Conservative caucus and without; a key moment for his campaign came when Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall offered his support. Another came when farmers in Quebec coalesced around his campaign in a bid to stop Bernier.The latter’s opposition to supply management was seen as a threat to their livelihoods; thousands of farmers are believed to have bought memberships in the party specifically to vote against Bernier.In Saturday’s vote count, Scheer actually won more votes in Bernier’s own riding of Beauce.Social conservatives also claim a piece of his prize.Scheer is pro-life; though he did support the party’s decision to strike a policy opposing same-sex marriage from its handbook, it wasn’t because he supports it. It was a pragmatic decision, he’s said, stemming from the fact that the country has just moved on.Still, his decision on same-sex marriage was one of the things that prompted fellow Conservative Brad Trost to launch a leadership campaign of his own. Trost said he believes that when he dropped off the ballot, his supporters went to Scheer.“Social conservatives had an impact in this race,” Trost said afterward.“We have a voice.”
APTN National News HAMILTON–A group of protestors occupying an Enbridge pipeline pumping station near Hamilton have been served with a court injunction ordering them to leave the site.The group has been given two hours to vacate the premises, said Melissa Elliott, a Tuscarora woman from Six Nations who is acting as spokesperson for the protest.Elliott said the protestors, who have locked themselves to the gates of the station, are currently discussing their next move.“Those talks are happening right now,” said Elliott.The five-day long protest has stalled worked by Enbridge in their Westover terminal for phase one of their Line 9 project which aims to bring tar sands oil to the east.Protests in support of the Hamilton area action are also planned across the country Tuesday as part of the “Sovereignty Summer” campaign spearheaded by an alliance between Idle No More and the Defenders of the Land.Protests are planned in places like Vancouver, Edmonton, Sarnia and Toronto, along with other locations.
UPDATE 7:45 p.m. – The fire is now contained and the Wildfire Service says the fire reached 7 hectares in size and was caused by humans.UPDATE 4:45 p.m.: The Alaska Highway is open in both directions after being closed for approximately 15 minutes to allow a water bomber to drop retardant on the brush fire. Crews are still working to contain the fire.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Wildfire Service is responding to a brush fire near Mile 64 of the Alaska Highway. As of 4:30 p.m. crews have closed the Alaska Highway in both directions while a water bomber drops fire retardant on the fire.The fire was first seen by local residents at approximately 3:30 p.m. between the 252 road and the Dump road. The fire is south the Coffee Creek Subdivision.If you’re in the area let us know what you see, email [email protected] with any video or photo and information about the status of the Alaska Highway.If we learn any more information, we will update this story.