The new CCS contract is shorter and easier to understand and takes a more standardised approach. This should save SMEs time and money when deciding to bid for CCS deals and I welcome the approach. Neontribe is proud to be part of the network developing digital services for the public good, delivering better for less. This new, simpler contract will help us and other small and medium sized businesses win more of those projects. The Public Sector Contract was developed using OneTeamGov principles in partnership with Government Digital Service and Government Legal Department.The work saw CCS’s Policy Implementation team nominated for a GO Award, celebrating excellence in public procurement.CCS’s standard terms and conditions are now available online via gov.uk, with only those elements actually necessary for deals signed through CCS frameworks included in contracts.To view the new Public Sector Contract, visit the PSC pages. Harry Harrold, of Norwich based software development company Neontribe, said: The Government has launched a new, simplified Public Sector Contract designed to make it easier for businesses to apply for Government contracts.This new contract removes duplication from the application process and streamlines procurement for companies that supply to government through Crown Commercial Service (CCS) procurement frameworks.The move will make it easier than ever for smaller businesses, who may lack the resources to read and digest reams of complicated terms and conditions, to supply goods and services to government.Emma Jones, Crown Representative for Small Business says:
By Marcos Ommati/Diálogo June 08, 2020 On April 1, the United States announced enhanced counternarcotics operations in the Caribbean Sea to combat the flow of illicit drugs into the U.S. by malign actors taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. President Donald Trump made the announcement together with Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley, and Admiral Karl L. Schultz, 26th commandant of the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Diálogo spoke with Adm. Schultz, former U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) director of operations (J3), about his main goals, challenges, and COVID-19, among other topics.Diálogo: What is your main goal and biggest challenge as the USCG commander?Admiral Karl Schultz, commandant of the United States Coast Guard: I think as part of a service team, and that is what the commandant position is, I am in the business of manning, training, and equipping Coast Guard men and women. We have 11 statutory missions, and I got to roll them up under three lines of effort: securing the Homeland, fostering economic prosperity, and advancing our other national security interests, a lot of which falls under support of the combatant commanders, including our relationship with SOUTHCOM. One of my signature efforts over the last two years has been addressing Coast Guard readiness, and a key pillar of that readiness in our service is what I call the mission-ready total work force. It is building capacity in the workforce, which ties back to broadening the diversity of our work force. We are putting the tools in our people’s hands to get out there and do the important work for the nation.Diálogo: Is COVID-19 also considered a big challenge?Adm. Schultz: I think COVID-19 plays a role in every aspect of people’s lives across the globe right now, and certainly impacts the Coast Guard. I am really proud of our Coast Guard men and women. We continue in our relationship with SOUTHCOM to have many cutters in the area of responsibility doing counternarcotics work during the entire pandemic. We are doing rescue work, and I mentioned one of our key lines of effort is enabling economic prosperity –— there are 361 ports in the nation and 25,000 miles of navigable waterways. We are enabling the economy, but it is obviously taking some body blows here — container shipping is down 20-30 percent. Prices of a barrel of oil are affecting the energy sector as well, but we are doing our best to keep the economy going and help the economy get back on track here, while we do rescues, counternarcotics, and migrant interdiction, which are the whole portfolio of Coast Guard missions.Diálogo: You served as director of operations at SOUTHCOM. What is the most important lesson learned from your tenure and how are you using that experience in your current role?Adm. Schultz: I think the key take away was maybe more of a revalidation than a lesson learned. One of the things that I truly appreciated about my two years at SOUTHCOM was the partnerships. SOUTHCOM is integrated with more than 30 countries in the Western Hemisphere. I look at where we were 10 years ago, but I have been around in this counternarcotics mission most of my 37 years in the Coast Guard, in some form or fashion, and I see the level of contribution partner nations make. I would say that 50 to 60 percent of all those narcotics interdictions have partner nations’ contributions. I think somewhere between 20 to 40 percent actually have partner nation end game results in those interdictions. I really enjoyed that SOUTHCOM excels at building partner capacity.Diálogo: How is the USCG contributing to the current counternarcotics fight that was launched on April 1?Adm. Schultz: I believe that SOUTHCOM commanders Admiral [Kurt] Tidd, General John Kelly, and now Admiral Craig Faller talk about the Coast Guard being SOUTHCOM’s Navy. We remain, in my opinion, the primary force provider on any given day. We certainly welcome the uptick of the U.S. Navy hulls and capabilities, and the Department of Defense assets that are contributing to this counternarcotics operation. I will not get into too many specifics because of operational sensitivities, but we are all in the fight. We will remain in that fight, because between 60,000 and 70,000 deaths occur on American streets every year from drug overdoses and drug-related violence, so this is important. I have witnessed first-hand over my career, including my time at SOUTHCOM, the destructive, corrosive, destabilizing effect of drugs in Latin America, and those corrosive effects of the drugs in places like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. So, we are all in the fight and we will remain committed to the president’s guidance.Diálogo: Can you please elaborate on the USCG’s relationship with Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIAF-South)?Adm. Schultz: JIATF-South has been around for more than 30 years, and I think it is the premiere joint interagency, international, collaborative center in the world when it comes to counternarcotics work. And clearly, they have the lead role under Admiral DeQuattro [Rear U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Pat DeQuattro, JIAF-South director] with detecting and monitoring. We are one of the services that provide forces and end game capability, so yes, JIATF-South is absolutely critical, along with the partner nations present there, in countering drug movements. I would just add that the U.S. Coast Guard, in partnership with SOUTHCOM, to include partner nations’ contributions, clearly remains committed in this region. I am not exactly sure what the new normal will look like, but I think doing the new normal together through a collaborative partnership lens is going to be important for the security and safety of the Western Hemisphere.
—– GREENE, N.Y. (WBNG) — Chenango County dispatchers told 12 News that no injuries were reported following a barn fire that occurred at 2605 State Highway 12 Friday afternoon. 12 News originally reported the fire was located in the town of Oxford. This story has been updated to reflect this is not the case. 12 News has a crew on the way to the scene. Dispatchers say the crews were dispatched to a report of a tractor fire inside a barn around 11:37 a.m. Eventually, the call was upgraded to a report of a barn fire. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further details. Dispatchers were unable to tell 12 News further details regarding the fire. Dispatchers were unable to confirm with extent of damage done to the tractor or the barn. 3:39 P.M. UPDATE: Dispatchers say crews were on scene for two hours. GREENE, N.Y. (WBNG) — Crews are responding to a report of a barn fire at 2065 State Highway 12 in the town of Greene, Friday. The following departments responded to the fire: Greene FireBrisben FireSmithville FireOxford FireCoventry FireSmithville FireChenango County Fire Coordinators
Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle 10 Foods for Healthy Hair. by: – April 19, 2011 Share Share Tweet 30 Views no discussions Find out which foods will leave you with more luxurious hair, whether you eat them or spread them on your tresses.1. AvocadosWith over 25 vital nutrients, avocados pack a punch with Vitamins E and B. Replace your pricey conditioner with a ripe avocado and apply to wet hair after using your favorite cleanser and let it linger on your locks for a few minutes. Rinse throughly and you’ll have a clean, fresh, and shiny head of gorgeous hair.2. BeansBeans are a great source of vitamin B6 and folic acid; and the minerals magnesium, sulfur and zinc. Add black beans to your favorite Tex-Mex recipe or workday lunch for a vitamin and protein boost that will keep you and your hair shining throughout the day.3. Coconut OilThe ancient Indian practice of Ayurvedic medicine has relied on the power of coconut oil for centuries. Coconut oil is used as an anti-aging and stress relieving treatment – in addition to a miracle hair treatment. Massaging coconut oil throughout your hair just a few times per week can keep your hair free from dandruff, split ends, and hair-loss. Plus, the fresh coconut scent will instantly transport you to the beach – how’s that for stress relief?4. DairyNot only does dairy build strong bones, but it also keeps your hair strong with calcium and Vitamins D and B12. Fill up on low-fat milk and cottage cheese to keep your gorgeous hair growing strong.5. EggsWhether you like them scrambled, poached, over-easy, or sunny side up; eggs are an inexpensive way to get the protein you need to start your day off right. But did you know that you can skip the pricey organic shampoo for a natural egg shampoo that will cleanse your hair and give it a gorgeous luster? Massage egg yolks into your hair and let it sit for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with cool water. Your hair will be sparkling clean and your wallet will thank you.6. HalibutSeafood is a great way to stay slim and keep your heart healthy, and it can also benefit your hair. Halibut is full of more iron than other seafood, keeping your hair strong. Broil, bake, or grill this tasty fish for a great way to get the iron that your hair craves.7. HoneyNot only will honey sweeten your tea, it can also add some sweetness and shine to your hair. Mix 2 tbsp of honey with 2/3 cup of olive oil, massage into hair and wrap with a warm towel for a half-hour, rinse with warm water. Although it may seem a little sticky, your hair will appreciate the sweet effort.8. PeasPeas provide an excellent way to get the carbohydrates and potassium that your hair needs to stay vibrant and strong. Although they contain more calories than other green vegetables, these nutrient-filled calories will keep you full and your hair at its healthiest.9. TurkeyFull of lean protein, turkey is an excellent choice for iron, which makes for healthy, strong hair. With less calories and fat than beef, turkey can be eaten more frequently and that means more ways to get solid protein in your diet. Replace bacon with turkey bacon and throw a few turkey burgers on the grill for a lean, mean way to keep your hair strong.10. WalnutsAn excellent source of Vitamin E, walnuts provide a crunchy and satisfying way to give your hair the oils it needs to stay full of shine and luster. But walnuts can also be used to replace expensive hair color treatments. Grind the nuts and boil in hot water, strain, cool and apply to your hair for 20 minutes. The walnut mixture will naturally keep the pigmentation in your hair, keeping those pesky grays at bay.
As we reach the “dog days of summer”, you might wonder what is going on at most D1 schools during this time of the year. Most schools will be doing the following 6 things. First of all, many of the athletes in football and basketball will be taking summer school classes to catch up to the regular college student. Some of these athletes will also be trying to get themselves eligible to play the coming season.All of them will be doing individual work on their weaknesses. Very few athletes are so good that they don’t have any weaknesses. While working out, they also are trying to get bigger, stronger, quicker, and more explosive. There is a lot of controversy among the medical field that some of these workouts lead to the increase in injuries that are so prevalent in athletics today.The final two things they are doing are working with the freshman class, which will be eligible this coming season. In fact, with early graduation, some of these athletes already have a semester of classes behind them. The final phase of summer training is recovering from injuries that they suffered during the past year. In just a few weeks the new college season will be in progress.
(REUTERS) – Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney intends to stay at the club, ending speculation that he could move to China.“Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Manchester United,” Rooney said in a statement yesterday.British media had reported that Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, was in China to see if he could negotiate a deal for the England forward to leave United and join the fast-growing Chinese Super League.Rooney, 31, has been unable to command a regular starting place under manager Jose Mourinho and faces a race to be fit for a likely substitute’s role in the League Cup final against Southampton at Wembley on Sunday.He missed his club’s Europa League win at St Etienne on Wednesday with a hamstring injury and Mourinho said he could not guarantee that the player would still be at Old Trafford for the final year of his contract, which expires after the 2017-2018 season.In January Rooney broke Bobby Charlton’s club goal-scoring record but has fallen behind the likes of Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford in the competition for a first-team place.In the statement, on United’s website, he said: “I hope I will play a full part in helping the team in its fight for success on four fronts.”Rooney, who joined United from Everton as an 18-year-old, began the season in the first team, scoring in their opening Premier League match — a 3-1 victory at Bournemouth.Yet he has fallen down the pecking order under Mourinho, making only eight starts in 17 Premier League appearances this season, and scoring just two goals.Rooney, who joined United in 2004, broke Charlton’s Manchester United scoring record on January 21 when he scored their equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Stoke City — his 250th goal for the club.He is also England’s top scorer, overtaking the same player when he scored his 50th international goal, against Switzerland in September 2015.He hopes to add to his current tally of 53 — and 119 caps — but was dropped for the first time in his England career by manager Gareth Southgate for the World Cup qualifier against Slovenia in October, although he returned to captain his country against Scotland a month later.His hopes of beating Peter Shilton’s England appearance record of 125 internationals look doubtful, but if he had moved to China, where British media reported he could have more than doubled his current £300 000 ($376 230)-a-week wages, they would likely have been non-existent.
University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (26-1-1, 20-1-1 WCHA) is hitting the road to take on Ohio State (9-18-1, 5-16-1 WCHA) this weekend in a series that may prove to be a rather unique obstacle for the Badgers.Wisconsin will not only have to battle the Ohio State’s crowd, but their smaller rink will result in a faster-paced game. For the first time this season, the Badgers will have to make adjustments to cope with quicker play and less room to work with.“We are a very good skating team and I think that the smaller rink [at Ohio State] kind of confines us,” junior forward Sarah Nurse said. “It’s a little frustrating to play in, especially because we are used to the ice surface at LaBahn.”Stamina will be crucial, as Wisconsin will need to be fresh on every shift in order to maintain momentum.“There is not really a lot of time or space, it’s more like watching ping pong where it [the puck] just goes back and forth,” head coach Mark Johnson said.So, it will be important for Wisconsin’s three leading goal scorers — Nurse and sophomore forwards Emily Clark and Annie Pankowski — to stay fresh throughout the entire game, and remain a constant threat to OSU’s sophomore goaltender Alex Lamere.The Badgers’ second and third lines will need also to be ready at all times to hop in and provide fresh legs.Key MatchupThis week’s key matchup is a battle between pairs. Wisconsin’s senior defenseman Courtney Burke and junior defenseman Jenny Ryan will have their hands full against OSU’s senior forward Kendall Curtis and junior forward Claudia Kepler.As the two leading defensemen in terms of plus/minus for the Badgers, Burke and Ryan will have to be relentless in their efforts to wear down the Buckeye’s two leading scorers.Ohio State’s Kendall Curtis has netted 13 goals and her teammate Claudia Kepler has accounted for 11 more. The dynamic pair are the only two players who have reached double digits in scoring for the Buckeyes this season.What’s on the LineWisconsin will certainly have more to lose this weekend as the team is trying to maintain their five-point lead over Minnesota, who are second in the WCHA standings.The Badgers have also quietly constructed an impressive eight-game win streak on the back of their refocused efforts since losing their first game of the season back in December.On the contrary, the Buckeyes will be playing with everything to gain against the visiting Badgers — a chance to play spoiler against the No. 2 team in the country that was responsible for handing them two 0-7 and 0-8 drubbings earlier this year.“They’ll be a tough team, and they want to beat us that is for sure,” junior forward Sydney McKibbon said. “We are ranked No. 2 right now so I think that every team in our league kind of wants to be one to knock us of off that, so we have that in the back of our minds.”The first puck drops 6 p.m. Friday night and then again at 3 p.m. Saturday at the the OSU Ice Arena in Columbus, Ohio.