Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS-Former BYU men’s basketball players Elijah Bryant and Kyle Collinsworth will be competing in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, giving themselves a chance to showcase their skills for their respective teams.Bryant, a first-team All-West Coast conference honoree in 2017-18, led the Cougars with 18.2 points a game, while also contributing 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists.Bryant will be playing on the Philadelphia 76ers’ summer league squad while Collinsworth returns to the Dallas Mavericks’ summer league roster.Last season, Collinsworth played in 32 games for Dallas last season, posting 3.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.Both the Mavericks and 76ers will play three games in Las Vegas and will then be seeded into a single-elimination tournament. July 6, 2018 /Sports News – Local BYU’s Bryant and Collinsworth To Compete in NBA Summer League Brad James Tags: BYU Men’s Basketball/Dallas Mavericks/Elijah Bryant/Kyle Collinsworth/NBA Summer League/Philadelphia 76ers
Oil and gas divestment a ‘last resort’The announcement builds on the New York pension fund’s Climate Action Plan, which launched last year, setting out the initial steps it would take to “address climate risk in its portfolio”.It took action earlier this year for its interests in the thermal coal industry, confirming in June it had divested from 22 out of the 27 coal companies it assessed.The fund is now in the process of evaluating nine oil sands businesses, including Canada’s Suncor, Husky Energy and Canadian Natural Resources.“Divestment is a last resort, but it is an investment tool we can apply to companies that consistently put our investment’s long-term value at risk,” said New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who oversees the fund.“We continue to assess energy-sector companies in our portfolio for their future ability to provide investment returns in light of the global consensus on climate change. Those that fail to meet our minimum standards may be removed from our portfolio.”New York State Senator Liz Krueger welcomed the announcement, saying it “sets a high bar” in an important year for climate action.She added: “The New York State Common Retirement Fund is the third-largest pension fund in the country, and when it takes action, people pay attention.”Sandy Buchanan, executive director of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), echoed the sentiment, saying the decision “makes sense financially and displays bold leadership that should inspire other institutional investors the world over to follow suit”. The state pension fund says it will assess oil and gas firms’ climate-related investment risk and consider divestment if they fail to meet new standards Several major corporate investors have been putting pressure on energy companies to embrace climate commitments The New York state pension fund – one of the world’s largest, controlling $226bn in assets – has warned the oil and gas industry that it may pursue divestment from companies that are failing to act on climate change.It is in the process of developing “minimum standards” for investments in shale oil and gas, which are to be followed by new requirements for firms across the industry, including oil and gas equipment and service providers, storage and transportation specialists, as well as firms engaged in other forms of exploration and production.The fund, known formally as the New York State Common Retirement Fund, has also announced a broader goal to transition its entire investment portfolio to net-zero emissions by 2040.This will include a four-year review of its energy-sector portfolio, which will assess the “transition readiness and climate-related investment risk” of companies involved. Investors are raising the stakes climate risksIt is the latest step in a growing effort by major investment vehicles to put pressure on energy companies to adapt to climate targets.Analysts have warned of the risk of “stranded assets” as the global energy system shifts away from fossil fuels, amid the rapidly-falling cost of renewables and accelerating policy action to decarbonise.Earlier this year, BlackRock, the world’s biggest asset manager which controls almost $7tn in assets, joined the Climate Action 100+ investor initiative, in the biggest signal yet that climate-related risks are a top priority for influential corporate shareholders.Some oil and gas companies have already responded to this changing landscape. European majors like BP and Shell have set out long-term plans this year to reach net-zero emissions by mid-century, although counterparts in the US have so far been slower to react.After a year in which the coronavirus pandemic has exerted huge financial pressure on the oil and gas industry, forcing many companies to slash budgets and make significant portfolio writedowns, the ability to access capital has become an even stronger growing concern.“We hope this commitment from the third largest-pension fund in the nation will help to inspire and ratchet up ambition across the broader investment community,” said Mindy Lubber, chief executive of the sustainability non-profit group Ceres.“All assets owners and managers need to strive for high-ambition goals that achieve net-zero emissions and manage climate risk at the portfolio and systemic levels.”
Categories: The ceremony marked the final handing over of duties from the PVs to the new littoral mission vessels (LMVs). Related Article Since 2017, the navy has been decommissioning its Fearless-class units. The replacement of the PVs with the LMVs is part of Maritime Security Task Force’s (MSTF) restructuring efforts to better coordinate maritime security operations and respond to evolving threats such as terrorism, sea robberies and intrusions into Singapore Territorial Waters. Posted: about 1 year ago Authorities Photo: MINDEF Singapore The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has decommissioned the final two Fearless-class patrol vessels (PVs) RSS Freedom and RSS Gallant at a sunset ceremony at Tuas Naval Base held on 11 December. View post tag: Singapore Navy “As part of the RSN’s 24/7 High Readiness Core, RSS Freedom and RSS Gallant each sailed 314,000 nautical miles – 12 times around the Earth – in defence of our waters and in support of Singapore’s defence relations,” Commander Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF), RADM Yong Wei Hsiung, said, paying tribute to the two ships. View post tag: Patrol Vessel Photo: MINDEF Singapore Posted: about 1 year ago RSS Freedom and RSS Gallant were commissioned by then-Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Tony Tan Keng Yam on 22 August 1998 and 3 May 1997, respectively. Over the years, the ships have safeguarded Singapore’s maritime interests and territorial integrity through numerous operations at sea. They also advanced Singapore’s defence relations by participating in bilateral and multilateral exercises with foreign navies. Singapore decommissions three Fearless-class patrol vessels View post tag: Fearless-class Share this article
This document sets out the NHS’s aggregate net sales and payment information on pharmaceuticals for February 2020.The Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme 2014 (PPRS) limits the growth in spend on branded medicines used by the NHS.
For the final day of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival last night, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead closed out their run at the Joy Theater in New Orleans. This run has been special to say the least, with the group composed of Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, and Scott Metzger channeling the New Orleans magic into their performance, including the debut of a brand-new cover of Zequinha de Abreu’s “Tico-Tico no Fubá.” You can check out the full setlist below, courtesy of Peter Costello, and check out pictures from last night’s show, courtesy of Dave Vann.Set One (10:02PM – 11:25PM): Samson & Delilah -> Jack Straw > Loser -> Vampire Blues -> Throwing Stones @ > Stella Blue # -> Music Never Stopped $Set Two (11:57PM – 1:25AM): Ruben & Cherise % -> I Know You Rider ^ -> Let It Grow -> Tico Tico & -> Let It Grow Reprise -> Eyes Of The World $ > Dancing In The Streets * -> Franklin’s TowerEncore: Brokedown [email protected] – With “Ticket To Ride” (The Beatles) Tease (TH), a Duo Jam, an Unknown Tease (TH & MB) & a China>Rider Transition Tease (Band)# – With a Throwin Stones Tease (SM)$ – With a Stella Blue Tease (TH)% – With a “Who Are You” (The Who) Tease (Band)^ – With a “Midnight Rider” (The Allman Brothers Band) Tease (TH)& – Zequinha de Abreu Cover (Full Title is “Tico-Tico no Fubá”), First Time Played by Almost Dead* – With a “Fame” (David Bowie) Tease (DD) & a “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” (Michael Jackson) Tease (MB) Load remaining images
Castle McLaughlin came face to face with her future in the summer of 1986, staring into the eyes of a wild, blue roan stallion.She had parents who were equestrians, a grandfather who was a well-known polo player, and a pony from age 5, and she grew up with a profound love for the animals.“‘Horse’ wasn’t my first word,” said the associate curator of North American ethnography at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. “But it should have been.”Yet this “mature, dominant stallion that had never been touched” was far from tame, and it was suddenly hers. Moved by its fierce struggle during a roundup at the North Dakota national park where she was working for the summer, McLaughlin purchased it at auction. She planned to tranquilize the rare stallion, get him into a trailer, drive him to the edge of the park, and return him to the wild.“I was just standing there looking at him, wondering how I was really going to do this.”Fortunately, two brothers, Frank and Leo Kuntz, were there to save similar horses from slaughter. They offered to help and took the stallion home to their ranch, where it lived for a decade. The serendipitous meeting was the beginning of a long collaboration. The three made a commitment to keep the unusual breed alive and eventually helped to create the Nokota Horse Conservancy, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving the Nokotas, the name ultimately given the breed.“We’ve come such a long way, but we are still struggling every day to keep the horses alive and keep them going,” said McLaughlin of her nonprofit work, which has involved creating a breed registry for the animals and promoting them for diverse equestrian disciplines.The conservancy maintains a small breeding herd of about 120 animals that live and breed on their own for six months of the year in large pastures; in winter they are brought to a ranch to feed. A few offspring are sold each year, typically to other preservation breeders. In addition, the Kuntz brothers also keep small private herds.Little could McLaughlin know that her love of animals and of art and artifacts would ultimately merge in her work at Harvard.Commissioned by the National Park Service to research the breed over three years, McLaughlin established that the horses had direct connections to animals ridden by some Native American Sioux, including the Hunkpapa chiefs in the Battle of Little Big Horn. She used her knowledge of the horses to inform the current show at the Peabody Museum.McLaughlin is co-curator of its ongoing exhibition on “Wiyohpiyata: Lakota Images of the Contested West,” which prominently features Nokotas.The show revolves around a small “artists book” containing 77 pictures created during the 1860s and ’70s by a group of Native American warrior artists, recovered by the U.S. Army after the 1876 Battle of Little Big Horn, in which American Gen. George Armstrong Custer was defeated and killed. Many of the drawings capture the Native American warriors astride their horses, the unique Nokota breed.McLaughlin is writing a book about the ledger that is the centerpiece of the Wiyohpiyata exhibit. A graphic artist, photographer, and videographer — skills developed during her time in art school — she collects and draws with vintage fountain pens.McLaughlin said of her work with the exhibition, which will be on view through next August, “It’s amazing that these Lakota horses have survived and that we’ve been able to install video footage of them in the gallery to animate the drawings of their war pony ancestors done by warriors more than 100 years ago.”“As an anthropologist interested in human relationships with animals, the opportunity to research and participate in their ongoing history has been fascinating. The great challenge now is to ensure that they have a future, and my hope is that museum visitors will appreciate their value and want to help make that happen.”
Mullets are making a comeback, at least for the men of Saint Edward’s Hall.Mullets Against Malaria, an annual fundraiser for the dorm, officially launched on Thursday night when two barbers gave mullet haircuts to 33 residents of St. Edward’s.This year’s event director, sophomore Parker Mathes, said the fundraiser allows the St. Edward’s community to come together to support malaria prevention and include the entire campus in gaining donations and publicizing the damage malaria inflicts throughout the developing world.“We get mullets as a way to get people’s attention and raise awareness,” Mathes said.Rosie LoVoi | The Observer According to the website of the World Health Organization (WHO), there were approximately 198 million cases of malaria world-wide in 2013, resulting in 584,000 deaths. Mathes said the money raised by Mullets Against Malaria goes directly to Nothing But Nets, United Nations Foundation initiative that focuses on malaria prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to the organization’s website, Nothing But Nets works with partners like UNICEF, the United Nations Refugee Agency, the WHO and others to buy mosquito bed nets and supply them to African countries.This is only the second year of the fundraiser, Mathes said, but it hopes to build on the success of last year’s campaign, which raised $3,493 through the funding site YouCaring. The goal for the current campaign is $5,500 and donations are being accepted through GoFundMe.In addition to the mullets, Mathes said St. Edward’s is raising awareness by selling shirts for $15, which after covering overhead costs, sends $3 per shirt to Nothing But Nets.“The shirts aren’t a huge money-maker, but they’re a great way of getting the word out there,” he said.Mullets Against Malaria may not be a long-standing tradition, Mathes said, but it has already generated a lot of enthusiasm in its first two years.“The off-campus seniors came up with this idea,” he said. “They didn’t really like the current fundraising project and they were growing mullets out at the time, and so they wanted to find a way to link it together.”Mathes said participation has grown from 15 students last year to 33 this year, reflecting an effort to establish Mullets Against Malaria as an event that St. Edward’s will host for many years to come.In order to cultivate the ideal mullet, Mathes said, students need to start preparing early, so over the summer St. Edward’s president junior Griffin Hilly and vice president junior Brandon Ruggles sent out a video to all hall residents explaining the mission of Mullets Against Malaria and encouraging freshmen in particular to start growing their hair out before the actual campaign.Tags: malaria, Mullets Against Malaria, St. Edwards Hall
Coal may be declining, but fracking is booming.Over two dozen natural gas pipelines are planned for the region, many of which cross our favorite outdoor playgrounds. Other pipelines will use eminent domain to traverse private property. All of them will affect the future of energy, health, and recreation in the East.Do We Need Natural Gas Pipelines?Dominion Power stands behind their Atlantic Coast Pipeline as a necessary means to meet energy needs throughout the region. “Demand is expected to increase by 165% over the next two decades,” Dominion spokesperson Aaron Ruby says. “Our existing infrastructure is simply not capable of meeting these needs.” As communities grow and businesses expand, energy demands also increase within those developments, Ruby says.Touting natural gas as a “bridge fuel,” Dominion and other energy companies are hoping to build a massive pipeline infrastructure that could extend fossil fuel dependence for another century or more. Currently 34 percent of our energy comes from natural gas.19 pipelines are proposed for Appalachia. If built, we would blow past our climate change commitments made in Paris, according to Oil Change International. And a recent report by Synapse Economics shows that gas pipelines aren’t needed to feed electrical demand. They conclude: “Given existing pipeline capacity [and] existing natural gas storage…the supply capacity of the Virginia‐Carolinas region’s existing natural gas infrastructure is more than sufficient to meet expected future peak demand.”Each individual pipeline costs upwards of $50 million, with several reaching into the billion-dollar price range. The Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline comes with an estimated price tag of $3 billion, while the Atlantic Coast and Northeast Energy Direct lines ring up at over $5 billion. Such high costs will force the region and the nation to commit to fossil fuels for many more decades. More pipeline infrastructure also means more drilling and fracking in order to supply the lines with enough gas.But the multibillion dollar investment in a natural gas infrastructure—including massive subsidies from the federal government—is taking away from investment in renewable energy. If the U.S. had given the same subsidies to solar and wind as it has to oil and gas, we could meet most of our energy needs today with renewables.Solar and wind power now make up over 75 percent of new electric capacity additions in the United States—representing over $70 billion in new capital investment in 2016 alone.So why aren’t we building a renewable energy infrastructure instead of a fossil-fueled pipeline network?No one is claiming that renewables can provide all of our electricity overnight. Massive hurdles in energy storage still need to be cleared, and the better battery grail remains elusive. But a smart grid of renewable technologies seems like a better long-term investment than thousands of miles of fracked-gas pipelines.Is Natural Gas Better Than Coal?Ruby argues that natural gas provides a vast improvement over the coal. “Natural gas produces half the carbon emissions as coal,” Ruby claims. “Our project will help the region reduce carbon emissions and meet the regulations of the new Federal Clean Power Plan.”Natural gas companies also claim that access to local shale gas supplies in Pennsylvania and West Virginia will prove more cost-effective than transporting the gas from the Gulf Coast. Pending their completion, pipelines like the Atlantic Coast project could save the consumer base hundreds of millions of dollars in energy costs. “Cheap energy options lead an improved economic competitiveness of the region,” says Ruby.But is the environmental and public health cost worth it? “The pipelines in and of themselves are devastating for the communities that they pass through,” says Maya van Rossum, spokesperson for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. “They cut through wetlands, creeks, rivers, and inflict an immense amount of ecological harm that cannot be undone.”And according to Ramon Alvarez of the Environmental Defense Fund, natural gas is only better than coal if leakage in the gas pipelines and extraction is less than 3.2 percent. Leakages regularly soar above this limit. Methane—the leaked gas—is an even more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.Fracking, a drilling method that involves injecting high-pressure toxic fluids into the ground, has been linked to increased earthquakes and groundwater contamination. It uses mercury, lead, methanol, uranium, and formaldehyde to blast through the ground, and many of these chemicals end up in communities’ drinking water.Pipeline construction itself causes air pollution and acid rain that harms the surrounding soil and vegetation, invades natural wildlife habitats, and contaminates water supplies. Once completed, pipelines continue to cause disruption by maintaining rights-of-way that permanently splinter natural landscapes and block regular animal movement, while also emitting air pollution from compressor stations that jeopardize public and environmental health.Many local landowners and environmentalists believe that this money would be better spent investing in a renewable energy infrastructure that would set us on a path toward cleaner energy and healthier, more sustainable communities.Joanna Hanes-Lahr, a resident in Annapolis, Md., worries about pipeline safety amid increased rates of leakage and rupture. She is concerned about drinking water, gas explosions, and increased air and water pollution. She and others believe that a renewable energy infrastructure makes more sense ecologically and economically.“We don’t need the fracked gas,” she says. “Clean energy is here today.”What about jobs?The pipeline industry promises to create new jobs, but they neglect to mention the expenses that accompany them. Pipeline construction often threatens the status of community projects, tourism, and scenic viewsheds which attract many more jobs and visitors. Wintergreen and Nelson County may encounter a loss of $80 million and 250 jobs as a result of two large projects—a new resort hotel and marketplace—that would be postponed or canceled due to pipeline construction.Already, solar and wind industries employ more workers than oil and gas. The solar industry has hired more veterans than any other industry, retrained coal workers, and has created one out of 80 jobs in the U.S. since the Great Depression. And wind is not far behind. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, wind technician is the fastest growing job category.The Delaware Riverkeeper Network has also found that the clean energy sector provides more jobs and a better quality of employment than natural gas jobs. Natural gas employees “spend six months to build something and then [they’re] out,” says van Rossum. “For every million invested in clean, renewable energy versus fossil fuels, you get 3 to 5 times the number of direct jobs created. You also get a lot more long-term jobs.”Where are the pipelines proposed?Some of the outdoor community’s most treasured sites may be destroyed by pipeline implementation, including the beloved backbone of the Blue Ridge: the Appalachian Trail. The proposed PennEast, Atlantic Coast, and Mountain Valley pipelines cross the Appalachian Trail on several occasions, which will cause permanent disruptions to the trail and surrounding forest.“The natural gas companies have not done a good job articulating a plan that will not have an impact on hikers [because] they are looking at boring under the trail, which is not compatible with the trail experience,” says Director of Conservation Laura Belleville.Pipelines have also been proposed through Delaware State Forest in Pennsylvania and High Point State Park in New Jersey, the latter of which boasts the highest point in New Jersey. “Now, when you go to look from that high point, what you’ll see is just a swath of denuded forest with a pipeline cut through it,” says van Rossum.In West Virginia and Virginia, Monongahela and George Washington National Forests and the Blue Ridge Parkway will be permanently marred by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which will require regular clearcutting along its entire length.The Mountain Valley Pipeline similarly endangers Virginia’s Jefferson National Forest, while the Leach Xpress Pipeline moves within 2 short miles of The Wilds Preservation Area and Wayne National Forest in Ohio. Farther south, the Dalton Expansion Project will cross the Etowah River and has already poisoned the waterway after an oil spill during the preparatory construction process. The Sabal Trail Pipeline that winds through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida crosses above the Falmouth Cathedral Cave System, parts of which lie only 30 feet below the earth’s surface and are liable to collapse as a result of the pipeline’s intended path.The Sierra Club has already opened cases against pipelines where “environmental effects have not been adequately addressed in public areas,” says Thomas Au, the Oil and Gas Chair of the Pennsylvania chapter. Right now, the Constitution Pipeline and Atlantic Sunrise Pipelines worry Au the most. These proposed pipelines pass through Ricketts Glen State Park and across the Lehigh, Susquehanna, and Conestoga Rivers.Private landowners are also in jeopardy. Pipeline companies are frequently given permission by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to use eminent domain to construct and maintain pipelines across private property. Even if property owners refuse to sell their land, the companies can seize the land anyway.That’s what happened to the North Harford Maple Farm in New Milford, Pennsylvania, where the Holleran family runs their maple syrup business. But the Constitution Pipeline will run straight through the Holleran’s property and take down the maple trees that they and their loyal customers depend on.Even worse: most people who will lose their land to pipelines will not receive any energy benefits in return. Eminent domain seizures mostly accommodate the interests of those on either end of the pipeline while taking resources from the communities in between.Many of the proposed pipelines will take new paths rather than follow existing rights-of-way, like highways and electric lines. Choosing to use pre-established pipeline routes reduces waste by conserving the amount of land in use—a perk that appeals to environmentalists and landowners alike.“When we saw what Dominion had crafted for its pipeline route, we were a little horrified,” says Jon Ansell, Chairman of the Friends of Wintergreen. “There are better choices using the principle of co-location.” The Nelson County, Va., organization hopes to protect Wintergreen Resort from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline by examining alternative routes that use more existing rights-of-way.Pipelines ultimately inflict lasting wounds but provide only a short-term energy fix. Together, these pipelines will cut across 3,500 miles of Appalachia and beyond.
Cover photo: Pexels.com Danijela Mihalić Đurica, Director of the CNTB Representation in France, emphasized that this is an extremely important project for further raising the visibility of the Croatian tourist offer on the potent French emitting market. “During the trip, numerous activities are planned, which include getting to know the cultural, gastronomic and natural sights of the three regions that have significant potential for further development in the French market. This is also a great opportunity to consider further expanding the production and offerings of key French tourism stakeholders participating in this trip.”, concluded Mihalić Đurica. RELATED NEWS: In the period from 22 to 24 May, as part of the journalists’ study trip, Rijeka and Zagreb will be visited by 12 influential French journalists from the media such as TV5 monde, Luxe magazine, Désirs de Voyages, Le JDD (Journal du dimanche), Grazia, Le Parisien, Notre Temps, Nous doux et al. 12 French journalists will visit Rijeka and Zagreb The trip to Croatia lasts until May 19, and the program includes a tour of the regions of Zagreb, Istria and Kvarner. DIRECTORS OF CNTB REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES ABROAD FORECAST THE STATE OF BOOKING FOR THIS SEASON It is a journey in which the latest edition of the popular French guide will be promoted Hatchet for Croatia, which has been out of print these days. It is the leader in the French guide market as Hachette editions participate with 40 percent in the sales of all guides in the French market. “We are extremely glad that Croatia has the opportunity to host this trip, which, we are sure, will further sensitize key decision makers of the French tourism sector on the comparative advantages of Croatian tourism. The goal of the trip is to further position Croatia as an attractive year-round destination, but also to promote those destinations and regions that French travel lovers are just discovering.”, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić. The guide will also contain all the other most important cultural sights of Croatia, since according to research, the cultural offer is one of the main motives for French travel. The travel program includes representatives of 23 French tourism entities, ie representatives of key tour operators and agencies, including Resaneo, Selectour, Bourse des Vols, Bleu Voyages, TUI, Galerie Lafayette Voyages, Top of Travel, Travel Europe, Cediv, Misterfly, Thalasso N ° 1, Phoenix Voyages & MICE, FCM Travel Solutions, Linea Voyages and others. The Croatian National Tourist Board, in cooperation with the French tourist portal TourMag, the most important and largest specialized B2B portal, is implementing the 15th traditional travel project of the owners and presidents of the largest French distribution networks, travel organizers and agencies. The CNTB points out that in order to better organize the promotion of Croatia as a destination dedicated to a special edition of this popular French guide, the travel program is defined in accordance with the suggestions in the guide, so Zagreb and Rijeka will be presented as attractive destinations. rich offers of cultural tourism, especially Rijeka in the context of the ECOC 2020 project.
Aquamarine Subsea Solutions has been awarded a contract to upgrade Diamond Offshore’s 18-¾” 15M subsea stack for the Ocean Valiant semi-submersible, currently operating in the North Sea.Aquamarine will supply engineering design, fabrication, and assembly and test to upgrade the stack to accommodate five cavities, including the choke and kill flex loop and capture spool.The work will be carried out at Aquamarines’ Houston, Texas facility.