Written by July 9, 2018 /Sports News – Local Dillon Maggard To Sign Pro Contract With Brooks Tags: Baylee Mires/Brannon Kidder/Brooks Beasts Track Club/Brooks Running/Dillon Maggard/Drew Windle/Garrett Heath/Izaic Yorks/Jess Tonn/Katie Mackey/Natalja Piliusina FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Monday, former Utah State track and field and cross country star Dillon Maggard signed a professional running contract with Brooks Running and will compete for the Brooks Beasts Track Club.The Kirkland, Wash. native’s contract will last for three and a half years, per utahstateaggies.com.Other members of this squad include 2015 USA championships qualifier, Hannah Fields, 2013 USA 1-mile road title winner Garrett Heath, 2010 NCAA 1500 meter indoor track runner-up Katie Mackey, 2013 NCAA 1500-meter outdoor track champion Natalja Piliusina, 7-time NCAA All-American Jess Tonn, 6-time NCAA Division II 800-meter champion Drew Windle, 2013 NCAA outdoor track 800-meter third place finisher Brannon Kidder, 2016 Olympic Trials competitor Baylee Mires and 2016 NCAA cross country All-American Izaic Yorks.USU cross country head coach Artie Gulden showed his appreciation for Maggard’s accomplishment, saying it’s great that “making a living as a runner is a possibility.” Brad James
Training & Education US, Vietnamese Navies Hold First SAR Exercise Back to overview,Home naval-today US, Vietnamese Navies Hold First SAR Exercise View post tag: SAR View post tag: Navy View post tag: Vietnamese View post tag: Navies View post tag: first View post tag: Exercise View post tag: hold View post tag: Naval April 15, 2014 Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) conducted a search and rescue (SAR) exercise with a Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) minesweeper off the coast of Da Nang, Vietnam, April 12. This first SAR event between the U.S. and Vietnamese navies occurred a few hours after McCain got underway from the port of Da Nang, concluding six days of professional exchanges and skills transfers as part of Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) Vietnam that began April 7. “After a very productive series of naval exchanges in Da Nang this week, our at sea exercise today was an important stepping stone in building confidence to operate together in the maritime domain,” said Capt. Paul Schlise, commodore, Destroyer Squadron 7 and commander, Task Group 73.1.After McCain rendezvoused with HQ-862, both ships commenced a coordinated search for a simulated distressed vessel. The ships practiced bridge-to-bridge communications, flaghoist drills and search patterns to locate and render assistance to the simulated distressed vessel. Upon conclusion, the ships exchanged farewell messages and McCain continued out to sea.“Both ships did a fine job executing this search and rescue training – communications were professional and the crews handled their ships well – setting the tone for follow-on events between our navies,” said Cmdr. Chase Sargeant, commanding officer, USS John S. McCain.2014 marks the fifth consecutive NEA Vietnam and the 10th year that U.S. Navy ships have called upon the port of Da Nang. McCain last visited Da Nang in August 2010 as part of the inaugural NEA Vietnam, which coincided with the 15th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Vietnam.As with previous years, NEA Vietnam 2014 focused on professional exchanges between the VPN and U.S. Navy in military medicine, SAR, diving and salvage and shipboard damage control. NEA also provides an opportunity to develop mutual understanding and enduring relationships that will serve both navies for many years to come through ship tours, 7th Fleet band concerts, sporting events and community service projects.Approximately 400 U.S. Navy Sailors and civilian mariners participated in NEA Vietnam 2014. Participating units include USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50) with embarked Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5, staff from Destroyer Squadron 7 and Commander, Task Force 73 and the U.S. 7th Fleet Band, Orient Express.[mappress]Press Release, April 15, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: US View post tag: News by topic Share this article
Theatre criticism, unsurprisingly, offends pretty much everyone involved. The journalist who dares hint at any form of negative opinion is condemned for being narrow-minded and unjust, and the threat of appearing biased looms like a doom-laden thundercloud over any poor university student who fancies themselves as a bit of a Sheridan Morley. If your best friend has a sister at Durham whose tutor’s niece got into Balliol and is playing Ophelia in the Hamlet you’ve reviewed, you cannot commend her performance. Similarly, if it’s common knowledge that you and your college dad don’t get on, you cannot point out that his Oedipus had an unfortunate stutter without the danger of being vilified for a lack of objectivity.It is still worse if you yourself have drunk from the cup of ‘thesp’. In this situation, you may blithely agree to review an upcoming production only to find, upon arrival at the press preview, that it’s being put on by a director you’ve previously worked with, and features a cast of friends, all of whom see you every evening in the thesps’ gathering ground, the Far from the Madding Crowd pub. What if you don’t like it? Will you ever get a good role in Oxford drama again, if you say that these people couldn’t act their way out of a gold-sequinned ethno-rah handbag with a copy of Stanislavski ostentatiously poking out of it?The answer seems clear: don’t review plays. It’s universally acknowledged to be a complete waste of both the performers’ and the journalists’ time. No half-hour press preview can give you a proper sense of what the finished production will be, when it is put on in an uninspiringly bare lecture room in Oriel by a stressed cast who are clad, not in their costumes (which the RSC wardrobe department won’t lend out until show week), but completely in black. Not only will you offend everyone from the director to the marketing manager with your lukewarm critique of their efforts, you won’t even have got it right, since the whole play will have exploded in the final week of rehearsals with the arrival of the set, costumes, sound and lighting, into a bearable and even enjoyable show. But someone has to write these reviews, otherwise no student theatre-goer will know whether the week’s dramatic offerings are worth seeing or not, right?The problem that arises from the reviewing concept is that both the reviewers themselves and the productions they review really seem to believe in the power of theatre criticism to make or break a show. Thesps who have been critically savaged in the student press are treated almost as war-victims by their thesp colleagues. Not to mention the critics who have been ostracised for being too critical of student drama, or for showing bias towards productions with which they have a personal connection.Reviews, though, mean very little, if we’re being honest. Of course, if an aspiring Emma Thompson receives glowing praise from Cherwell, it will be a quote they exploit on their theatrical CVs for years to come. But who really takes any notice of what we reviewers actually say? We might as well tell people to deep fry their own grandmother, for all the influence we have upon our readers’ decisions. So, student directors, turn to the example of Chekhov for comfort when your play has been torn apart by an Oxford English student with an attitude: his 1895 production of The Seagull was so badly received that he left the auditorium halfway through in shame. And I believe he survived the temporary setback.ARCHIVE: 1st week MT 2005
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail EPD Chief Billy Bolin will hold a press conference on Wednesday at 10:30am to address recent shootings and other acts of violence.Chief Bolin will discuss the police department’s ongoing efforts to address violent crime as well as staffing changes being made to combat the growing problem of gun crime in our neighborhoods.
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: John MoonThanks to mobile’s anytime, anywhere convenience, some financial institutions now have more customer interactions via mobile than any other channel. Yet despite its growing popularity, many financial institutions are unsure of what to strive for in terms of adoption metrics and are even wary of investing in promotion of their mobile banking offerings.Fiserv analysis shows successful financial institutions have a mobile adoption rate of 40 percent of their online banking base, or higher. However, this level of adoption doesn’t happen by itself. The right mix of mobile banking features and effective promotion are critical for achieving the highest levels of channel adoption.The ability to add and retain mobile bankers is vital to a financial institution’s growth and profitability. Fiserv research shows consumers that bank via mobile are among a financial institution’s most valuable customers. They use a platform with lower service costs and have a greater propensity to sign up for additional services.To capitalize on the market opportunity mobile presents, financial institutions can start by prioritizing three areas: product investment, targeted marketing and staff engagement. continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Calls from New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) were offered to help land contracts for a company that hired his son, according to evidence heard Monday at the senator and son’s corruption trial at Manhattan federal court.Bjornulf White, the former vice president of AbTech Industries, testified that Adam Skelos, the senator’s son, told him that his father would call Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano if the county Department of Public Works (DPW) commissioner didn’t return Adam’s calls for an update on the status on AbTech’s proposal to install storm water filters in county drainage pipes. At the time, Adam was an AbTech consultant.“Will have my father call [Mangano] this Thursday if I don’t hear back from” Sheila Shah, the Nassau DPW commissioner, Adam emailed White on April 30, 2012, according to email evidence prosecutors read in court.Arizona-based AbTech is one of three companies that the former state Senate Majority Leader allegedly coerced $300,000 in bribes from in the form of no-show jobs that his son, Adam, was unqualified for in exchange for illegally manipulating legislation. Both men deny the accusations.When Adam asked his dad’s senate staff for an update on pitching AbTech’s services in Suffolk County, Adam was told a call from the senator would help, according to an email read in court.In an email exchange dated Nov. 9, 2012, Adam asked Thomas LaCascio, director of the senator’s district office, if there was “any word on Suffolk,” and LaCascio replied: “One step at a time. Haha. Your dad prob needs to make a call.”The emails were read aloud for the jury while prosecutors conducted their direct examination of White as the trial against the Skeloses entered its third week.Like AbTech CEO Glenn Rink, who testified before him, White said he was “shocked” and found it “inappropriate” when the company got an email from Charlie Durego, general counsel and senior vice president at New Hyde Park-based developer Glenwood Management Corp., demanding a hefty raise for Adam. Durego has said he got Adam a job at AbTech in order to appease the senator’s request to find his son work, as well as to satisfy Glenwood’s desire to avoid doing business directly with the son of the senator whom they were lobbying. Durego had told AbTech that Adam wanted a 4-percent cut of the $12 million contract—$480,000, according to other emails read in court. White testified that the request—and its questionable timing just as the county was considering AbTech’s contract bid—strained his relationship with Rink, his boss, because White did not think the son was worth it. Rink acquiesced to Durego.Explaining his interpretation of Durego’s email, White testified, “I thought he meant it was basically a threat to interfere with the process and hurt AbTech’s chances” of landing the Nassau contract. “If AbTech increases his pay and takes care of Adam, his father will take care of AbTech.” White said that Rink had told him of the message that Rink had separately received from Durego.Raising Adam’s pay from $4,000 monthly to $10,000 monthly despite Adam only securing one contract—not the six that would trigger such a raise under his contract—was AbTech’s compromise to Adam’s demand, delivered through Durego, for nearly a half million dollars.After the Nassau County Legislature and Nassau Interim Finance Authority approved AbTech’s contract, Mangano touted it at a press conference, where White met with Adam’s contact, Chief Deputy Nassau County Executive Rob Walker. White testified that shortly afterwards Walker told him that Nassau would allocate $400,000 to install AbTech’s smart sponge storm drain filter at one outfall pipe near the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant. White said he was taken aback, because AbTech had a contract to install the devices on 10 pipes and a cost analysis had yet to be done. The total project was worth $12 million.“I told him that I’m not comfortable with this random number,” White testified that he told Walker. “This was sort of backwards. They were just throwing a number out there, and I had no idea if it would cover the cost.”White is expected to continue testifying Tuesday, the day after former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) was convicted of charges in a similar but unrelated corruption case also in Manhattan federal court.In response to the news that Silver, his former counterpart in Albany, had been convicted, the senator told reporters outside the courthouse: “My case is what I’m focused on.”
Tauxe said a second case-control study looking into a wider array of products will be conducted over the next few weeks, and preliminary results are expected next week. “This appears to be an ingredient-driven outbreak,” said Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH, deputy director of the CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Bacterial, and Mycotic Diseases. He said the first case-control studies suggested that about two thirds of the patients consumed peanut butter, but not national retail brands. Infection from the outbreak strain may have played a role in five deaths, he said. The last illness onset date was Dec 31, which indicates that the outbreak is ongoing. Investigators have determined that the source of the outbreak strain, Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium, might be bulk peanut butter from the Peanut Corporation of America’s (PCA’s) plant in Blakely, Ga. Jan 16, 2009 (CIDRAP News) Federal officials today said investigators have found Salmonella in the Blakely, Ga., plant that has been implicated in a multistate outbreak, though testing hasn’t yet revealed if it is the same subtype and if it genetically matches the outbreak strain. FDA background on Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak So far, the only pathogen that matches the outbreak strain was found in an open 5-lb container of peanut butter at a Minnesota nursing home. The peanut butter was produced by PCA and distributed by King Nut Company. However, the fact that the peanut butter tub was open means cross-contamination could have occurred. Experts from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also told reporters that the probe into the potentially contaminated peanut butter is also focusing on other products such as cookies, crackers, and ice creams that might contain tainted peanut butter or peanut paste. Tauxe said so far 453 cases from 43 states have been linked to the outbreak. One of the patients is from Canada. For patients with available information, 22% were hospitalized. Sundlof and Tauxe said until more information is known about possible contamination in other peanut butter food items, federal agencies aren’t yet advising consumers to avoid specific products. See also: The company has 85 direct accounts, some of which are distributors and some of which are food manufacturers, Sundlof said, adding that the FDA is exploring the distribution chain for the products. Stephen Sundlof, DVM, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said despite the lack of a definitive link, investigators are focusing on the peanut butter connection. He urged food manufacturers to check their supply chains and determine if any of their peanut butter or peanut paste ingredients came from PCA. Sundlof said companies that used any of PCA’s recalled peanut butter should follow the lead of Kellogg Company and remove their products from distribution. On Jan 14, Kellogg placed a product hold on its Austin and Keebler peanut butter cracker varieties and urged consumers to avoid eating the products and asked stores to pull the products from shelves. CDC Salmonella update Jan 15 CIDRAP News story “Kellogg pulls peanut butter crackers as Salmonella probe widens”
“Although the PPF is much better equipped to manage that risk than we have ever been – our own funding ratio is stable, we have years of experience under our belt and we have a healthy reserve to fund future claims – the potential claims of underfunded schemes pose a significant risk, which is beyond our control.”Lisa McCrory, the PPF’s chief actuary, added: “The long tail of small, underfunded schemes is a particular concern: 58% of schemes with 100-999 members are less than 75% funded.” Weighted average asset allocation by s179 funding ratio (article continues below) Data shows there is a strong link between investment risk and underfunding in defined benefit (DB) schemes, the UK’s lifeboat fund for bankrupt company pension schemes has said.According to the Pension Protection Fund’s Purple Book, published today, as at the end of March 2019 there were 57% of schemes in deficit, with an aggregate deficit of £160bn (€177bn) on a section 179 basis – where liability values are measured in terms of the cost of insuring schemes to pay PPF levels of compensation.Although an overall trend for de-risking had continued, underfunded schemes tended to have more exposure to equities than overfunded schemes. The latter had on average 69% of their assets in bonds, compared with just 25% for schemes with a funding ratio below 50%.Stephen Wilcox, chief risk officer at the PPF, said: “While many schemes have reduced their investment risk, the deficit of schemes in deficit is more than double what it was in 2006 and the economic circumstances much less favourable. The funding ratio of schemes in deficit is particularly vulnerable to economic shock. Source: PPFTPR is due to launch a consultation on its new funding code in March, with trustees and employers expected to face tougher demands under the new framework.Susan McIlvogue, head of DB at Hymans Robertson, said that in revealing that a significant number of schemes remain underfunded, the Purple Book “provides a vital reminder that many schemes must act now to avoid being caught unprepared by a revitalised regulator and new funding code”.The PPF said the new funding framework had the potential to significantly change the risks to which it was exposed.Shrinking universeThe data for the Purple Book, which provides the most comprehensive data on the UK universe of DB schemes in the private sector, also showed that the funding ratio for all schemes improved since 2006, from 97.1% to 99.2%. Scheme funding worsened compared with the situation as at 31 March 2018, however, when it stood at 95.7%.The universe of DB schemes continued to shrink, this year by 88 schemes to 5,436. The PPF said this reflected schemes winding up, merging, and entering PPF assessment.As concerns the risks the PPF faces, the Purple Book repeats information from last year’s annual report, namely that as at 31 March 2019 the lifeboat fund had an 89% chance of hitting its target to be financially self-sufficient by the funding horizon, currently estimated to be 2030.In the new Purple Book, the PPF said it was reviewing the design of the model it uses to inform its understanding of the funding risks it faces and monitor progress against its funding objective.
Former Chelsea star, Joe Cole, has said Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs to leave Arsenal. Loading… “He needs to be playing in the Champions League. Read Also:I feel very bad for late miss – Aubameyang “He’s not played enough years in the Champions League to cement himself as a top, top player, which is what he actually is because his stats and his numbers add up with anyone.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Arsenal captain has not played in the Champions League since his switch to the Emirates in 2018. “If I’m Aubameyang, I’d be looking out the door because he’s a player that needs to be playing at the very, very top level,” Cole said.Advertisement
Boys Freshman Basketball Tournament at Connersville .Game 1: East Central defeated Lawrenceburg 34-21Game 2: Connersville defeated Rushville 40-30Game 3: Batesville defeated Franklin County 42-31Game 4: South Dearborn defeated Greensburg 36-28Saturday games.10:00 AM-East Central vs. Connersville11:30 AM-Batesville vs. South Dearborn 1:00 PMGirl’s Championship game 2:30 PM.Boy’s Championship gameSubmitted by Batesville AD Mark Ferguson and Connersville AD Brent Duncan.