Rodgers wins 3rd MVP, Donald gets 3rd top defensive player

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first_imgPackers quarterback Aaron Rodgers earned his third Associated Press Most Valuable Player award, while Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald took his third top defensive player prize at NFL Honors. Also taking home awards were two members of the Washington Football Team: quarterback Alex Smith was the Comeback Player of the Year in one of the most inspirational stories of 2020, and edge rusher Chase Young got the top defensive rookie. Titans 2,000-yard rusher Derrick Henry won Offensive Player of the Year, and the offensive rookie honor went to Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert. Cleveland’s Kevin Stefanski was the Coach of the Year, and Buffalo offensive coordinator Brian Daboll earned assistant coach honors.last_img read more

Fiction author discusses writing, promotes book

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first_imgSeveral dozen Saint Mary’s students studying the work of author Grant Bailie met the fiction writer in person Monday. The Cleveland-based author promoted his upcoming book “TomorrowLand,” a compilation of short stories. Bailie read excerpts from the work in the Haggar College Center. Bailie said he found a love for the arts at a young age. While growing up, Bailie said he knew he would be a painter or a writer. “If I was talking to my art teacher, I would say I wanted to be a writer,” Bailie said. “If I was talking to my English teacher, I would say I wanted to be an painter. I was difficult that way.” While Bailie ultimately chose to take up a pen rather than a paintbrush, he said he still indulges his love for drawing. “I draw illustrations to see what image I’m trying to portray,” Bailie said. Bailie is well known as an author that is unafraid to take unique approaches to his craft. In 2005, he participated in a controversial live-art installation called “Novel: A Living Installation at Flux Factory.” During the project, he lived in the gallery for two months and wrote while guests watched. “I do very well in captivity, as it turns out,” Bailie said of his month in isolation. During the live-in art installation he completed two novels, “New Hope for Small Men” and “The Buddha Pill.” Bailie compared books to dreams. “I like them to go in ways I don’t expect,” Bailie said. “I want this when I read and when I write.” Bailie’s said his novels center around a “nostalgic disappointment in the future.” In “TomorrowLand,” Bailie said he wrote the book with an abstract structure. “The book itself was a lawyer who became a security guard, who became a real estate agent, who became a book,” Bailie said as he explained the book’s intended format. The author said he recognizes that depressing sentimentalism doesn’t exactly entice the readers and acknowledges the genius in comic relief. His novels take on a cynical tone rather than a depressed one, he said. “A great deal of humor keeps life in perspective,” Bailie said. “Any great art has humor in it, like Shakespeare.”last_img read more

College athletic director discusses changes to Angela Athletic Facility

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first_imgAs the school year begins, renovations continue on the Angela Athletic Facility on Saint Mary’s campus.Julie Schroeder-Biek, director of athletics at Saint Mary’s, said the the facility will include a three-court field house for varsity teams, club sports practices and other student activities. There will also be an elevated track and dedicated spaces for yoga, pilates, spinning and other fitness classes. The new facility will also house a cafe and social area for meeting with friends and the Health and Counseling Center.The facility is projected to be fully completed in January of 2018, Schroeder-Biek said, but students and faculty will be able to start using the new building before that time.“Right now it is limited to volleyball, but I’m trying to figure out how to do some open gyms coming up soon,” she said. “But there [are] a couple details they are still working out.”These new additions to the athletic facility will include a golf room and physical education classrooms, Schroeder-Biek said.“We’re going to have three classrooms,” she said. “The two bigger classrooms will be available for yoga, Zumba, barre, the high-intensity training classes and boot camp training classes. There is one smaller room that’s for spin.”Renovations will also include new locker rooms, which Schroeder-Biek said is an improvement on the one locker room varsity athletic teams shared with opponents in the past.“We will have team locker rooms upstairs and the campus community will have real locker rooms to use as well,” she said. “And there [are] three of them, so one of them we can close off when we have a visiting team.”While the facility is primarily intended to serve as a place for students to work out, Schroeder-Biek said it will also feature a cafe with a healthy menu where students and faculty can grab coffee, socialize and study.“It’s going to be a building for everyone, not just athletics,” Schroeder-Biek said. “The cafe will have nice outdoor seating. It’s very exciting — I feel like it’s going to be more of a student center. There is going to be lounge space everywhere — there is a viewing area and TV space.”Gabriela Diamond, a senior on the Saint Mary’s basketball team, said she is very excited for the renovations to the Angela Athletic Facility.“[I am] probably most excited to have more space,” she said in an email. “It is much needed. Any athlete will tell you that having one small locker room and hosting other teams has been very tough. I am excited to see how these renovations draw in other Belles. I think it is going to become a huge part of our campus that will draw even more support for our athletic teams and for future students, which would be amazing.”Schroeder-Biek said the facility is going to include a strength area, a cardio area and a larger indoor running track, as well as enough space for multiple sports teams to practice at once. These facilities will be complete upon students’ return after winter break, she said.“Next semester — when you guys return — all the fitness equipment will be in, and the lounges should be set up,” Schroeder-Biek said. “And that is what we are aiming for.”Tags: Angela Athletic Facility, renovations, Saint Mary’s Athleticslast_img read more

Check Out the Complete Soundtrack to the Upcoming Annie Film!

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first_imgDecember 19 is maybe far away (or maybe real nearby), but we are so ready for the new Annie! Yes, nothing can replace the original, but that doesn’t mean we can’t tap our toes to Sia’s irresistibly catchy “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” or enjoy the new beat on “It’s The Hard-Knock Life.” The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is now available to stream on Spotify. The album includes fresh takes on these familiar tunes and more, as well as some original numbers for the film, including “Who Am I?” (no, not that one) and “The City’s Yours.” Check out how Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Cameron Diaz and more sound below!  View Commentslast_img read more

Stealth biters

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first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaNo-see-ums must be the stealth fighter, or rather the stealthbiter, of the insect world. They have a good name, because youcan’t see ’em. But you sure as heck can feel ’em.As it began to get dark last night, they were out. And they werehungry.After supper, my dog Sid and I decided to sit out on the screenedback porch and enjoy the rain. Well, actually, Sid didn’t decideanything. He just came on the porch because I invited him.Everything was just great — the cool air, the sound of the rain,a relaxing lounge chair and my dog on the floor, sound asleep. Iwas getting a little sleepy myself.Stealth attackThat’s when the stealth attack began.I first noticed my ankle stinging, and then my foot, and then oneof my legs, and then my other leg. By the time a place on my armstarted stinging, I was wide awake.At first, I didn’t see anything. But I finally noticed a tinyspeck on my arm. Heck, it wasn’t even a speck. It was half aspeck.And I knew the no-see-ums had found me.These tiny, biting flies are only a sixteenth of an inch long,small enough to pass through screens. Their size is responsiblefor the name “no-see-ums,” and their bite is far out ofproportion to their size. They’re also known as biting midges andpunkies.’Flying teeth'”Flying teeth” would be a name I’d give them. As with mosquitoes,only the females bite. They slice your skin with their cuttingmouth parts and then lap from a little pool of blood just underthe skin. Their saliva keeps the blood from clotting until theyfinish eating.Their short mouthparts are unable to bite through clothing, sothey usually attack exposed body parts, especially your legs ifyou’re wearing shorts. But they can get underneath your clothingand bite the fire out of you there, too.The adults emerge in late spring, usually in mid-May, and remainpests for several weeks, depending on the weather. They developin wet soils and near marshes, wetlands, rivers and ponds.Backyard pestsThey’re pests to me in my backyard, usually just as it begins toget dark. If I’m going to be out at that time, I’ll either wearpants or put on insect repellent.No-see-ums never fly far from their breeding area. So if they’rebothering you, you might be able to get away from them by movinga few yards.But don’t count on your screens to keep them out. And believe me,you won’t see them. They’re the stealth biters of the insectworld.(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Telemedicine Device Will Enable Medical Consults to be Performed from Orcadas Antarctic Base

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first_imgBy Ministry of Defense of Argentina December 28, 2016 The Ministry of Defense of Argentina, headed by Julio Martínez, reports that a portable diagnostic center, which will allow doctors at the Orcadas Antarctic base to perform remote consults with health professionals from various Naval hospitals, was officially launched at the Naval Hospital Buenos Aires Cirujano Mayor Dr. Pedro Mallo. The new equipment was introduced during an event attended by Naval Hospital and Health Management authorities, as well as doctors and nurses who will participate in the Antarctic Summer Campaign (CAV, per its acronym in Spanish) 2016/17, and who will be part of the crew that will remain for a year at the Orcadas base. The crew will be able to use it during the 2017/2018 campaign. The portable diagnostic center , developed by a company in Argentina, specializing in software and hardware, consists of a portable device that does not exceed three kilograms, and whose purpose is to deliver specific health services to those in remote areas, or in extreme conditions. The device allows a health expert to analyze a 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG), and also measure a patient’s heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and temperature. This multi-parameter monitor differs from the traditional ones due to its connectivity. The data collected can be transmitted via Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, or satellite, thus allowing for data from the studies to be sent confidentially, and in real time to different naval hospitals in the face of any emergency, or need for consults. During the presentation, its operation was demonstrated — with the aid of Internet connection — by a doctor and nurse from the Orcadas base who performed an electrocardiogram and then uploaded it. This crew has been using the equipment in test mode since February of this year and, in the next CAV, will receive an enhanced version that will allow the use of new services.last_img read more

6 disaster recovery tips for credit unions

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first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Ahh, disaster recovery. For credit unions, it’s a must. Why? Well, imagine what would happen if lightning struck half your branches. What would you do?Okay, maybe that’s not the best example. Lightning strikes—especially simultaneous lightning strikes—aren’t exactly common. Still, many things are common. Worse, some bad things are becoming increasingly common.Have you ever worried about wildfires, tornadoes, or earthquakes? How about hurricanes, power outages, or chemical spills? We could go on, but by now, you’ve probably gotten the point: credit union disaster recovery is important.last_img read more

Australian man found stranded in Sumatra waters after pirates attack yacht

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first_imgAustrialan man Tadeusz Nowicki has been rescued from Lampung waters after his yacht was robbed.The pirates took the yacht’s essential equipment, including the steering wheel. The yacht was towed by fishing boat KM Ralif Jaya, which was escorted by the Lampung water and air police unit (Polairud) as well as the Tulang Bawang police, to Jakarta on Saturday.“After we received approval from the [Lampung] harbormaster, the Foreign Ministry and the Australian Embassy, we moved the yacht to Jakarta,” said Lampung Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Zahwani Pandra Arsyad as quoted by kompas.com on Saturday. “The Lampung Polairud and Tulang Bawang police escorted [the towing boat] throughout the trip,” he added. Nowicky, 70, was sailing alone on his yacht named Hoopla when he was reportedly robbed by pirates in the bordering waters of Ogan Komering Ilir in South Sumatra and Tulang Bawang in Lampung on May 25.He stopped in Batam, Riau Islands before the incident took place. The Australian, who set sail from his homeland for Jakarta on May 22 to sell the yacht, lost possessions including the yacht’s navigation and starter tools as well as steering wheel, a mobile phone, fuel, food stock, kitchen equipment, an ATM card and S$700 in cash in the robbery.Zahwani said security officers received a notification from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) after Nowicky pressed the Emergency Position Indicating Reported Beacon (EPIRB) button. The feature is meant to be used for shipwreck or water incidents.“It was probably [out of reflex] that [Nowicky] pushed the button,” he said.According to Zahwani, the IMO forwarded the information to the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, which later notified the police.“After receiving the notification, the Lampung Polairud immediately went to the location with patrol boat 2001,” he added.Nowicki, a former professional tennis player, was found starving. He had survived three days on his yacht, which was blindly floating around the shore of Kuala Teladas in Lampung for three days after the robbery, before the police located him.The police said they gave Tadeusz food and kitchen equipment. However, due to COVID-19 protocol, Tadeusz was forbidden to leave his yacht. The police have been investigating the robbery and raided six houses in Sungai Sibur village in Ogan Komering Ilir, which allegedly belong to the perpetrators. However, the police found the houses empty and the suspects remain fugitives.”We are still investigating the case and chasing the suspects,” said Zahwani. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

Swiss pension funds forced to vote in AGMs after government volte-face

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first_imgThe Swiss government has ruled that all local pensions funds must vote in all the annual general meetings (AGMs) of Swiss companies in which they hold a stake.Earlier this spring, the majority of the Swiss electorate voted in favour of an initiative aiming to cap bonuses for managers and increase active shareholder participation – including by pension funds.In the first draft of the resulting decree, the government considered allowing Pensionskassen to not attend AGMs, or to abstain from voting, if such a move were deemed beneficial for members.However, in the final version of the decree, the government has ruled out the possibility of not attending the AGM. Simon Heim, a pensions lawyer and consultant at Towers Watson in Switzerland, said the government would now require “absolutely mandatory shareholder engagement”.“There is still the possibility for Pensionskassen to abstain from the vote if it is in the interest of their members, but participation in the vote at AGMs is absolutely mandatory,” he said.Heim repeated his criticism that this possibility of abstention was effectively increasing ’no’ votes, as Swiss corporate law requires an absolute majority.“This has to be seen as a considerable interference with pension funds’ autonomy,” he said.Heim added that the additional regulatory burden would increase costs, especially at smaller pension funds, and mostly benefit proxy advisers.“Additionally, it will drive more investors away from direct equity holdings to investing in fund structures – which is unlikely to be what the initiators of the campaign intended,” he said.The Swiss pension fund association Asip also criticised the amendment to the decree, asking why abstaining from taking part in the first place should no longer be possible, as this could also be in members’ interests.The decree will serve as a legal basis until Parliament has passed a law – which might “take another few years,” Heim said.In the final wording of the decree, there is also a minor change to the reporting duties for pension funds.Apart from reporting on their shareholder engagement once a year, they are now also required to present a detailed account on their voting position, should it diverge from what the supervisory body has recommended.If a pension fund does not comply with any of the requirements, board members will only be fined if they had known about this non-compliance in advance, while, in the first draft, “possible intention” had been given as grounds for punishment.The decree will take effect as of 1 January 2014, and, from then, pension funds will have one year to comply.Those who first launched the initiative have argued that this is “too long a transition period”.Additionally, they have called for the regulations to be applied to the first-pillar AHV fund, “the largest Swiss shareholder”.However, according to Swiss law, the AHV is not a Pensionskasse and therefore does not fall under the decree.last_img read more

Stanley T. Vickroy

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first_imgStanley T. Vickroy, 94, of Dillsboro passed away Thursday, January 30, 2020 at his residence.  Stanley was born Monday, August 3, 1925 in Pendleton County, Kentucky, the son of the late William and Lula (Gillespie) Vickroy.  He married Charlotte White June 27, 1947 and she preceded him in death November 21, 2019.  Stanley was a former member of Dillsboro United Methodist Church and served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He worked at the power plant in the maintenance department and was plant director.  He was mechanical minded and enjoyed fixing anything and other people’s stuff; operated machines; was a welder; loved to farm; and retired from Dearborn County Hospital.  He loved spending time with his children and late wife of 72 years.Stanley is survived by sons Thomas “Tom” (Helen) Vickroy of Moores Hill and Robert (Mona) Vickroy of Ponce de Leon, Florida; sisters: Mildred Dryden, Barbara Ann Johnson and Joyce Gayle Hawk; grandson Christopher Vickroy and Megan of Valley Center, Kansas; granddaughter Candice Flinner and Justin of Destin, Florida; and great grandson Wyatt Vickroy of Valley Center, Kansas.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Charlotte; brothers and sisters: Burgess Vickroy, Marie Vickroy, Oblee (Haas) Vickroy, Chester Vickroy, Juanita (Buttons) Kocher, and Ray Vickroy.There are no services planned at this time.  Memorials may be given in honor of Stanley to the donor’s choice.  Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 146, Dillsboro, IN 47018, (812)432-5480.  You may go to www.filterdevriesmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more