USU Gymnastics Inks A Canadian Duo Thursday

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Thursday, Utah State gymnastics announced the signing of a pair of Canadian gymnasts to a national letter of intent, per a statement from head coach Amy Smith.Grace Rojas and Maddie Straker each come to Logan from Toronto, Ontario while Rojas is a level-10 gymnast and Straker is an elite gymnast from Manjaks Gymnastics of Mississauga, Ontario, a Toronto suburb.Rojas competed well at the 2018 Ontario Provincial Championships at Amherstburg, Ontario in April, as well as the 2018 Canadian Championships at Waterloo, Ontario this past May, finishing third and sixth in the all-around in these meets, respectively.In 2017, Rojas was the all-around Ontario championship gymnast and captured fifth place in the 2017 Canadian Championships.She graduated from Toronto’s Silverthorn Collegiate Institute and plans to major in business at Utah State.Straker placed 12th in the all-around and sixth on bars at the 2018 Canadian Championships, while finishing third in the all-around at the Canadian Championships of 2016.At Elite Canada 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Straker placed sixth in floor.Straker is a 2018 graduate of Silverthorn Collegiate Institute and plans to major in visual art at Utah State.Rojas and Straker have doubled Smith’s recruiting class, as previously she inked Glory Yoakum of Marvel, Texas and Caitlin Gray of Newington, Conn. June 21, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU Gymnastics Inks A Canadian Duo Thursday Tags: Amy Smith/Caitlin Gray/Canadian Championships/Glory Yoakum/Grace Rojas/Maddie Straker/Silverthorn Collegiate Institute Brad James Written bylast_img read more

RON emails disrupt LMH election

first_imgA mystery figure has been attempting to derail JCR elections in Lady Margaret Hall by running a campaign to reopen nominations in the presidential competition. Calling themselves “Ron” after the “Re-open nominations” option on ballot papers, the individual sent a series of emails to the JCR criticising presidential candidates Abigail Kent and Sourav Choudhury. “Surely our JCR deserves better than this,” the first of the messages said. An email from Vice-President Dominic Rae asking Ron to desist was met with a vitriolic attack on the current JCR executive. “If it was not for the incompetence of the current exec, I would not have access to this mailing list,” Ron wrote. “My view is that the JCR should be reminded that they can have better than Abi ‘Marlene 2nd edition’ Kent or Sourav ‘Reformed Union hack, who gets on really well with the Senior Tutor’ Choudhury when they go vote on Thursday,” they continued. The references are to current JCR president Marlene Cayoun, and Choudhury’s previous candidature in Oxford Union elections. Both candidates criticised Ron’s actions. Presidential candidate Abigail Kent expressed shock at the anonymous comments. “Everyone’s appalled at what he’s done. I don’t think either of us have done anything to warrant this,” she said. “It’s obviously upsetting when someone thinks you’re not fit for the job.” Kent’s opponent Sourav Choudhury said he was disappointed that Ron did not raise their concerns earlier. “I think whoever it is is entitled to their own opinion. People are allowed to vote for reopening nominations, but if they felt that way they should have raised it in hustings rather than putting it in anonymous emails.” Ron let slip several clues about their identity in an email to Cherwell, including how long they have been a student in Oxford. “Both candidates are fucking useless. LMH JCR deserves to have a competent President after four years of woeful Presidencies,” they wrote. “While I am graduating this year, I believe my college deserves better.” Ron added that he had received messages of support. Posters supporting Ron also appeared around college on Wednesday. “I have no doubt that Ron will win by an overwhelming margin,” the anonymous campaigner concluded. Candidate Abigail Kent said she did not believe Ron would win. However, her opponent Sourav Choudhury would not be drawn on the matter. “If Ron gets more votes, then that’s the democratic decision of LMH JCR.”last_img read more

AG Curtis Hill obtains medical license suspension of doctor alleged to exploit female patients

first_img Attorney General Curtis Hill today announced that the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana has suspended the medical license of a Henry County physician accused of exploiting female patients.Attorney General Hill sought the suspension of Dr. Benjamin Loveridge’s license after the physician was accused of repeatedly touching female patients and attempting to engage them in sexual relationships. Dr. Loveridge has practiced in New Castle at the Kane Loveridge Wellness Group, a practice he owns and operates with his wife.Dr. Loveridge has a past history of similar accusations. The licensing board previously placed his Indiana medical license on probation from 2011 to 2015.This year, the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit conducted an investigation upon receiving information from a patient alleging she was touched in a sexual manner during an office visit with Dr. Loveridge. The investigation resulted in the discovery of additional patients reporting similar patterns of behavior from Dr. Loveridge during office visits.“Our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit works tirelessly to protect Hoosiers from the harmful actions of those who would abuse their positions of trust,” Attorney General Hill said. “This investigation is yet another example of this team’s dedicated and diligent service.”The board’s suspension of Dr. Loveridge’s medical license means that he cannot practice medicine in Indiana for 90 days. At a future meeting, the board will determine whether the suspension should continue for an additional 90 days.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Worshipful Co seeks awards applicants

first_imgThe Worshipful Company of Bakers is asking employers to urgently put forward candidates for three awards for expenses-paid trips to the renowned Richemont School in Switzerland.The Piero Scacco Award is given to two individuals. The Abim Award, from the Association of Bakery Ingredient Manufacturers, is for one person. The Joseph Travelling Award is for one mature applicant.Recipients of all three awards will depart for Switzerland on 17 October and return on 21 October 2010. The trips will include a two-day English-spoken course on decorative breads, marzipan modelling and chocolate at the Richemont School.Closing date for applications is 22 April 2010! Contact: The Clerk, The Worshipful Company of Bakers, Bakers’ Hall, 9 Harp Lane, London EC3R 6DP; email: [email protected] or tel: 020 7623 2223last_img read more

Editorial: Overcompensated Coal Executives Have Broken Trust With Employees

first_imgEditorial: Overcompensated Coal Executives Have Broken Trust With Employees FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Casper (Wyo.) Star Tribune:Once, it was true that if you worked hard enough for a long enough time, your dedication would be rewarded. You earned your salary, and your benefits were there when you needed them.That’s no longer the case – at least not at America’s biggest coal companies, several of which have significant operations here in Wyoming.Almost 500 people who toiled for years at mines owned by Arch Coal and Peabody Energy were recently laid off. It would be easy to blame this on the dwindling demand for coal and other market factors.But that’s not the full story. While Wyoming coal country trembled, fearful of the industry’s future and its own, these producers’ CEOs and other executives profited richly.Alpha Natural Resources, Arch and Peabody paid their management teams $186 million in stock awards, incentives and other forms of compensation between 2012 and 2014. All three companies have since filed for bankruptcy protection – and their struggles are tied to the decisions of the executives, who in 2011 rushed to acquire mines to capitalize on strong demand for metallurgical coal. Critics say this was foolish, that these expensive executives should have known they were walking into a metallurgical market near its height.Soon enough, though, it appeared that they did know what would happen: “The behavior of these executives seems to me pretty outrageous. They could see the handwriting on the wall,” Gary Hufbauer, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., told the Star-Tribune. “The numbers are there. They started paying themselves out way back in 2012 or early 2013 when the numbers were turning.”And those payments appear to have contributed to the severity of layoffs. For example, Alpha wants to slash retiree benefits for about 4,580 nonunion miners and their spouses. The would save roughly $3 million annually, or about 14 percent of the $20.8 million Alpha paid its management in 2014.Not as well-insulated were the Wyomingites who worked at the mines. Hundreds of households that depended on these once-reliable jobs are looking desperately for help and rethinking their futures. But the effects of the companies’ actions don’t stop at these miners or their communities. They will ripple across Wyoming, straining the resources of the state, its municipalities and its charities.Wyoming is in the process of diversifying its economy, and part of that should include looking for companies that prioritize all hardworking employees, not just the executives.Employment does have to adapt to some degree to the economic climate. As demand for coal dwindles, it makes sense that employment at mines would, too. But none of this should happen while management benefits so richly.These executives should have demonstrated good corporate citizenship by placing the needs of their hardworking employees ahead of their own desire for financial gain.But because they didn’t, Wyomingites are working to make sure these families have enough to eat and safe places to live. After that, the state’s network of resources, such as community colleges, are left to find ways to offer job-training opportunities, so the miners can redirect or reinvent their careers.The companies’ decisions have also served to break the trust miners once enjoyed with their employers. When companies did well, everyone prospered. Employees believed they had built a solid foundation of trust with their employers. That’s why it was all the more shocking when that foundation crumbled.A government watchdog agency and a group of former Alpha executives agrees. The U.S. Trustee, a division of the Justice Department, filed an objection earlier this year to Alpha’s plan to reward executives while recording steep losses and seeking to cut retiree benefits. Meanwhile, former Alpha CEO Michael Quillen, who is protesting the proposal with a group of other former executives, told the Star-Tribune the plan does not represent “the values the company was built on.”It also doesn’t represent the values the American dream was built on. As Wyoming continues to diversify its economy, it should look to welcome companies who know that success is built on the work of many people — not just those at the top.Full editorial: Editorial board: Coal payouts turn American dream upside downlast_img read more

U.S. National Guard Officers Help Renovate School in Suriname

first_img The 155th soldiers are putting their skills to use in this partnership by renovating the Pater van der Pluym School, comprised of three buildings and a courtyard, located in the District of Brokopondo, south of Paramaribo, Suriname’s capital city. The next rotation of 155th engineers will finish the renovations before a medical exercise scheduled to 15 August. New Horizons is a cooperative humanitarian mission between the Suriname government and U.S. Southern Command with the goal of helping to improve the quality of life for the people of Suriname. The school serves over 400 Surinamese students and also functions as a community center. Everyday situations at this work site include challenges such as working together with faculty and students on the building project while school is in session, overcoming language barriers, working in high heat, and staying hydrated. center_img “This mission provides an opportunity for soldiers who haven’t been deployed to gain some understanding of what that process is like,” said 2nd Lt. Chris Schimke, a platoon leader for the 155th Engineering Company. “This isn’t a dangerous environment, but they are away from home, in a foreign place and don’t speak the language. They have to find their way through everyday situations.” By Dialogo August 05, 2011 Twenty-one service members from the South Dakota National Guard’s 155th Engineering Company, of South Dakota, United States, arrived in Suriname as part of New Horizons 2011. last_img read more

Pledging to Teach, Promising to Learn

first_img Associate Editor Think Pink Floyd, and “The Wall” is a 1982 film of a troubled rock star plunging into madness.Think West Berlin, and “The Wall” is 96 miles of barbed wire and concrete symbolizing the Cold War’s beginning in 1961 and its end in 1989 when it came tumbling down.Think Miami’s St. Thomas University School of Law, and “The Wall” is a bold, impromptu contract forged between faculty and the Class of 2006 students, in the form of 300-plus signatures in bold markers on freshly painted plaster in the Moot Courtroom.Bob Butterworth, the law school’s new dean and former Florida attorney general, sparked the wall-signing frenzy on the second day of student orientation this fall. In a rousing speech, Butterworth challenged the class of 300 incoming students that he and the faculty were there to teach and coach, but the students were there to learn.Butterworth describes that spontaneous combustion that created “The Wall”:“About the third time I stated, ‘I will teach!’ the students came back with ‘I will learn!’ ‘I will teach!’ ‘I will learn!’ It was this chant thing, and it was unbelievable. I happened to have a marker in my hand, and there was a ladder just outside, so I had someone bring in the ladder. And I wrote on the wall, ‘I will teach and coach. Bob Butterworth, dean.’“I had a couple of professors come right behind me, same thing. Then I said, ‘I want the tallest person out there to come forward.’ This young man about 6 foot 7 gets up on a ladder and writes, ‘I will learn. Class of 2006.’ Everybody went wild. Then we got markers, and within 20 minutes, all 300 students, plus probably 15 or so professors in the room at that time, all wrote on the wall. It blew me away!”Florida Bar President Miles McGrane wanted to get into the action, too, recently adding his signature to The Wall, with the encouraging message: “I’m waiting to swear you in.”“I applaud Bob Butterworth’s passion to inspire his students to reach higher and succeed in even greater numbers. In my own family, I know of the legacy of St. Thomas in producing good lawyers, as my sister-in-law MaryAnne Lukacs was St. Thomas’ first and second bar president. And in my professional family of The Florida Bar, Mark Romance is a St. Thomas alum who has gone on to do great things, including serving as president of the Young Lawyers Division.”Lukacs, who practices in family law and volunteers with Florida Foster Care Review, signed The Wall, too, with this advice: “Enjoy your experience, because it matters. And make us proud.”Lukacs fondly recalls her experiences as a member of the charter class of St. Thomas in 1985, serving as president of the student bar her second and third year. She said she was honored to help shape the school and be part of its history while the young law school was dealing with accreditation issues.“The school took a chance on us, and we took a chance on the school,” Lukacs said.Now, Butterworth is hoping to push the law school forward even further.Back in the day, four decades ago, when Butterworth was a young law student at the University of Miami, he said, the usual motivator was to tell students, “Look to your right, look to your left, and only one of you is going to make it.” But as the new dean of St. Thomas, Butterworth went beyond fear tactics and instilled a positive you-can-do-it message.“We know your GPA. We know your LSAT. We know your shoe size,” Butterworth told the new law students. “We read your essay. In fact, we reviewed well over 1,700 applications, a record number for St. Thomas, and only accepted less than 12 percent. We believe that you will graduate and pass the bar on your first try.”In an interview, Butterworth acknowledged: “Right now, St. Thomas is suffering from a perception problem that our students don’t pass the bar, that we have a low passage rate, which is true. But the second time, St. Thomas students pass in the same numbers of any other school. So I figured if students can pass it the second time, six months later, then they can pass it the first time. That’s what I’m trying to do with the Class of 2006 – to instill an obligation to pass the bar exam the first time.”First-time test takers in July at St. Thomas tied with Nova Southeastern University with only a 60.2 percent passage rate – compared to 85.4 percent for Florida State University, 83.3 percent in a second-place tie for the University of Florida and UM, and Stetson University with 82.6 percent.While Butterworth is pushing students to pass the bar the first time in greater numbers, he acknowledges his school’s unique challenge. Unlike Stetson, that bills itself as “Florida’s First Law School” founded in 1900, St. Thomas has only been graduating students for 17 years. In addition to its relative newness, the Miami school is a model of diversity with 46 percent of the student body minority, not counting women.“We are the largest minority population of any private school in the country,” Butterworth said. “We have a lot of students from foreign countries who maybe have been here only four, five, or six years, and English is their second language. The president of the student bar association was born in Israel and he has to translate from Hebrew to English.”And so, it stands to reason, some students will need help with writing skills and other academic support.Just as he did as attorney general—boosting the image of state employees by encouraging them to seek AV ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, board certification, and become published in legal journals—Butterworth said he is on a mission to change perceptions and promote the quality of St. Thomas graduates among law firm recruiters.“The Wall” has already served as a motivational moment.In mid-October, Butterworth brought the Class of 2006 back into the Moot Courtroom for a refresher lesson.“OK, you made the commitment,” Butterworth reminded the students. “We did, too. We think you may be slipping behind. We owe the obligation, because we promised to teach and coach. You promised to learn. So, therefore, if you are asked to go to academic support, and you don’t go, we will come and see you at The Wall. Your names are on The Wall, and you’ve got six weeks to go. Your professors are there for you. Take advantage of academic support. You paid for it. Your contract is on The Wall.”When a head maintenance worker went looking for his ladder, he turned ashen when he looked up and saw his freshly painted walls strewn with signatures. Not to worry. As St. Thomas President Monsignore Franklyn Casale has promised: “The Wall will not be painted until the Class of 2006 says it should be.” Pledging to Teach, Promising to Learn Pledging to Teach, Promising to Learn December 1, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News St. Thomas uses ‘The Wall’ as motivation to set new standardslast_img read more

Stop worrying about millennials, say hello to Generation Z: Part 2

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » As an industry, we have spent a lot of time discussing millennials and their preferences. Millennials are driving a lot of change, but the next generation is going to be the real test. Generation Z is peeking around the corner and, as seen in part 1, is already showing new concerns around not only technology and convenience, but also privacy, security, marketing, and more.Technology will be a major differentiator for financial institutions that are either accepted or left in the dust as the younger generations continue to enter the workforce. There has been a lot of research and discussion about how many millennials “prefer” innovations such as online or mobile banking. Generation Z not only prefers this technology, but expects it. Any parent knows how difficult it is to take cell phone privileges away from a teenager (or even ask to borrow the phone for a few minutes to make a call). Imagine telling that same teenager who will soon be out of college that he/she can’t use that phone to do personal banking. Then try to guess the odds you will not lose that (potential) member to another institution that better meets his/her needs.center_img In the part one, we learned about who Generation Z is. Now that we have a better understanding of who we are talking about and realize that we need to be prepared, let’s look at what it means for your financial institution.Key Takeaways for Financial Institutionslast_img read more

The new year is the best time to begin your content marketing strategy

first_img continue reading » If your financial institution hasn’t implemented an inbound, content driven sales and/or marketing strategy, you’re not alone, but you are a little behind. No worries though, it’s the beginning of a New Year and there’s no better time to add an inbound strategy to your strategic initiatives.Inbound marketing (and sales), often referred to as ‘content marketing,’ consists of publishing content in the form of blog posts, e-books, templates, financial guides, infographics, video, and even podcasts so these content pieces are available in search results. Providing this content allows users the opportunity to engage with you, recognize that you’re available as a financial solutions provider, and generates “warm” leads for your sales team (read more about Content Marketing Services here).The first quarter of 2018 is a great time to start inbound sales and marketing and here’s why!Benefits of Content Marketing Strategy in the New YearNew Year. New Goals. New Strategies: The beginning of the year is full of hope and promise as new resolutions are made, new personal and professional aspirations are derived, and new goals and metrics are set for your sales and marketing teams. 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

WTIF sapphire-crystal-case watch uses an automatic Swiss-made movement » Gadget Flow

first_img– Advertisement – The WTIF sapphire-crystal-case watch has a truly unique look. With a watch case that’s made entirely of sapphire crystal, it is a transparent timepiece. What’s more, with its Swiss-made automatic movement, the WTIF timepiece provides long-lasting reliability and accuracy. Plus, this sapphire crystal watch even has a 5 ATM water-resistance rating, so you know it can handle going about your day-to-day life with ease. Choose from a variety of colors that match your mood, and you’ll enjoy the changeable leather strap and mesh band. This means you can ensure your sapphire-crystal-case watch matches your style and where you’re going, whether it’s a formal or casual event. What’s more, this elegant timepiece may consist of high-end materials, but it doesn’t require a high-end price. You’ll get a wearable conversation piece that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.last_img read more