UHSAA upholds decision to cancel spring sports season

first_imgMay 6, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local UHSAA upholds decision to cancel spring sports season Robert Lovell Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMIDVALE, Utah (May 5, 2020) – The Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) Board-of-Trustees met in a special meeting Tuesday to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and the #LetUsPlay petition.In accordance with the new information in the Governor’s ‘Utah Leads Together 2.0’ plan and the recent recommendations of the UHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, the UHSAA Board-of-Trustees reaffirmed the April 14, 2020, board decision to cancel all sanctioned activities for the 2020 spring season, including state championships. The Board-of-Trustees will consider sanctioning 2020-2021 statewide high school competition once all 29 counties move to yellow status.The UHSAA will continue to work with its member schools to follow the ‘Utah Leads Together 2.0’ plan and its approach to dial up economic, educational, and extracurricular activities in a data-driven, measured approach. The UHSAA and its member schools are focused on creating conditions that will support the health and safety of high school students as the state moves from orange to yellow risk status. Tags: Coronavirus/COVID-19/UHSAAlast_img read more

Live-Fire Exercise in Caribbean Tests Skills in Water, Air

first_img View post tag: fire View post tag: Naval View post tag: air View post tag: skills Six countries participated in a helicopter live-fire exercise in the Caribbean Sea, Sept. 25, during UNITAS, an annual multinational exercise that involves naval forces from 13 partner nations to promote interoperability and cooperation with each other and is hosted by U.S. 4th Fleet.Participants included aviators and sailors from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, United Kingdom and the United States.“We engaged a remote control high speed mobile target with six different helicopters, one at a time, each deployed from one of six different ships,” said Lt. Cmdr. Shawn Conniff, officer in charge of Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) 74, Detachment (DET) 1 “Honey Badgers” attached to USS Gravely (DDG 107).Six ships maintained a column formation and deployed their aircraft one at a time to a marshaling point where the helicopters “stacked”vertically and hovered while waiting for their turn to engage the waterborne remote-control target.The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate ship and helicopter capability in tracking and engaging a remote moving target during a live-fire exercise.“We were at the top of the holding pattern waiting for everyone to execute their attack runs. When it was our turn, the target was dead in the water,” said Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Steven Coutu. “Our mission was to locate the target and deploy as many rounds as possible to sink it.”The aircraft searched for the target at 500 feet. Once the target was located, Lt. Jim Stachura, assistant officer-in-charge of HSM 74, DET 1, circled the helicopter around it and then dropped to 100 feet above the water. “Once I had the word from the pilots, I started shooting,” Coutu said. “The exercise went well,” said Stachura, who took part in the planning process. “It was coordinated well based on the number of different nations especially given the language barrier. A lot of things we thought might go wrong didn’t. Everything was flawless.”Operations Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Michael Blackshear, senior anti-surface anti-submarine tactical air controller (ASTAC) onboard Gravely agreed. “On rare occasions we do get to work with foreign navies as a team,”Blackshear said. “All the forces worked well together. There were no distractions or mistakes. The objectives were met and no one was injured. Today’s exercise was a successful evolution.”UNITAS is the longest-running and largest maritime exercise in this hemisphere and is hosted by Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, Commander of U.S. 4th Fleet. The 12-day exercise will entail a variety of operations intended to enhance inter-operability between the partner nations.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 28, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Tests View post tag: Live View post tag: Caribbean View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Live-Fire Exercise in Caribbean Tests Skills in Water, Air Training & Education Live-Fire Exercise in Caribbean Tests Skills in Water, Air View post tag: Navy View post tag: Exercise View post tag: water September 28, 2012 Share this articlelast_img read more

Suitcase sparks ChCh bomb scare

first_imgPolice were called to a suspected bomb alert on Tuesday, after an innocent tourist had padlocked her suitcase to a wall of Christ Church Meadows building.Having been alerted to the scene, just outside the Meadows building of Christ Church, the police were considering what further action to take when the tourist returned.Explaining that she had left the briefcase to go shopping, the alarm was called off, and the briefcase was removed. The College was temporarily closed whilst the area was cordoned off and inhabitants of Meadows building warned to keep away from their windows.Police deny claims that they were ready to carry out a controlled explosion.last_img

O.C. Rolls to Win in Hockey Playoffs

first_imgCarly Hanin dribbles the ball into a scoring opportunity for the Red Raiders. By LESLEY GRAHAMThe Ocean City High School field hockey team rolled to a 9-0 victory over visiting Lower Cape May Eagles on a blustery Tuesday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the Southeast A group.Junior Racheli Levy-Smith led the scoring for the Red Raiders with four goals. Senior Tara McNally added three goals and an assist.Alexis Smallwood and Carly Hanin rounded out the goal scoring for Ocean City.Ocean City got on the scoreboard quickly with McNally finding the back of the goal off the assist from Smallwood on a corner penalty.Less than two minutes later, Ocean City would score again, this time off the stick of Levy-Smith, her first of four on the afternoon. Andi Helphenstine would be credited with the assist.“We came out fast today so that was good,” Ocean City Head Coach Kelsey Burke said. “We set the attacking goal of scoring early and we did just that, so I was happy.”Ocean City would score three more times in the opening first quarter of play, twice from Levy-Smith and once from Smallwood. Lower Cape May was unable to record a shot on goal for the first quarter, with Ocean City completely controlling the pace of play and possession time.Tara McNally (20) eyes up the cage for one of her hat trick goals on the afternoon.The Red Raiders would score twice in the second quarter, taking a 7-0 lead going into halftime.Getting on the board for the Raiders were McNally with her second of the game from Smallwood and Levy-Smith finishing her four goal game from Ella Brogan.As the second half got underway, the sun led way to rain but Ocean City wasn’t going to let that stop them.Ocean City continued its display of offensive prowess, chipping in their last two goals of the game. McNally would round out her hat trick and Carly Hanin would add the last goal for the Raiders on an assist from Olivia Vanesko.With a bye in the first round of the tournament, Ocean City was able to prepare for their game with their season-long mentality of one day at a time.Even though Lower Cape May is a conference opponent, the two met in a playoff situation.“We only got to play Lower once this season because of a rainout so it felt a bit like a combination of conference and playoff,” said Burke.With potentially two more games to go to play for a championship, the team’s mindset remains steadfast.“We are lucky to be where we are with the current unknown, so we continue to be grateful for the opportunity to play,” Burke said.The Raiders will play again on Thursday at home against familiar foe Mainland High school. Game time is slated for 2 p.m.Racheli Levy-Smith uses some fancy stickwork to get by a Lower defender.last_img read more

Caffè Nero comes out top for coffee

first_imgCaffè Nero has been praised for the depth of flavour of its coffee, in the latest taste test by consumer group Which?It tested a cup of black Americano and a cappuccino from five major high street coffee chains: Caffè Nero, Costa, the M&S Café, Pret A Manger and Starbucks.Which?’s coffee expert said Nero’s Americano was the only coffee where the origin of the bean could be identified. It was also praised for its “smoothness and body”.The drinks were bought from London coffee shops in June this year. Caffè Nero’s Americano and cappuccino were the most expensive of the high street chains, but scored nine and eight out of 10, respectively.This compared to Pret A Manger, whose drinks were the least expensive, but which came bottom of the table with scores of three and four out of 10.The campaign group also highlighted the fact that although Costa’s Americano was 10p cheaper than Nero’s, with a Nero Americano you got two shots of espresso as standard.A Which? spokesperson said: “Our expert tried a cup of Americano and a cappuccino at five of the major high street chains that sell millions of these coffees to UK consumers. Although this can be down to personal taste or barista skill, he found some big differences and, in particular, praised Caffè Nero’s coffee for its depth of taste.”last_img read more

Tri-Chamber BBQ a relaxing opportunity to network

first_imgWILTON – The Franklin County Chamber, Jay/Livermore/Livermore Falls Chamber, and River Valley Chamber gathered on August 16 to host the Annual Complete Dentistry Tri-Chamber BBQ at Wilson Lake Inn. The event was orchestrated by the three chambers to celebrate its members and have an evening of business professionals networking, making new connections and having fun. With over 120 people attending, the beautiful summer evening set a perfect backdrop for people to enjoy boat rides, socialize and partake in delicious food and beverages.Sodexo provided the food for the barbeque which included pulled pork sliders, teriyaki chicken skewers, local grilled vegetable kabobs and caprese salad. A variety of hand-made deserts were provided by Chretien’s Kitchen. Ron’s Market donated red and white wine and Tumbledown Brewing provided two of their signature beers. Over 70 attendees enjoyed boat rides offered by Friends of Wilson Lake. Sandra Mueller of FOWL commented on the fellowship among the business professionals saying there was a “wonderful comradery” between the chamber members who attended.The three chambers host this event each year to provide an opportunity to connect businesses within the region in a relaxed environment while strengthening the business community. We are very grateful for the sponsors who made this event possible. This year’s Tri-Chamber Barbecue was sponsored by Complete Dentistry, Bangor Savings Bank, Woodlands Senior Living, Senior Planning Center, Central Maine Power, Sunshine Pools, Genesis Healthcare HCC/Sandy River Center, Franklin Savings Bank, Emery Energy-Rumford Power, Otis FCU, Main Land, and Inside Out Indoor Garden Supply. The chambers would also like to thank Wilson Lake Inn for hosting the event. Without this support, this event couldn’t happen. Contact the Franklin County Chamber at [email protected]last_img read more

Housewives’ Teresa Giudice Has a Ball with NeNe Leakes at Cinderella

first_img Related Shows View Comments Cinderella had five guests of honor in the kingdom on December 10: The Real Housewives of New Jersey favorite Teresa Giudice and her adorable daughters! The reality star paid a visit to her fellow housewife NeNe Leakes, who is currently playing not-so-sweet stepmother Madame in the hit Rodgers and Hammerstein musical alongside Keke Palmer as Ella. Check out these shots of the gal from New Jersey and her pal from Atlanta hanging out in New York City, then see Cinderella at the Broadway Theatre through January 3, 2015! Cinderella Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img

Uruguayan Military Trains Journalists Preparing to Cover Peacekeeping Missions

first_imgBy Dialogo October 28, 2015 Uruguayan Military officials recently taught 30 journalists and social communication students how to prepare for dangerous situations they might encounter while covering overseas peacekeeping missions. “Journalists in Mission Areas,” a program conducted by the National Peace Operations Institute of Uruguay (ENOPU, for its Spanish acronym), included representatives from the Army, Navy, and Air Force, and was held in Montevideo and Lavalleja from September 14-17. The journalists – among them reporters, editors, and news camera operators – also learned what Troops experience while serving in overseas peacekeeping missions. “I consider the inclusion of media professionals in the work of the United Nations of particular importance so that they can see the work that the UN does and can draw their own conclusions from personal experience, which is, without a doubt, a crucial way to mold opinions,” said Colonel Carlos Frachelle, ENOPU’s director. “The main goal around which this course is structured is to make sure that civilians are as prepared as military personnel are when it comes to matters of peacekeeping missions.” The course was last offered in 2011, Col. Frachelle said, adding military officials “decided the time was ripe to offer it again. There is still much left to do when it comes to protecting the security and the lives of professionals who are so valuable to society.” A comprehensive training program The four-day program covered a wide range of topics on what Uruguayan soldiers experience on peacekeeping missions, including the deployment of troops on demining operations; security practices and preventative health measures; and the type of equipment Soldiers use in the field. It culminated with a 36-hour field exercise in Military Camp No. 6, Abra de Castellanos, where journalists, students, and instructors stayed overnight. In compliance with the ENOPU’s requirements, the course included practical training for participants at the camp’s Armory and Mechanical Training Center. Instructors taught journalists and students the best ways to respond to chemical attacks, how to conduct evacuations, and how to use night vision goggles and protective gear. “The permanent use of one’s protective helmet and bulletproof vest also facilitated the immersion of participants into an operation-like environment, since such equipment is required on a daily basis during peacekeeping missions,” Gerardo Carrasco wrote in an article for the newspaper Montevideo Portal . “Those who participate in them must learn to have them on at all times, as if they were a second layer of skin.” The Air Force taught some of the journalists the proper way to board a Military helicopter, before taking them on a ride. “We journalists were afforded the opportunity to face the challenges that those on peacekeeping missions encounter on a small scale,” Carrasco wrote. “We also took note of the numerous details that those on such missions have to make sure they notice since they could make the difference between life and death. An example of this could be knowing how to board a helicopter or armored vehicle in the safest and fastest way possible.” The program is well-known among military officials and journalists throughout Uruguay. Historically, “Uruguayan reporters have been invited to travel alongside the Military and to stay on the mission’s military bases, offering journalists the opportunity to access places and settings which would have otherwise been extremely difficult for them to have visited,” Carrasco wrote. “It gives credibility to the freedom with which we chroniclers work in the field wherever there are Uruguayan Military contingents,” he continued. “It is a testament in support of our work. In fact, the only limits that the Army has put on journalists are those relating to security concerns in conflict zones. They want to avoid having any reporter become a martyr for their profession due to the pure lack of knowledge of the risks that might exist in mission areas.” Uruguay’s history of participating in peacekeeping missions Training troops and journalists for their respective roles in overseas peacekeeping missions is important for a country that is active in such operations, as the country has been sending soldiers to serve as peacekeepers in regional conflicts since the late 1920s – well before the UN was founded in 1945. Uruguay, with a population of about 3.4 million, is considered the world’s leading provider of peace forces per capita, and 90 percent of the service members in the Uruguayan Armed Forces have or will participate in a foreign mission. The country became more active in peacekeeping operations in 1982, when it deployed a contingent of National Army drivers to the Sinai Peninsula as part of the Multinational Force and Observers, which was established as part of the Camp David Accords between Egypt, Israel, and the United States. In 1998, Military authorities created the Army’s National Peace Operations School (EOPE), which eventually became the ENOPU, and includes all three branches of the Armed Forces. As of January 31st, there were 1,459 military and police personnel working in UN peacekeeping missions around the world, including the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) –even though the Uruguayan contingent was reduced in January 2015–, the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), and the UN Operation in the Ivory Coast (UNOCI), according to the UN report “Troop and Police Contributors.”last_img read more

Tried & true deposit growth strategies

first_imgby: Amanda LoweryYou’ve spent months (maybe years) aggressively courting members in their prime borrowing years to offset your credit union’s aging Baby Boomer population. You’ve run promotions, offered incentives, competed on rate. And you’ve been rewarded with successful lending growth. But now, you might have a different challenge ahead: being loaned out. That means you need more deposits, pronto.Thanks to the effectiveness of loan promotion strategies and regional economic conditions, we’re seeing some credit unions on the East Coast reach this point. If you’re in the fortunate position of needing deposits again, here are a few tried and true growth strategies you should consider.1. Have a deliberate conversation. Many credit unions are returning to the days of calling members to check on their satisfaction and inform them of products that may be beneficial to them, like a personal banker. Focus these efforts by identifying your high-potential members first. Create a profile of your desired depositor (product, delivery channel usage, age, other products, zip code, etc.), then review your member data to see who fits this profile but doesn’t current have deposits with you. It’s time to give them a call.2. Make it easy. A lot of financial institutions say they excel at customer service, but only a few actually do. Invest some time and effort in making the deposit process easier and more satisfying. Consumers (especially Millenials) expect to be able to do just about everything online, so make the process simple and offer assistance moving online banking data. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

FSOC: GSEs’ activities pose potential risk to financial system

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) Friday met to discuss its activity-based review of the secondary mortgage market and acknowledged that the government-sponsored enterprises’ (GSEs) activities, if not mitigated, pose a risk to the financial system. The Council warned that should the GSEs fail, access to capital for first-time homebuyers could be significantly reduced.Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Dr. Mark Calabria serves on FSOC alongside NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood and leaders of other federal and state regulatory bodies. View Calabria’s remarks on the Council’s findings. Calabria previously offered his support for FSOC’s review stating that, “As demonstrated by the 2008 financial crisis and again by COVID-19, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac must be well capitalized in order to support the mortgage market during a stressed environment.”The Council recommended the GSEs adopt capital requirements within the minimum capital levels outlined in the FHFA’s proposed rule, which would require the GSEs to maintain the following risk-based capital levels: continue reading »last_img read more