May 8

SUU Men’s Tennis Adds Spanish Export

first_img Brad James Written by Tags: Division II/Juan Erro/Sadhaf Pucher/SUU Men’s Tennis May 29, 2018 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Tennis Adds Spanish Export FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Tuesday, the Southern Utah University men’s tennis program added a Spanish national to the fold per a statement from head coach Sadhaf Pucher.Juan Erro, from San Sebastian, Spain, comes to Cedar City from Division II Hawaii Pacific. Erro, who will be a junior, went 14-9 while playing in #4 and #5 singles for the Sharks.During his freshman campaign, Erro went 16-3 playing singles and 17-5 as a doubles partner. His freshman season also saw him as part of a team that qualified for the NCAA Division II tournament.Pucher spoke highly of his new player, saying “Winners find a way to win and I see that in Juan.”During his prep career in Spain, Erro was a Marca U16 finalist, won the U16 Mutua Madrid Open and ranked 15th overall in Spanish U16 play.last_img read more

May 8

Utah Football’s Bradlee Anae Earns Two Pac-12 Player of the Week Honors

first_img Written by Tags: Arizona State/Bradlee Anae/California/Utah Football October 21, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah Football’s Bradlee Anae Earns Two Pac-12 Player of the Week Honors FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN FRANCISCO-Monday, University of Utah senior defensive end Bradlee Anae was named the Pac-12 defensive player of the week and the defensive lineman of the week as confirmed by the conference.Anae posted all three of the Utes’ sacks in a 21-3 win over Arizona State Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium.His seven sacks on the season rank him 14th nationally, while has 24 career sacks with the Utes, which ranks him seventh all-time in school history.Anae and his teammates, now ranked No. 12 nationally, host California on “Dark Mode” night Saturday at 8:00 pm. Brad Jameslast_img read more

May 3

First Security Bank Hires Banking Center Manager in Owensboro Market

first_imgGwen Simpson joins First Security Bank as Assistant Vice President/Banking Center Manager at the South Frederica Banking Center in Owensboro, Kentucky.Gwen has over 13 years experience in banking. She has held various positions in management, audit/compliance, sales, retail banking, and customer service, most recently with PNC Bank. Her primary responsibilities include improving banking center performance and operational excellence while ensuring customers’ needs are met and exceeded.Photo by Greg Eans,Messenger-Inquirer/geans@messenger-inquirer.comPhoto by Greg Eans,Messenger-Inquirer/[email protected] Security Bank is a $595 million asset bank with 11 banking centers in Owensboro, Bowling Green, Franklin and Lexington, Kentucky, as well as Evansville and Newburgh, Indiana. With over 150 employees, in its four markets and corporate offices, First Security Bank has differentiated itself from larger competitors with its focus on relationship banking and the ability to make credit and other business decisions locally.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

May 2

Arrested Administrator Threatens to Sue Ocean City Schools

first_imgGet the Daily. Sign up for free email updates._______A written response to the tort claim from Ocean City Schools Business Administrator Timothy Kelley suggests the notice contains too little information to identify any tortious conduct.“The District will need additional information on the general claim that Dr. Lentz was allegedly threatened with criminal prosecution,” Kelley writes. “Your attachment does not state who made such alleged threats, when they were made, or who witnessed the threats. You also assert that there was some purported agreement that Dr. Lentz would retire/resign in exchange for no further action. You have not produced a writing to that effect, nor have you provided any specifics as to who entered into the agreement, the specific terms of the agreement, the date of the agreement, or whether the agreement was approved by the Board. Furthermore, you have not explained the meaning of ‘no further action’ or the ‘action’ that has been taken by the Board against Dr. Lentz since her retirement/resignation.”Kelley goes on to point out that Lentz claims “breach of contract” without producing a contract, “unjust enrichment” without providing evidence of how the district was enriched, “defamation” without identifying any false statements, and “abuse of process even though she voluntarily retired/resigned.”The tort claim notice suggests that Lentz “anticipates that her damages will be in excess of $2,000,000.”“Claimant’s damages include, but are not limited to, mental pain and anguish, humiliation, loss of reputation in the community, loss of income, loss of employability, potential loss of pension, loss of employment benefits, preclusion from her previous part-time employment with the NJEA as a consultant, financial costs incurred in defending the pending frivolous criminal charges, attorney’s fees, and punitive damages,” Pelloni writes in the tort claim notice.He alleges the damages were caused by various members and representatives of the school district, including Taylor and attorneys Mark G. Toscano and Jeffrey R. Caccese from the Comegno Law Group, which represents the district in employment matters.The district’s response to the tort claim notice states that it does not meet the statutory requirements to provide sufficient information to the Ocean City Board of Education. A request for supplemental information was forwarded to Pelloni. Because it is Lentz potentially taking action against the district, she would be required to provide the information relevant to it.“As I am sure you are aware, any refusal of your client to answer any of the district’s questions or provide information based on a Fifth Amendment privilege would permit a negative inference to be drawn should a claim be brought,” Kelley writes.Any potential lawsuit could be influenced by the outcome of the criminal case against Lentz. She has been charged, but no grand jury to date has handed down an indictment against her.Official misconduct is a second-degree crime, subject to a prison term of five to 10 years. Computer criminal activity is a third-degree crime with a possible prison term of three to five years.Pelloni did not return calls for comment.A published telephone number for Lentz is no longer in service, and OCNJ Daily could not otherwise reach her for comment.Taylor cannot comment on personnel matters or pending litigation. Superintendent Kathleen Taylor (left) and former Vice Principal and Athletic Director Christine Lentz at a Board of Education meeting a year before an investigation into computer activity at Ocean City High School.Christine Lentz, the former Ocean City High School vice principal and athletic director who was arrested in August and charged with official misconduct and computer criminal activity, may try to sue the school district.An attorney for Lentz filed a notice of tort claim on Sept. 23. State law requires such notices to be submitted within 90 days of an incident, if a person hopes to make a later claim against a public entity.The tort claim notes that Lentz was brought into the the office of School Superintendent Kathleen Taylor at 1 p.m. June 26 and confronted by Taylor and two lawyers.“Claimant was presented with various false accusations made by Superintendent Taylor and was threatened with criminal prosecution, employee discipline proceedings, and tenure charges if she did not resign from her position in the school district,” attorney Brian A. Pelloni of the Philadelphia firm Hornstine & Pelloni writes in the tort claim. “As a result of said meeting, Claimant was forced into an agreement whereby she resigned from her position, effective July 1, 2015, in exchange for no further action by the school district.”The notice claims Lentz was not permitted to have an attorney of her own choosing present at the meeting. It also alleges that Taylor’s actions “were as a result of her disapproval of Claimant’s sexual orientation, as she continually engaged in a pattern of discrimination after learning of Claimant’s same-sex marriage in August 2013.”The account of events in Lentz’s tort claim differs from what is described in a mandatory report on the incident the school district delivered to the state Board of Examiners (which oversees educator licensing in New Jersey). As a public record, the report was required to be released to OCNJ Daily. Read more: High-Tech Probe Targeted Woman Who ‘Knew Too Much.Lentz, 53, of Woodbine, turned herself in August 4 at the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office after a forensics investigation at the school.Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor alleges that Lentz accessed the Ocean City School District email of Superintendent Kathleen Taylor without authorization between April 1 and June 1.The prosecutor released no information on any alleged motive, but the summons-complaint for Lentz’s arrest obtained by OCNJ Daily suggests investigators believe she sought confidential documents “to gain a benefit in ongoing school contractual negotiations.”Lentz served on the administrators’ union as vice president and grievance chair, according to Pelloni. She had a 30-year career in the district, starting in 1985 as a science teacher and girls’ basketball coach. She has been athletic director at the high school since 2008. Her annual salary was $123,197.The tort claim notice does not explain why, if she were faced with false accusations, Lentz would resign or agree to an “exchange for no further action by the school district.” She did a month later ask the Ocean City Board of Education to rescind her resignation. It did not._______last_img read more

April 20

Tesco records drop in UK like-for-like sales

first_imgSupermarket giant Tesco saw its operating profit fall by nearly 55% to £354m in its first half, it revealed this morning.Delivering its unaudited figures for the 26 weeks ending 29 August 2015, the under-fire retailer also reported a UK like-for-like sales drop of 1.1% for the first half of its financial year.It said, however, that sales trends were improving in response to cost-cutting measures with a like-for-like drop of 2% in Q4 last year improving to 1.5% in Q1 this year and 1.0% in Q2. Transactions were also up by 1.5%.Tesco said it had undertaken cost-cutting and restructuring activities to improve its profitability and attractiveness to customers.ProgressIn the UK, 53 unprofitable stores have been closed and a reduced level of new store openings means there has only been a 0.5% growth in net new space. Progress has also been made in improving stock management and building longer-term relationships with suppliers.These savings mean the company is on track to deliver annual savings of around £400m across the group, said the company.Over 500 key product lines have had their prices reduced and the average number of products per range was reduced by 15%, with a 10% price drop on the remaining range.Dave Lewis, Tesco’s chief executive, said: “We have delivered an unprecedented level of change in our business over the last 12 months and it is working. The first-half results show sustained improvement across a broad range of key indicators.”Company net debt (excluding Tesco Bank) grew to £8.6bn, but the sale of the Homeplus business in South Korea is hoped to deliver a pro forma reduction of £4.2bn.last_img read more

March 1

Harvard Humanities 2.0

first_imgAnand Mahindra, scion of one of India’s wealthiest industrial families, arrived at Harvard in the fall of 1973 as a teenager with dreams that went beyond business. He concentrated in film at the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, graduated magna cum laude in 1977, and only later began a vocation outside the humanities.Mahindra earned an M.B.A. at Harvard Business School in 1981, and now is vice chairman and managing director of the flagship company in his family’s Mahindra Group. But the confidence and perspective that he gained from studying film, literature, and the arts remained with him. Hence, he has given $10 million to the Humanities Center at Harvard, the largest gift of its kind in the University’s history.In a PBS television interview last year, Mahindra said America’s greatest gift to the world is its tradition of liberal arts education — giving students a way to explore culture and history before getting down to the vocational business of graduate school. He called his “adventure in film” at Harvard the root of his sense of self. “Even today,” Mahindra told interviewer Charlie Rose, “my inner confidence is derived from just that.”Mahindra’s gift will enable the Humanities Center to build on what it has already achieved, said center director Homi Bhabha, Harvard’s Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities. That means enhanced collaborations between the humanities and other fields of knowledge at Harvard, and widening the reach of the humanities nationally and abroad.Coming from India, the gift also “emphasizes the global reach of the humanities,” he said. “The humanities are a global project.”The Humanities Center, said Bhabha, already has reached out to the social and natural sciences. “The humanities never sit still,” said the India-born scholar who has a doctorate in literature from Oxford University. “The humanities always busy themselves with the business of the world, and refuse to be contained.”The gift will also allow the Humanities Center to sponsor more events, support more doctoral and postdoctoral students, help younger colleagues turn dissertations into books, and open up “larger circles of collegiality,” said Bhabha. (The center already collaborates with the Volkswagen Foundation in its postdoctoral fellowship program.)The gift may also help Harvard bring the humanities into the arena of policymaking, he said, “where at this point the humanities have only a feeble voice.”Bhabha added that Harvard is already strongly supporting humanities initiatives, particularly through the offices of President Drew Faust, University Provost Steven E. Hyman, and Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith. (In the spring, Faust will name a faculty working group on the humanities, charged with, among other things, investigating the present role of humanistic studies in Harvard’s curriculum.)The gift itself provides a reminder, said Bhabha, that India and South Asia have long traditions of accomplishment within the cosmopolitan realm of the humanities. It was never just a region defined by religion — Hinduism, Islam, or Christianity — but even today is a lively home to writers, performers, painters, and poets.That was also true in the past, he said, including the ancient kings who filled their courts with thinkers from every religious tradition in the known world, and modern figures such as Mohandas Gandhi who were “internationalists before they were nationalists.”Bhabha acknowledged that the world is accelerating into the digital age, but that the humanities will not be left behind. He suggested they will become more relevant than ever.“Human history, human culture, human art, human learning gets transformed in unexpected ways,” said Bhabha. Film is going digital, books are being rendered in electrons on flat screens, and literature is now “part of the blogosphere.”In this age of innovation, “the themes, values, and images” of culture are “continually being translated by different media,” he said. “This is just the kind of issue that the humanities always deal with. The humanities are most perceptive in thinking about complex moments of transition.”During moments of fast cultural change, “the humanities make judgments and choices,” said Bhabha. “This is the moment for the humanities to find its platform.”More immediately, and personally, the humanities have a role in an issue that interdisciplinary scholars at Harvard and elsewhere have lately taken a deep interest in: happiness.“The humanities contribute in a profound way to our happiness,” said Bhabha. “They teach us the arts of interpretation. And it is through the arts of interpretation that we can turn information — which is in this point of time an endless barrage — into knowledge, and then turn knowledge into self-knowledge.”The arts of interpretation are the humanities’ gift to students, as they once were at Harvard to the teenage Mahindra.“Interpretation is not some dry hermeneutic exercise,” said Bhabha. “It contributes profoundly to the richness and happiness of our experience. It allows us to make the knowledge we have of the world outside ourselves into something deeply and intimately meaningful.”last_img read more

March 1

Poetry in the making

first_imgForget “Gangnam Style,” the bigger-than-life song sensation that swept in from South Korea. David McCann is rather big in Korea too. Not for his dancing or his audacious music videos, but for his lyrics, yes. And for his music.At a recent PEN International conference in South Korea, McCann, the Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Literature, pulled out his ukulele and sang a sijo, a Korean poem, to a standing ovation.McCann had re-arrived. Renowned in Korea as an authority on sijo (shee-jo), a poetic form often compared with Japanese haiku, McCann’s portrait can be seen flashing from the cover of “Literature and Thought,” a monthly Korean publication.“Am I a celebrity there?” McCann pondered. “I wouldn’t say that. But in some literary circles, I am.”Sijo builds on what haiku starts. Similarly constructed from three lines, sijo lines have four parts allowing for additional syllabic legroom, instead of haiku’s rigid five-seven-five syllabic structure. Sijo writers get 43 to 45 syllables to play with, so long as the third line contains a twist, a point of dramatic change.Sijo’s roots go back to the 1300s, “and it was up until the 20th century that it was mostly composed and sung, not written and published,” McCann said. The industrial era ushered in publishing as a primary outlet for sijo writers. But one of the things that McCann is most interested in is reconnecting contemporary sijo to performance, “but not necessarily the old Korean-style performance.”Hence, the ukulele.“I don’t play it well, but it’s a very friendly instrument,” said McCann. “But because sijo is a four-part line, it fits into other forms of music that have four parts, like blues or bossa nova.”Soundbytes: David McCann sings ‘Azaleas’ David McCann sings “Azaleas,” a poem by Sowol Kim (1902-1934). The poem was titled “Folksong Poem” when first published in Kaebyôk magazine in 1923. McCann pairs the poem with his ukulele rendition of the traditional song “Barbara Allen.” McCann started writing poetry in his 10th-grade English class at Newton High School, but it wasn’t until the mid-1960s, when he was a volunteer in the Peace Corps and living in Korea, that he tapped into his life’s calling by fortuitously picking up a book by the poet Sowol Kim.“Everyone knew this poet; he was kind of like the Robert Frost of Korea,” recalled McCann, who began devouring and delighting in Kim’s verse. Whenever he’d travel around and have questions, he’d break the ice with strangers by referencing Kim’s poetry.McCann’s book “Urban Temple: Sijo, Twisted & Straight,” his fourth book of poems, was born in his “Writing Asian Poetry” class. “Everybody who’d gone to school in the U.S. remembered having a haiku day in fourth grade. So, why not a sijo day? That got me thinking, and I wound up writing my first sijo in English at Charlie’s Kitchen, in Harvard Square. Took out a napkin and wrote on it.” The book has been translated into Korean and was published in September.On sabbatical this semester, McCann is sijo’s missionary man. He has plans to lead a sijo workshop at Mount Holyoke College and this month will visit Chicago’s Poetry Foundation to deliver a talk on sijo in the series “Poetry off the Shelf.” He also attended the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Workshop, where he picked up some valuable pointers on his second collection of sijo, titled “Same Bird.”The release of his second poetry collection in South Korea is expected to draw attention. In the United States, where poetry is largely undervalued, McCann is slowly but steadily spreading the sijo word. He is the lead judge of a sijo contest each year for young writers, and the winners are published in the journal Azalea, which McCann edits and which is published through the Korea Institute and distributed by the University of Hawai’i Press.“Poetry is very significant in Korea. People pay a lot of attention to it, and they know something about the traditional past as well as the modern and contemporary poets,” said McCann.“In the U.S., maybe we pay attention to verse through pop songs, but poetry doesn’t seem to have the same resonance here that it does in Korea. Who knows?  Maybe a sijo wave could help change that.”last_img read more

March 1

Ellen Langer joins group of geniuses

first_imgSocial psychologist Ellen Langer, professor of psychology, is one of four Genius Award recipients being honored by Liberty Science Center. The organization is hosting its fifth annual Genius Gala in Jersey City, N.J., on May 20. Also being honored is renowned artist and architect Frank Gehry, who recently received the Harvard Arts Medal.The first female professor to gain tenure in Harvard’s Psychology Department, Langer is known for her work in areas such as mindfulness, the mind-body connection, the illusion of control, aging, stress, decision-making, and health. Among other honors, she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and three Distinguished Scientist Awards, the World Congress Award, and the Staats Award for Unifying Psychology.“Our four 2016 Genius Award winners are singularly brilliant men and women,” said Paul Hoffman, president and CEO of Liberty Science Center. “These out-of-the-box geniuses deserve to be honored in an out-of-the-box way.”The other 2016 Genius Award recipients are paleontologist Jack Horner, curator of paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies and Regents Professor of Paleontology at Montana State University, and astrophysicist Kip Thorne, cofounder of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Project, which made the first direct observation of gravitational waves.last_img read more

December 20

Colombia and the United States Dismantle Money Laundering Network

first_imgBy Dialogo March 18, 2013 Thirteen alleged members of an international drug trafficking money laundering ring were captured in Colombia during a joint U.S. operation on March 14, the authorities of both countries reported in Bogotá. The detainees were arrested in the city of Cali, capital of Valle del Cauca department, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá. The report said that the network operated in several commercial centers in Cali that laundered money from drug sales in the U.S. “They were acting as intermediaries, taking the profits from drug dealers in the U.S. and then sending the money to other members of the organization, who in turn sent profits back to Colombia,” the report added. The arrestees in Colombia are part of a total of 23 network members who were officially indicted before a New York court for “conspiracy of laundering millions of dollars coming from drug trafficking” on March 14, according to the report. The accusation presented by U.S. authorities stated that “the people who participated in this conspiracy laundered millions of dollars per month from the United States to Colombia,” specifying that the network operated since 2006. The Colombian Police said that those captured in their country “were notified of the request” and were presented before the Attorney General’s Office to start proceedings for their extradition to the United States. The Colombian Police seized $200,000,000 Colombian pesos (more than $110,000) and $20,000 in cash during this operation.last_img read more

December 18

3 ideas for better teamwork

first_imgCreate cohesionCombining a group of people with individual skills to create a well-oiled machine can be tricky. Each person needs to buy-in to the team and feel they are an important part of the group. By constantly reviewing processes and improving on them, your team will remove obstacles and create a cohesion that will help them move forward and grow.Build trustIf you want your team to work together, you’ll need them to be able to trust each other. It’s hard to trust teammates that you don’t know. Provide your team with opportunities to get to know each other so they can share ideas and opinions through honest communication.Focus on goalsBy setting goals and providing your team with direction, they can begin to understand how they need to work not only as a team but as individuals. Focusing on personal tasks will allow your team to see how individual responsibilities fit together to affect a common goal. 131SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Detailslast_img read more