RSL’s Petke Handed Three-Game Suspension

first_img Tags: Mike Petke/MLS/Real Salt Lake Written by July 31, 2019 /Sports News – Local RSL’s Petke Handed Three-Game Suspension FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Herriman, UT) — Real Salt Lake head coach Mike Petke will serve a three-game suspension following an MLS investigation.Petke already sat out last Saturday’s game against FC Dallas and will miss two more for RSL. He has also been fined 25-thousand dollars for using offensive language towards referees in a Leagues Cup match last week.Real Salt Lake has also reportedly mandated two weeks of no contact with the team. Petke must also attend anger management, sensitivity and diversity training.Petke will also serve a separate three-game suspension for future Leagues Cup matches. Robert Lovelllast_img read more

Primary Elections Results

first_imgPrimary Elections ResultsMAY 7TH, 2019 TYRONE MORRIS EVANSVILLE, INDIANAPrimary Elections were held in Indiana Tuesday. Polls were open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. so voters could cast ballots in several city races.People in Vanderburgh County voted on mayor, city clerk, and three city council positions.For Evansville city mayor, incumbent Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, seeking a third term, maintained an 88 percent lead against first-time candidate Connie Whitman who received 13 percent of votes.Winnecke will be the Republican candidate to move forward in November.Currently, there isn’t a democratic challenger but that could all change.The deadline for a candidate to file is at the end of June.Click here for election results.Comments0 comments FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

CARES 2.0 funding coming for Indiana Schools

first_img Pinterest CARES 2.0 funding coming for Indiana Schools Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter Pinterest By Tommie Lee – February 8, 2021 1 222 Facebook Indiana’s Department of Education has announced more money for school districts.The funds represent part of the second round of federal stimulus dollars, and the school allocations for Indiana public and non-public schools add up to more than $881 million. The plans include a major boost to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, and Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools.Planning allocations for each of Indiana’s public schools are available here, with planning allocations for each non-public school available here.“This CARES 2.0 federal funding offers the opportunity to focus on addressing the educational needs exacerbated by the pandemic,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education. “As we all continue to navigate these challenges, it will be critical to better understand and take actions to mitigate the learning loss resulting from COVID-19, as well as capitalize on any opportunities for growth that have come to light as a result of this challenge.”These funds include:Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER)Planning allocations for Indiana’s public schools – the largest part of ESSER funding – total $799.37 million. These schools will submit their allowable expenses incurred from March 13, 2020, through September 30, 2023, and then will be eligible for reimbursement. More information on the use of these funds – designed to tackle learning loss and achieve operational efficiencies – is available here.Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS)Non-public schools’ planning allocations total $81.66 million, which can be used to fund services and support for these schools. These funds prioritize schools that enroll low-income students and are most impacted by the pandemic. More information on allowable activities and uses is available here.These planning allocations are preliminary and will be finalized in the coming months based on the Title I formula.The second federal stimulus package (CARES 2.0/ CRRSA) also includes more than $115 million in discretionary funding available to the state, as well as $327.78 million available for higher education. WhatsApp Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleOpioid reversal kits to be placed around IndianaNext articleGrandfather sentenced after death of toddler on cruise ship Tommie Leelast_img read more

Speech: PM speech on science and modern Industrial Strategy: 21 May 2018

first_imgIntroductionJodrell Bank was established in 1945, in a Britain rebuilding in the aftermath of the Second World War.Motors from the gun turrets of battleships were built into the machinery used to rotate the dish of the awesome Lovell Telescope behind me.The first scientists to use it were continuing research into radar which had begun in wartime, with the purpose of defeating our enemies, but which they continued in peacetime, to extend human knowledge.Memories were fresh of the destruction that had been wreaked through what Winston Churchill called ‘the lights of perverted science’.But stronger than the doubts about technological change was a faith in the potential of scientific inquiry to overcome the great challenges of their time – want, disease, ignorance and squalor – and to light the path to a better future.They were men and women who stood at the threshold of a new age.Their grand-parents lit their homes with oil lamps and travelled by horse and cart, but they would live to see jet travel and space flight.Jodrell Bank is an icon of the United Kingdom’s tradition of scientific achievement and is today at the cutting edge of twenty-first century discovery.And as I look towards the future, that spirit of scientific inquiry, and its power to shape a better tomorrow, is at the heart of my vision.Because the world today stands at the threshold of a new technological age as exciting as any in our past.Great changes in how we live, how we work, how businesses trade will reshape our economy and transform our society in the years ahead.This technological revolution presents huge opportunities for countries with the means to seize them.And Britain is in pole position to do just that.We are ranked first in the world for research into the defining technologies of the next decade, from genomics and synthetic biology, to robotics and satellites.With 1 per cent of the world’s population, we are home to 12 of the top 100 universities.And London is Europe’s leading tech start-up cluster, attracting more venture capital investment than any other city.But this success is not automatic.We are at the forefront of scientific invention because we embrace change and use regulation not to stifle but to stimulate an environment for creativity.We have great universities because we have strengthened historic institutions and nurtured new intellectual powerhouses with public investment.Britain’s businesses can take on the world because they have access to a skilled workforce and modern infrastructure.Key to our success has been the combination of individual ingenuity and ambition with government action to invest in the future.British scientific achievementUK global leadership in science and innovation is one of this country’s greatest assets.For centuries Britain has been a cradle of scientific achievement.William Harvey’s discovery that blood circulates around the body provided the basis for modern physiology and lead directly to every great medical advance of the last 400 years.Isaac Newton’s establishment of the laws of motion, optics and gravitation defined the parameters of physics and laid the foundations on which modern science rests.Michael Faraday’s discovery of electromagnetic induction unlocked the potential of electricity to light up the world and power the modern age.Every day, we benefit from the work of generations of British scientists and engineers.Every time we use a computer or go online, we benefit from the genius of Alan Turing and the foresight of Sir Tim Berners-Lee.Every journey in an airliner is powered by the turbo-jet technology pioneered by Frank Whittle.Every day my life and the lives of millions of people around the world are made infinitely better because of the ground-breaking work on the structure of insulin by Dorothy Hodgkin.Each of these scientists and inventors has an inspiring story of human achievement borne of hours of patient labour from which we all reap the rewards.Contemporary British science is just as inspiring.Developing gene therapies to treat – and even cure – diseases that until now have been beyond us.Creating new materials like graphene that open-up opportunities across industry and medicine – from lighter display screens to synthetic bone tissue.Producing CT and MRI scanners to provide new ways of seeing inside the body to diagnose disease and target treatments.Scientific research is a noble pursuit and a public good – whether or not it leads directly to a commercial application.But when a discovery does have the potential to create or transform an industrial sector, time and again British entrepreneurs have been the first to capitalise on it.In the eighteenth century, Stoke-on-Trent became the ceramics capital of the world after Josiah Wedgewood industrialised the manufacture of pottery.In the nineteenth century, George Stephenson made Newcastle the first city anywhere to export railway locomotives.In the twentieth century, Arthur Pilkington made St Helen’s the global centre of innovation in glassmaking.The great towns and cities of Britain grew up as global centres of innovative production.However, the nature of innovation and progress is that new technology inevitably replaces old.And in the twenty-first century, some parts of the country that once thrived because of innovation and technology have seen the jobs and opportunities of the past fall away.But in others we have seen Britain’s capacity for invention and reinvention create twenty-first century success stories: Our challenge as a nation, and my determination as Prime Minister, is not just to lead the world in the 4th industrial revolution – but to ensure that every part of our country powers that success.That is what our modern Industrial Strategy is all about.Investing in science and research to keep us at the forefront of new technologies and the benefits they bring.Nurturing the talent of tomorrow – through more outstanding schools, world-leading universities and the technical skills that will drive our economy.And transforming the places where people live and work – the places where ideas and inspiration are born – by backing businesses and building infrastructure not just in London and the South East but across every part of our country.Science at heart of a modern Industrial StrategyGovernment has always had a crucial role in supporting scientific research and the technological advancements that flow from it……from the founding of the learned societies under royal patronage in the seventeenth century to the expansion of state-funded research in universities through the twentieth century.In the last few years, government support has helped create new landmark institutions, like the Francis Crick Institute – Europe’s biomedical research facility – and the Aerospace Technology Institute in Bedford – leading on research and technology in the aerospace sector.And in the Industrial Strategy, we have made a commitment to take our support for UK science and technology to another level.£7 billion in new public funding for science, research and innovation: the largest increase for 40 years.But to truly succeed we will go even further.As a government, we have set the goal of research and development investment reaching 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027 – more than ever before.That could translate to an additional £80 billion investment in the ideas of the future over the next decade.But even that figure fails to capture the scale of the possibility this will create.Because science and technology have a dynamic relationship.The scientific breakthroughs of today will lead to technological advances which themselves open the door to further scientific discovery, the likes of which are beyond our imagination.And it won’t just be public funding – our R&D target covers the combined power of government and business alike.That is what the Industrial Strategy is all about – not just the state spending money but using smart public investment to harness private funding.Not government running enterprise, but a strategic state using its power and influence to create the right conditions to allow us to thrive in the long term.A strategic approach means ensuring we have an education system that gives young people the skills they need to contribute to the economy of the future.That means more free schools and academies providing great school places, a curriculum that sets the highest standards, and proper support for our teachers to deliver it…It means more rigorous science GCSEs preparing young people better for further study and work, and more young people going on to do sciences at A-level.And to attract talented science graduates into the teaching profession, we are offering tax-free bursaries worth up to £26,000 in priority subjects.And it means going even further in the future.Transforming technical education with new high-quality T-levels that are every bit as good as A-levels.New Institutes of Technology to provide higher-level education and training.And a national re-training scheme to help workers of all ages adapt their skills to the jobs of tomorrow.This is action from a strategic state to drive policy changes that will benefit our economy, our society and the individuals we serve.And it’s not just in education.A strategic approach means……renewing and extending our infrastructure with faster trains, bigger stations, better road connections……delivering next generation mobile and broadband connections, with faster speeds and better coverage……ensuring we have the right regulation, modern employment standards, effective corporate governance rules.It means government doing what only it can do: fixing the essential foundations of our economy.That allows researchers, innovators and businesses to do what only they can do: generate and develop the great ideas, products and services that create jobs and produce growth.And if we do this – if we get the essentials of our economy right – we can focus our talents and ambition on seizing the opportunities of the future.Grand challengesWe cannot predict the future or guess what technological or scientific breakthroughs might lie just around the corner.But we can observe the long-term trends that are shaping change in our world today and which will drive and demand innovation in the years ahead.We know that artificial intelligence and the big data revolution is transforming business models and employment practices across all sectors of the economy – especially in services, which are so important to our country.We can see that a rising global population and ever-increasing urbanisation, combined with new transport technologies, are driving profound changes in how we move people and goods around our cities and countries.We know that our society here in the UK, and in other developed countries around the world, is getting older – creating new demands and opportunities.And the international determination to address climate change and deliver clean growth in the future is one of the facts of our time – and one of the greatest industrial opportunities of all time.The modern Industrial Strategy identifies these four Grand Challenges as the areas of enormous potential for the UK economy.By channelling our efforts into meeting them – building on our strengths in science, innovation, and commerce – we can develop technologies to export around the world, we can grow whole new industries that bring good jobs across the UK, and we can achieve tangible social improvements for everyone in our society.Four missionsFrom John Harrison’s development of the marine chronometer, to the sequencing of the human genome and treatments to tackle the AIDS crisis……we have seen throughout our history that setting ambitious and clearly-defined missions motivates human endeavour.There is huge potential in a missions-based approach to drive faster solutions – and it is an approach being pioneered here in the UK, by University College London’s Commission on Mission-Oriented Industrial Strategy.So today I am setting the first four missions of our Industrial Strategy – one in each Grand Challenge.If they are to be meaningful, they must be ambitious and stretching.That means that our success in them cannot be guaranteed.But I believe that by setting a high ambition, we can achieve more than we otherwise would.So these are the missions I am setting today.AI and dataFirst, as part of the AI and Data Grand Challenge, the United Kingdom will use data, artificial intelligence and innovation to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and dementia by 2030.Late diagnosis of otherwise treatable illnesses is one of the biggest causes of avoidable deaths.And the development of smart technologies to analyse great quantities of data quickly and with a higher degree of accuracy than is possible by human beings opens up a whole new field of medical research and gives us a new weapon in our armoury in the fight against disease.In cancer, our ambition is that within 15 years we will be able to diagnose at a much earlier stage the lung, bowel, prostate or ovarian cancer of at least 50,000 more people a year.Combined with the great treatment and care provided by our NHS, that will mean every year 22,000 fewer people will die within five years of their diagnosis compared to today.We will work with industry and the medical research community to announce specific ambitions in a range of other disease areas over the coming weeks and months.Achieving this mission will not only save thousands of lives.It will incubate a whole new industry around AI-in-healthcare, creating high-skilled science jobs across the country, drawing on existing centres of excellence in places like Edinburgh, Oxford and Leeds – and helping to grow new ones.Healthy ageingSecond, through our healthy ageing grand challenge, we will ensure that people can enjoy five extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, whilst narrowing the gap between the experience of the richest and poorest.We are living longer lives because of medical advances, better drugs, healthier lifestyles, and safer workplaces.It is a sign of our success, of our progress as a society, and is to be celebrated.But as we extend the years of our life, we should also work harder to increase quality of life in our later years.That should not just be the preserve of the wealthy – everyone, of every background and income level, has the right to enjoy a happy and active retirement.We can do that by supporting more people to stay happy, healthy and independent in their own homes for longer, instead of going into hospital.It will take a collective effort to achieve this.Employers can help, by meeting the needs of people who have caring responsibilities and by doing more to support older people to contribute in the workplace – and enjoy the emotional and physical benefits of having a job if they want one.Businesses can contribute, and benefit, by supplying the needs of a growing market.Innovative and well-designed products and services – from housing adaptations that make our homes safer for older people to live in, to smart technologies that help people continue to enjoy life if they have a health condition.These innovations can also be exported to a rapidly growing market around the world.And we can all play our part – by making healthier lifestyle choices ourselves, and by supporting our friends and neighbours as they get older.We can build a stronger society, where more people can contribute their talents for longer and fewer people face loneliness and isolation.Future of mobilityThird, in the future of mobility grand challenge, we have a mission to put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles and for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040.Technology is revolutionising how we power vehicles, how they are driven, how we navigate and how we access information about public transport.Britain led the world into the railway age. We pioneered jet air travel.By putting the UK at the forefront of the twenty-first century transport revolution, we can ensure our automotive sector – one of our greatest success stories – continues to thrive and create good jobs across the country.We can make our towns and cities cleaner, safer and more productive places to live and work.We can set a global standard for managing technological change to maximise economic and environmental benefits.We will work with industry to achieve this ambition, and share the benefits this opportunity presents.Clean growthAnd fourth, in the clean growth grand challenge, we will use new technologies and modern construction practices to at least halve the energy usage of new buildings by 2030.Heating and powering buildings accounts for 40 per cent of our total energy usage.By making our buildings more energy efficient and embracing smart technologies, we can slash household energy bills, reduce demand for energy, and meet our targets for carbon reduction.By halving the energy use of new buildings – both commercial and residential – we could reduce the energy bills for their occupants by as much as 50 per cent.And we will aim to halve the costs of reaching the same standard in existing buildings too.Meeting this challenge will drive innovation and higher standards in the construction sector, helping it to meet our ambitious homebuilding targets and providing more jobs and opportunity to millions of workers across the country.It will be a catalyst for new technologies and more productive methods, which can be exported to a large and growing global market for clean technologies.These four missions are just the beginning – and in setting further missions across the four grand challenge areas, we will work closely with businesses and sectors.In each one of these four missions, scientific and technological innovations have the potential to create jobs, drive economic growth across the country and deliver tangible improvements for everyone in our country.This represents a level of ambition every bit as high as that which created Jodrell Bank and rebuilt Britain in 1945.We live in a different world today. Our economy is more globalised. Our strengths are in services, as well as in manufacturing. Our population is older.And the Industrial Strategy sets its sights on our future, not our past.As we look towards that new future for the UK outside of the European Union, the UK’s ingenuity and creativity will be what drives our progress as a nation.Science and BrexitWilliam Wordsworth described the statue of Sir Isaac Newton that stands in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge as being ‘the marble index of a mind forever voyaging through strange seas of thought, alone.’That romantic image belies the truth that the essence of scientific progress is not private contemplation, but collaboration.Nothing is achieved in isolation and it is only through co-operation that advances are made.Every great British scientist could only reach new frontiers of invention because they built on the work of others, exchanged ideas with their contemporaries and participated in an international community of discovery.William Harvey learned medicine at the University of Padua.The first secretary of the Royal Society, Henry Oldenburg, was an immigrant from Germany.The discovery of DNA in Cambridge was the work of an Englishman, Francis Crick; an American, James Watson; a born New Zealander, Maurice Wilkins; and a descendent of Jewish immigrants from Poland, Rosalind Franklin.Indeed Newton himself put it best when he wrote that, ‘if I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants’.Science is an international enterprise and discoveries know no borders.The United Kingdom today is at the centre of a web of international collaboration.Our immigration system supports this, with no cap on the number of the students who can come to our universities, and thousands coming every year, learning from some of the finest academics and contributing to the success of some of the best universities in the world.Indeed, since 2010 the number of overseas students coming to study at UK universities has increased by almost a quarter.The UK will always be open to the brightest and the best researchers to come and make their valued contribution.And today over half of the UK’s resident researcher population were born overseas.When we leave the European Union, I will ensure that does not change.Indeed the Britain we build together in the decades ahead must be one in which scientific collaboration and the free exchange of ideas is increased and extended, both between the UK and the European Union and with partners around the world.I know how deeply British scientists value their collaboration with colleagues in other countries through EU-organised programmes.And the contribution which UK science makes to those programmes is immense.I have already said that I want the UK to have a deep science partnership with the European Union, because this is in the interests of scientists and industry right across Europe.And today I want to spell out that commitment even more clearly.The United Kingdom would like the option to fully associate ourselves with the excellence-based European science and innovation programmes – including the successor to Horizon 2020 and Euratom R&T.It is in the mutual interest of the UK and the EU that we should do so.Of course such an association would involve an appropriate UK financial contribution, which we would willingly make.In return, we would look to maintain a suitable level of influence in line with that contribution and the benefits we bring.The UK is ready to discuss these details with the Commission as soon as possible.ConclusionWhat I have set out today – unprecedented investment into science and research; four missions to drive businesses, academia, and government to meet the Grand Challenges of our time; and a clear commitment to extend our international collaboration after Brexit – build a positive vision for our country’s future.An open and innovative economy.The best place to start and grow a high-tech business.An outward-looking country, open to talent and ideas from around the world.A global centre for scientific discovery and creativity, where progress is driven by an optimism about the possibilities technological change can bring.There is no escaping the complexity of the challenge, but there should be no mistaking the scale of the opportunity before us either.The world is about to change – and is indeed already changing – at a remarkable pace.Technologies with the potential to transform our society will come of age in the years ahead.This is an exciting time to be alive – and rich in possibility for the curious, the inventive and the determined: the children in schools today studying STEM subjects in record numbers thanks to our education reforms.The undergraduates from an ever more diverse set of backgrounds now embarking on higher studies.The aspiring engineers and skilled workers who will benefit from our reforms to technical education over the coming years.The young researchers from around the world, starting their careers working in British laboratories.All have the chance to be part of one of the most exciting periods of discovery the world has ever known.Amongst their number will be names to be inscribed alongside the greatest figures of the past on the honour roll of scientific achievement.And together, we can continue a tradition of innovation that will extend our horizons and transform our lives. Cardiff has gone from exporting coal to pioneering in semiconductors. Dundee from jute to computer gaming. Hull from whaling to wind-turbines.last_img read more

Calming influence

first_imgYoshira Cardenas ’12 loves getting a back rub. In fact, she enjoys the concept so much that she can’t keep it to herself. So, each week, Cardenas travels around campus with fellow Harvard undergraduates to knead the tension out of the necks and shoulders of classmates. She says that, when it comes to massage, giving one is almost as good as getting one.“I love what I do because it makes people happy and also serves as a method of stress relief for me,” she said. “I don’t think about homework while I give a back rub; I concentrate on providing a good experience for my classmate.”Cardenas is the student coordinator of Stressbusters, a group of undergraduates who provide classmates with a healthy way to manage the pressures of exams, papers, and College life in general. She and her cohorts bring free back rubs to students who have neither the time nor the money for professional massage — or who simply wake up with a stiff neck after huddling over a laptop for 10-12 hours at a stretch — in dorms and Houses across campus.“Our goal is to bring relaxation and happiness to the Harvard community,” Cardenas said. “We want to alleviate students’ stress and promote the importance of self-care and of being physically and mentally healthy.“Stressbusters was created in 1996 by Jordan Friedman when he was director of Columbia University’s health education program, and has grown into a national initiative that trains college students in stress prevention and management. The program came to Harvard in 2009 when Jeanne Mahon, director of the University’s Center for Wellness, saw the impact that it was having at other schools. Friedman’s own website claims that Stressbusters “now connects nearly 200,000 students and staff with stress reduction and wellness information” at campuses around the country.“I met with Friedman and was intrigued by the idea of a hands-on program, so to speak,” said Mahon, who is Stressbusters’ campus supervisor. “Research has shown that even five- to seven-minute back rubs lead to lower levels of cortisol [a hormone released in response to stress] and lower blood pressure. I also loved the idea that students would be helping to care for each other. So we brought in an initial group of students and had one of our massage therapists train them.”Today, the program is growing fast. Harvard Stressbusters gave around 1,200 back rubs in 172 hours at 44 events around campus in the 2010-11 academic year. As the fall semester draws to a close, students have already provided about 780 back rubs at 25 events, a pace that by next June could easily surpass last year’s numbers. Mahon said that, by the middle of October, the group was already booked solid through the end of the term.“We started with two events a week,” she said. “Then we did a training in October and got a new group of students who were very enthusiastic. So we decided to take on one more event per week. We were quickly booked up through the fall. We actually had to turn people away, which is a little bit sad.”Undergraduates become Stressbusters by completing a training session offered by the Center for Wellness at the beginning of each semester. The two-hour sessions give students a history of the program and a rundown of how it works, as well as lessons on how to give a good back rub.“There’s a very specific protocol,” said Mahon. “We call it a back rub, not a massage, because students don’t go through the level of training that a qualified massage therapist would go through. We instruct them on how to do seated back rubs that focus on the neck, back, shoulders, and arms.”New Stressbuster deliverers practice on each other under the watchful eye of licensed massage therapist Kara Donohoe. Donohoe said she makes sure that students know a muscle from a bone, and the points at which pleasure becomes pain.“I teach them to work on back, neck, arms, and hands, while avoiding any bony areas of the body,” Donohoe said. “As a massage therapist, I have extensive training in anatomy, physiology, and pathology. This allows me to help people with injuries and people who suffer from chronic pain and stress.”The group usually appears at events scheduled by proctors or tutors who email Stressbusters with a request. As coordinator, Cardenas lines up the dates — typically two or three per week — and recruits cohorts to participate. The Stressbusters show up with supplies and use chairs provided by the host. Students who want a back rub take a seat — or sign up if there’s a list — and enjoy their sessions.“I normally don’t like getting massages because I’m ticklish,” said Megan Prasad ’15, who attended a Stressbusters event at Thayer Hall. “The Stressbusters were willing to adjust to my preferences to make sure that the back rub was enjoyable. I felt sleepy afterwards, and less tense. It was a great way to wind down.”Donohoe said that Prasad’s relaxation — and the Stressbusters’ success — stem from the power of the human touch.“It’s about getting that person in the chair to slow down, put away their iPhone, and lose themselves for five minutes,” she said. “It’s really quite amazing what just five minutes can do for your mind and body. Sometimes just placing your hand on someone’s back or shoulder is all a person needs in that moment, and can help them through the day.”The next Stressbusters training will be in February. Interested students should watch the Community Outreach area of the Center for Wellness website for dates. If you want the Stressbusters to visit your House or dorm, send a request to [email protected]last_img read more

Iditarod drops ceremonial start over crowd-size concerns

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — There is another dramatic change for the Iditarod this year. Officials on Friday announced that the cfan-favorite ceremonial start for the world’s most famous sled dog race has been canceled over crowd-size concerns during the pandemic. The event usually draws large crowds to downtown Anchorage, where beer and food tents line city streets. Iditarod CEO Rob Urbach says they take the health and well-being of the racers, volunteers, staff and spectators very seriously. The race has been shortened this year, and it will start and finish north of Anchorage instead of having the finish line in Nome. There will be limited areas for spectators for the race’s start and end, and fans are encouraged to watch on television.last_img

Nokian Tyres Vermont marks 75th anniversary of the world’s first winter tire

first_imgNokian Tyres,Seventy-five years ago, tire manufacturing pioneer Nokian Tyres, Inc invented the Hakkapeliitta, the world’s first tire designed specifically for passenger cars to handle the snow and ice of winter roads. On Saturday, the company will mark this milestone in Vermont with an all-day picnic that also honors employee contributions to the company’s continuous spirit of innovation.The 75th Anniversary celebration will be held Saturday, August 13 at the Nokian Tyres North American Headquarters, 1945 Main Street in Colchester, VT, from 11 amuntil 6 pm
Over 150 employees and their families from Vermont and across the US and Canada will enjoy music, games, kids’ play structures, and a huge BBQ buffet.Nokian Tyres moved its North American headquarters from Nashville, Tennessee, to Colchester, Vermont, in 2009 to take advantage of the snowier New England road conditions where the company’s innovative winter tires thrive. The facility employs 57 people.In 1934, Nokian engineers were quick to understand the need for a tire that was specifically suited to Nordic driving conditions. As a result, they invented the first tread-patterned tire designed for winter use in trucks and lorries, or ‘weather tire’ as it was called. Two years later, Nokian expanded the idea to fit passenger cars with the first Hakkapeliitta winter tire, later named Snow Hakkapeliitta. The tire tread showed a stepped, relatively sparse transverse pattern equipped with so-called suction pads. This tread pattern remained unchanged until the 1950s.Hakkapeliitta winter tires outfitted the car that recently set the new world record for fastest car on ice. The record was set on March 6, 2011 by Nokian Tyres’ test driver Janne Laitinen, who drove 206.05 mph on the frozen Gulf of Bothnia in Oulu, Finland.Continuing its history of innovation, in 2006 Nokian Tyres became the world’s first tire manufacturer to fully eliminate high-aromatic (HA) oils in its production. The purified oils used by Nokian Tyres contain less polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) than required in the pertinent EU directive. This not only makes tire production safer for the environment, but the materials are also safer for employees to handle and work around.About Nokian Tyres, Inc.Nokian Tyres, Inc. is the North American subsidiary of Nokian Tyres P.L.C. Located in Colchester, Vermont, the company employs 170 people and services over 1500 retailers in North America selling Nokian products. The company also owns and operates 10 Vianor retail tire and service centers through the Northeastern United States. Further information about Nokian’s North American operations is available at its North American specific website: www.nokiantires.com(link is external) Colchester, Vermont, August 11, 2011last_img read more

Technology enables member service

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr LAFCU members wanting a “face-to-face” transaction experience can use the interactive teller machines in the drive-thru.center_img As concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread, credit unions have begun closing their lobbies and urging members to use alternative ways to access their accounts.LAFCU in Lansing, Mich., is now opening its branch lobbies by  appointment  to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19.“As an employer and public-facing institution, LAFCU believes it is our responsibility to keep our employees, members, and community safe,” says Kelli Ellsworth Etchison, chief marketing officer at the $747 million asset credit union. “It’s just the right thing to do.“The decision was immediately embraced by employees,” she continues. “They sent emails to management saying they are grateful and proud to work for a company that cares. Members have also been receptive to the change, understanding that change is the new normal in this rapidly evolving environment.”last_img read more

Changi branch approved

first_imgSINGAPORE’s Mass Rapid Transit network is to be extended to Changi Airport by 2001, at a cost of S$700m to S$800m. The long-awaited decision was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on November 15. The 6·4 km branch from Tanah Merah was proposed as part of the initial MRT network, but later dropped because of poor traffic projections, although the flying junctions were included as part of the access to Changi depot.Last March Communications Minister Mah Bow Tan instructed the Land Transport Authority to review the prospects for the branch. The study found that air passengers, airport workers and employees at a new business park would generate enough patronage to justify construction under the revised funding formula agreed with the government last year (RG 3.96 p118).The branch will run on viaduct from Tanah Merah to Sompah station, serving the Changi Business Park, and then tunnel under the airport to a station serving both air terminals. Trains will run through onto the MRT east-west line, and terminate at Outram Park west of the city centre, providing interchange with both the Woodlands loop and the Northeast line now under construction. Services are expected to run every 15 min, handling around 36000 passengers/day olast_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report (February 5-10)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report  (February 5-10)Players of the Week.Boys Basketball:  Zac Minnich – MilanAustin Smith – Switzerland CountyORVC Report (February 5-10)Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img