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Lady Badgers Hang Tough Against SLCC

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEPHRAIM, Utah-Sydney Pilling led the Lady Badgers with 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field but it wasn’t enough as Salt Lake CC downed the Badgers 68-61 Saturday. Shawnee Simpson was credited with 13 points, and Rachel Roberts chipped in 11 points for the Lady Badgers. Simpson was also credited with a team-best six rebounds.Snow College will now take to the road for three straight Scenic West Conference road games, beginning on Thursday, January 17 at Colorado Northwestern. Game time is slated for 5 p.m. in Rangely, Colo. Tags: SLCC Women’s Basketball/Snow Badgers Brad James Written by January 13, 2020 /Sports News – Local Lady Badgers Hang Tough Against SLCClast_img

Ocean City Osprey Cam Back Online for 2015

first_img<br /> A familiar pair of ospreys are back at their nest in the shadow of the Ninth Street Bridge near Ocean City, and so is a video cam that gives the world a 24-hour view of the birds. A male osprey brings a fish back to the nest on Saturday afternoon. The pair can be seen on a live cam available online.The images are streamed live to the Internet and can be viewed here: Ocean City Osprey Cam.The cam’s web feed is sponsored by Bay Cats, a catamaran, kayak and stand-up paddleboard shop on the 300 block of Bay Avenue. The seasonal shop last year offered nature tours that start with a live view of the ospreys from the computer and proceed to visit the area of the nest by water.The video stream was reactivated for the season this week. The ospreys are expected to produce eggs soon, and last year the cam provided a great view of the pair raising three chicks through the summer.Bay Cats owner Jennifer Boyce upgraded the server for the webcam last year to eliminate buffering. She said Stone Harbor’s Wetlands Institute used the feed at its museum and environmental education center.The solar-powered camera was installed in 2010 on a post near the osprey platform. The signal was transmitted across the bay to a monitor at the Bayside Center (500 block of Bay Avenue) in 2011. With the help of private donors and some support from the city’s technology staff, the live web feed was created last year.The family will remain in the nest all summer as the chicks learn to fly and catch fish. The ospreys will migrate south in September and return to the same nest in spring 2016. Ospreys mate for life.last_img read more

New Sales Associate Joins Berkshire Hathaway

first_imgSteve Booth, sales leader of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors office on 34th Street in Ocean City, welcomes Lexi Lyon as a sales associate.Lyon, who resides in Dorothy, can be contacted at 609-415-5158 or by emailing [email protected] Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors is part of HomeServices of America, the nation’s largest provider of total home services and largest residential brokerage company in the U.S. in sales volume, according to the 2020 REAL Trends 500 report.The company was recently awarded “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” and “Highest Ranked in Trust and/Love” in the 32nd annual Harris Poll EquiTrend Study.With market dominance three times the market share of its nearest competitor, the brokerage completed more than 31,457 transactions in 2019. With over 5,500 sales professionals in more than 75 sales offices across the Tri-State area, the company was recently acknowledged as No. 1 for the fifth year in a row, in the entire national Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Network.Through its affiliate, the Trident Group, the company provides one-stop shopping and services to its clients, including mortgage financing, and title, property and casualty insurance.Visit www.foxroach.com for more information. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors 34th Street office in Ocean City.last_img read more

David Bowie Surprises Fans After Death With Secret Color-Changing Album Cover

first_imgEven though he has passed on from this realm, David Bowie is still leaving us with a multitude of surprises. According to a discussion on Reddit, a fan discovered that if you leave the gatefold sleeve artwork from the music legend’s latest album ★ Blackstar in the sun, the “black star” actually transforms into virtual field of stars.According to Jonathan Barnbrook, who designed the image, in an interview with Dezeen he stated, “A lot of people said it was a bullshit cover when it came out, that it took five minutes to design….But I think there is a misunderstanding about the simplicity.” And there certainly was, as this image is much more complex than most people gave it credit for.“This was a man who was facing his own mortality. The Blackstar symbol [★], rather than writing ‘Blackstar,’ has as a sort of finality, a darkness, a simplicity, which is a representation of the music.” Barnbrook explained some of the larger concepts tucked away inside those five black points, saying, “The idea of mortality is in there, and of course the idea of a black hole sucking in everything, the Big Bang, the start of the universe, if there is an end of the universe. These are things that relate to mortality.”[via Fact Mag]last_img read more

Reviving the past, one revision at a time

first_imgPulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer Jennifer Egan comes to Harvard on Monday to talk about her craft as part of the Writers Speak series at the Mahindra Humanities Center. Her 6 p.m. conversation at Paine Hall in the Music Building with fellow novelist Claire Messud, a senior lecturer in English, will cover Egan’s success with “A Visit from the Goon Squad” and offer a peek into her forthcoming historical novel, “Manhattan Beach.” In a Gazette Q&A she talked about honing her skills as an oral historian, writing her books by hand, and learning how to let a story live.GAZETTE: It’s been almost six years since you published “A Visit from the Goon Squad,” which won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Critics Circle Award. Did you intend to take such a long break?EGAN: I’ve been researching “Manhattan Beach” [due out in October], which is research-heavy and long, since 2005. It was a big undertaking. I would say the whole time, even while working on “Goon Squad,” I was researching this other book. It is set in the ’30s and ’40s, and I was interviewing people — women especially — who had worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, repairing and building ships during World War II. Many of those people have passed on even since my interviewing them. They were all in their 80s then. It’s amazing how hearty some people are. One of my more recent interviewees is a 94-year-old Merchant Marine engineer. In 2015, he was racing up and down ladders on a Liberty ship with me. He recently complained that he’s just had to get a cane. He’s bummed out about that cane. All I can say is: More power to him.I also took some time off from writing and tried to capitalize on my good fortune with “Goon Squad” and reach as wide an audience as I could. I hadn’t had that opportunity before. I traveled to other countries as much as was feasible with kids at home — short, intensive visits in a number of places. I traveled in this country, too, trying to connect with and solidify an audience as much as possible. “Manhattan Beach” is so different from “Goon Squad” that I’m not sure I will carry all those people with me.GAZETTE: In an interview with The Guardian in 2011, you talked about the challenge of writing a historical novel “in a way that’s more playful than just setting in the past.” How did you achieve that?EGAN: Not in the way I’d envisioned, that’s for sure. After “Goon Squad,” I felt a certain pressure to be a “structural innovator.” But working on “Manhattan Beach” reminded me that structural innovation only really works when the story can’t be told any other way. And the material in “Manhattan Beach” repelled any trickiness that I tried to impose upon it. It convulsed under those impositions. The book required a more conventional telling than any I’ve employed in a while. I’d call it a noir thriller, if I had to classify it.GAZETTE: You mentioned the elderly voices you interviewed for the book. Was there added weight in knowing your conversations with them would probably be their last opportunity to have their experiences, in some way, recorded?EGAN: Well, in some sense that weight was formalized: I joined forces with the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Brooklyn Historical Society to help create an archive of Navy Yard workers’ stories. We were interviewing people for that specific purpose, and we recorded with really good equipment. There was an oral historian involved. My prior interviewing experience, which was extensive, had come from being a journalist. But I learned that interviewing for oral history involves a very different technique — it’s about getting the subject to tell their story in whatever form it takes, without trying to order or structure it in the moment. My mistake as an interviewer was that I kept trying to keep my subjects on track, rather than letting the track assert itself. The tangents were important, too. I feel like I sort of lost things, or cut them off, when I took the lead in some of those early interviews. But I tend to be self-critical; the bottom line is — it was a wonderful experience. And I did learn to shut up over time.GAZETTE: Can you talk about the traveling you did for “Goon Squad”? Where did it take you — and what was the value in it?EGAN: There was a real joy in meeting and interacting with people who had read the book. That was a thrill and a privilege. I had written other books, and although I had moved incrementally forward, this felt like a quantum leap that I never presumed I would make. Winning a prize is always a matter of luck: You’re lucky to have pleased the right jury at the right time. I got unbelievably lucky, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and yet the prize has this weird iconic quality that ends up obscuring its chancy underpinnings. It’s very poignant to think that someone else could have had that luck. It happened to be me. I never thought of myself as being especially lucky, and I assume I will never receive that kind of treatment again. I hope I can give other people that luck.GAZETTE: How do you spread the luck?EGAN: For one, I continue to blurb. Also, to encourage and help worthy writers whenever I can. I’m not really a teacher, but I have my eyes open and have tried to help people as much as I can. There are a couple of people I’ve mentored professionally, really tried to help guide through the process of getting published. Coming to Harvard, I love talking to younger writers because it’s another way I can try to help. I think it’s useful to know that anyone trying to write is in the same boat. We all have much more in common than we have differences. I try to communicate that as much as I can. These visits are about finding common ground rather than me dispensing wisdom from on high.GAZETTE: Has your writing style evolved? Do you still write exclusively by hand?EGAN: My first draft of “Manhattan Beach” was 30 legal pads, handwritten. That was rough. Typing it was dreadful. I made a bit of a change in my routine in the editing of that book. I used to never write on the screen, but with “Manhattan Beach,” I began to alternate between revising by hand and revising on the screen. I would see it differently. I don’t know if that will remain a permanent thing for me, but it moved the process along a bit — the book might have taken me even longer otherwise!At the beginning, in my first drafts, I rely on my unconscious to cough up material. That doesn’t happen if I see everything on a screen in typeface. What seems to free me up is the physicality of handwriting — the act of doing it — and the indecipherable quality of my particular writing. Sometimes I actually can’t read it, and I lose things. Not being able to read what I’m writing, literally, makes the process mysterious. I need to allow it to unfold. Once I’ve typed the draft, which is hell, and read it, which is even worse, I come up with a clear and conscious outline. As a journalist, I write on a screen, but with fiction writing, when I leave behind my own life and thoughts, I need to enter a different creative mind.GAZETTE: With “Goon Squad,” there was debate: Was it a novel or a collection of short stories? What is your advice on how to think about framing stories?EGAN: In art as in life, categories are just concepts. “Goon Squad” actually did turn out to have a genre: It’s a record album in literary form. I didn’t realize that when I started working on it. When I was dividing it in half, there was Part 1 and Part 2, and I decided to call them A and B. I thought, “Ah, it’s a record album.” In general, I would urge people not to worry about categories. They’re not real, and they shouldn’t be reified into truths. The hardest thing is to write anything that has a pulse, that feels alive. My advice would be: Just try to do something good — God knows it’s not easy. Let the publisher worry about the category.I should add, though, that I didn’t follow my own advice. I wouldn’t let them put “novel” on the hard cover of “Goon Squad.” That was a bad marketing decision. The book did very poorly the first several months, and I’m sure part of that was that it lacked a category. I’m reading George Saunders’ new novel [“Lincoln in the Bardo”], and it’s crazy and moving and strange. Who knows what it is, exactly? Who cares? If it’s alive, you know all you need to know about it. I wanted “Manhattan Beach” to be a tricky, raffish take on the historical novel, but the material died when I tried to manipulate it that way. I had to let it be what it wanted to be.Interview was edited and condensed.The Writers Speak series continues with Daniel Alarcón (“Lost City Radio,” “At Night We Walk in Circles”) and Francisco Goldman (“The Long Night of the White Chickens,” “Say Her Name,” “The Art of Political Murder”) visiting Sever Hall, Room 113, at 6 p.m. April 3.last_img read more

Managing the contentious Presidential race in the workplace

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have two things in common: They are controversial and disliked by many.Although the home stretch of the election officially launched during the Labor Day weekend, it seems the heated debates over the candidates got off to an early start everywhere, including the workplace. And that can create major headaches for HR leaders if political banter among employees turns ugly, according to the Society of Human Resource Management.In June, weeks before the Democratic and Republican national conventions, SHRM released the results of a survey that showed 26% of HR professionals perceived a greater political volatility in the workplace this year compared with previous election years. continue reading »last_img read more

WhatsApp partners with youth NGO for digital business training

first_imgAdi Wahyu Prasetya is trying his best to retain the 44 workers he employs at his small family business, Hj. Mbok Sri, which sells fried onions in Palu, Central Sulawesi. The use of digital platforms has helped his small business despite losses caused by the epidemic.“Previously, we only sold to customers in Palu but now we also ship to other cities as well,” said the young entrepreneur, adding that his market now spanned from Aceh to Papua. “We have seen quite an increase in profit because of digital platforms like WhatsApp Business.”Still for Adi, who has been running his business since 2017, restrictions imposed due to the epidemic have led to higher logistical costs and delayed shipments from up to four days to two weeks to reach Jakarta, the first COVID-19 epicenter that recently extended its transitional restrictions.  Adi, who participated in youth empowerment civil society organization Prestasi Junior Indonesia (PJI), manages among the 13 percent of small businesses across Indonesia that use digital platforms. The rest have not digitized their businesses.To empower youngsters such as Adi in digitizing their businesses, instant messaging platform WhatsApp has partnered with PJI to give six-month training on using digital business platforms to more than 1,000 students in 12 cities across Indonesia.The partnership, which will take place in, among other cities, Tangerang in Banten, Batam in Riau Islands and Jayapura in Papua, aims at encouraging the youth to become entrepreneurs.As the country sources 60 percent of its economic growth from more than 60 million small businesses, the government plans to encourage 2 million small businesses to go online this year.WhatsApp, which is owned by American social media giant Facebook, and PJI plan to introduce the participating students to the mobile app that allows small businesses to communicate with their customers, called WhatsApp Business. WhatsApp Business has more than 5 million users worldwide since its launch in January 2018.As many as 45 percent of young entrepreneurs, including students, said in June that they were more active on e-commerce platforms, according to a survey of 2,200 entrepreneurs by SEA Insights, a subsidiary of technology company SEA Group that owns e-commerce platform Shopee.With many people still staying at home, WhatsApp and PJI will create a web page for participating students to download the training materials and create a WhatsApp group in each city to facilitate the discussion related to the training, according to Utami Anita Herawati, the manager of the western region program at PJI.The training materials include guides on using WhatsApp Business, managing communications with customers, connecting with them and privacy and security of the app.“They can study on their own first,” said Utami. “If they have any questions, we will have a discussion where they can talk to trainers from WhatsApp or PJI.”As part of the partnership, PJI is also creating its own account on WhatsApp Business to promote more than 70 small businesses owned by the youth who have taken part in its similar entrepreneurship program.“This is a free app that millions of businesses have been using in Indonesia,” Karissa Sjawaldy, the public policy manager at Facebook Indonesia, said in a virtual briefing on Tuesday. “We want to focus on young entrepreneurs. We want to train them early on how to benefit from the digital economy.”The partnership comes at a time when many Indonesians have been forced to move from brick-and-mortar stores to online shops as the country imposes restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19.Indonesians’ visits and length of stay at retail and recreation places, including shopping malls, had declined by 18 percent as of July 3, from normal levels in January-February, according to Google data.  Topics :last_img read more

A perfect post war home for two

first_imgREAL ESTATE: 31 Barton St, Everton ParkWhen Louise and Arthur Maudlin bought 31 Barton St in 2010, they instantly fell in love with its post-war charm.“There were just so many things we adored about the house,” Mrs Maudlin said.“It has heart and so much character.“When you walk through the entrance, there’s such a welcoming feeling.”Sitting on a 607sq m block, the three-bedroom house features high ceilings, timber floors and a deck that overlooks a lush garden. The garden at 31 Barton St, Everton Park.The large dining room seats eight comfortably.“Friends and family always remark on the size of this room,” Mrs Maudlin said.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Since purchasing the property, the couple have made only small changes to the interior.“We updated the kitchen, but kept the original cabinetry. We love old homes, and felt it was important to honour the era,” Mrs Maudlin said. Inside 31 Barton St, Everton Park.Mrs Maudlin said the new owners would love the established garden area. “It’s peaceful and so quiet out there, you forget you’re in the middle of a busy suburb,” she said.“The house is close to transport, Teralba Park and shops and yet, inside the garden it’s just so relaxing and tranquil.“You have this wonderful little sanctuary in the middle of a bustling suburb all to your own where you can escape.” Mrs Maudlin said those who appreciated an older-style, character home and outdoor living would enjoy the property.center_img Inside 31 Barton St, Everton Park.Mrs Maudlin said her favourite room was their bedroom, which has French doors that lead to the deck. “I’d sit in bed with a cup of tea and watch the morning sun over the garden. It’s my own little oasis,” she said.last_img read more

North Ward a family paradise

first_img21 Cook St, North WardA TROPICAL paradise perfect for families and located in on of Townsville’s most popular suburbs will be sold under the hammer.21 Cook St, North Ward has four bedrooms, two bathroom, two car spaces and a swimming pool on a 506 sqm corner block.It will be sold at auction on November 24 on-site at 10.30am.M Property Townsville selling agents Tracey Stack and Emma Nancarrow said “The owners have done so much work to this house and it really has a tropical feel with a beautiful resort-style swimming pool,” they said.“There is a huge rear deck and another area downstairs and you walk out on to a tiled patio and then the pool is right in front of you.“For families there is the option of dual occupancy and it’s a good house for teenagers because they can have their own area.”The house has open plan living over two levels which then leads to the outdoor entertaining areas. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 202021 Cook St, North WardThe top floor has polishes timber floors while there’s tile don the ground floor.All bedrooms have built-in bedroom while the master has walk-in wardrobe.Entry to the property is through a motorised gate while the double lockup garage has remote access and a shaded driveway provides room for two extra vehicles.There is also a separate storeroom with built-in workshop and a garden shed.Ms Stack and Ms Nancarrow said the house was in a highly desirable location.“You’ve got Strand Park at the of the street, beach side walkway and it’s in walking distance to Gregory St where there are cafes and restaurants,” they said.“North Ward is always popular but at the moment it seems to be everyone’s first choice.“We always get great numbers t open homes in North Ward and they sell fairly quickly.”21 Cook St will be open for inspection on Wednesday and Thursday from 5.30pm to 6pm.For more information call Tracey Stack on 0437 434 056 or Emma Nancarrow on 0418 773 987.last_img read more

Harete Hipango: Cannabis decriminalisation safer option to legalisation

first_imgNZ Herald 4 March 2020Family First Comment: Excellent commentary by National MP Harete Hipango…“This is the reality of the people and communities I have worked amidst throughout my almost 30 years in criminal, family, youth, child welfare and mental health law. Do I have a bias? Most definitely.Cannabis addiction is a pre-cursor to ongoing and intensified harm, domestic and social problems, family violence, intra and inter-familial issues, mental health afflictions and inter-generational cyclical manifestations.”The Whanganui Science Forum organised a public meeting last Tuesday as an opportunity to share views with the public – views from divergent speakers and contexts on the potentially soon to be smokin’ and hot topic of cannabis.As the election approaches, so too does the referendum, where voters will be asked whether or not they support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill.There are two things worth pointing out – one, this bill (and debate) is different from the Medicinal Cannabis Bill which was passed into law last December, and two, decriminalising and legalising are two very different issues with their own implications.I support decriminalising – in other words, users/consumers of small amounts of cannabis for personal use are exempt from criminal conviction, which has enduring consequences for many.I am yet to be persuaded by and convinced of a robust and plausible argument in favour of the legalisation of recreational cannabis.Cannabis is used by people from all socio-economic backgrounds, and while some consume it for “recreation”, others become dependent on and captive to it.The “recreational” users – those who use for leisure and temporary sensory pleasure (often associated with higher socio-economic classes and/or “white privilege”), are not the same type of users as those most prone or predisposed to addiction – the need/desire to escape reality of economic and/or societal hardships and prejudice.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=12313388last_img read more