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first_imgThe Spalding County 4-H Mounted Drill Team earned the title of National 4-H Mounted Drill Team Champions at the Kentucky Bluegrass Blast competition held Nov. 19 in Lexington, Ky.The Georgia team competed against nine others from five states. The equestrian drill teams perform choreographed maneuvers to music. Drill teams entertain and show sportsmanship, horsemanship, teamwork and dedication. “It was wonderful show and the team rode the strongest drills in recent memory, complete with five first and one second place finish,” said Wade Hutcheson, University of Georgia Extension agent in Spalding County.Team members riding in Kentucky were Mollie Biles, Carly Nash, Anna Sizemore, Gayla Sizemore, Colter Chasteen, Ali Schortinghouse, Ashton Shelnutt and Annalysa Vaughn.Immediately after the team’s national win, team coach Cary Chasteen honored his word and shaved his 25-year-old mustache.In October, the team competed at the Alabama State Fair and placed first in Theme Quad, Freestyle 4-H, Freestyle Youth, Theme 4-H, and the class that determined the Alabama State Champion, Freestyle Open. This is the second Alabama State title the team has won. A second team from Spalding County, Southern Exposure, placed second in the Freestyle Open class.The Spalding County 4-H team also earned second place in Quad Open and Theme Open, third place in Quad Youth and Theme Youth and fifth place in Quad Youth. Team members riding in Alabama were Mary Margaret Nash, Carly Nash, Mollie Biles, Anna Sizemore, Gayla Sizemore, Colter Chasteen, Ali Schortinghouse, Annalyssa Vaughn, Hannah Hill and Morgan Riveria.For more information about the Spalding County 4-H Drill Team see their website at www.spaldingcounty4-Hdrillteam.com.last_img read more

Focus groups help Idaho Credit Union identify hyperlocal issues

first_imgAn intentional, strategic focus on the Hispanic member experience has become a top priority for Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU). The cooperative’s home state saw the Hispanic population increase by 17 percent from 2000 to 2010, and several of its 26 branches are located areas rich in Hispanic culture.Although the credit union has long worked to translate materials and hire bilingual personnel, there has not been a formal plan in place for actively engaging the Hispanic community and the credit union’s existing Hispanic members. Before developing that plan, however, Marketing Manager Michael Watson wanted to ensure the credit union did its homework.“There’s a lot of national research out there specific to the Hispanic consumer to which we could have turned,” said Watson. “Yet, we wanted results specific to our local markets. What may be true for most Hispanics may not be true for the Hispanics in eastern Idaho, for example. We needed to truly understand the unique needs specific to our community members.”To do so, Watson worked with Coopera to organize three focus groups, each set in a different area of the ICCU field of membership. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Study: Hong Kong gained little from flu-related school closure

first_imgSep 12, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Public health officials in Hong Kong made headlines in March when they closed schools for 2 weeks to put a damper on an influenza epidemic, but a new report says the measure appears to have had little effect.Researchers from Hong Kong explored flu surveillance data gathered before, during, and after the outbreak that led to the school closure and reported their findings in an early online edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases.On Mar 12 after three children died, apparently from seasonal flu, Hong Kong’s government announced that all primary schools, special schools, kindergartens, and day nurseries would close for 2 week, the authors reported. The closure, which came a week before the start of the annual week-long Easter break, occurred during the peak of the area’s winter flu season.The closure was Hong Kong’s first since the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) epidemic of 2003, and it affected nearly 560,000 children, according to previous reports.As was true in much of the northern hemisphere, the circulating viruses in Hong Kong did not match well with the seasonal flu vaccine.According to the research group’s review of the surveillance data, the flu season was already waning when officials decided to close the schools. Their review of outpatient consultation data revealed that the 2008 winter flu season was moderately severe compared with the previous 9 years.The authors found that routine surveillance did not show a large effect from the school closures. They concluded that epidemic curves based on the surveillance data showed that a decline in flu cases after the school closure might have occurred even without any intervention, though they warned that changes in an epidemic curve may lag behind changes in transmission dynamics, as had been shown for SARS.Their results should be interpreted cautiously, the researchers wrote. “In particular, influenza might have continued to circulate for a longer period had the school closures not been implemented.” The authors also acknowledged that other studies suggest school closures can mitigate flu epidemics.Public officials who decided to close the Hong Kong schools might not have known from the data they had that the flu season was moderate and might have already been declining naturally, the report says. Surveillance system improvements, particularly real-time or near real-time reporting, could help officials make more informed decisions, it adds.Jeffrey Duchin, MD, chief of communicable disease control for Seattle King County Public Health in Washington, told CIDRAP News that it isn’t surprising that the study didn’t detect a benefit from school closure late in a flu season. “After all, most persons in the community would have already been infected,” he said.Given the relative mildness of the season, indirect indicators of flu activity would have been less sensitive, he said, adding that it’s difficult to study the impact of school closures on transmission retrospectively, because schools typically close late in the flu season.”The cost-benefit of closing schools in seasonal epidemics that are not at the high end of the severity scale is probably low, and few if any close early [in the season],” Duchin said. Real-time surveillance might be especially important in more severe flu epidemics, in which officials would need to gauge the impact of school closure, he said.Cowling BJ, Lau EHY, Lam LH, et al. Effects of school closures, 2008 winter flu season, Hong Kong. Emerg Infect Dis 2008 Oct (early online release);14(10):[Full text]See also:Mar 13 CIDRAP News story “Flu prompts 2-week school closure in Hong Kong”last_img read more

Shocker: Tunisia Minister wants FIFA to ban FA

first_imgTunisia minister of sports Tarak Dhiab has made an official request to the World football governing body to place a ban on the country’s Football Federation.As a result, the shock news has sparked a row between the body and the ministry.No reasonNo reasons were given by the minister for the action he is seeking from fifa, and the news has sent shockwaves through the North African country.In a swift reaction, the FA has summoned an urgent meeting to be attended by members of the executive committee and representatives from the ministry of sports to examine the consequences of Dhiad’s demand.Fifa is yet to respond, however, the FA spokesperson Nabil Dabboussi says the minister’s action could lead to the suspension of Tunisian clubs participating in the Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup. Tunisia will play Cameroon in the 2014 World Cup qualifier playoff.last_img read more

Overtime: Spurs will win West and upset Heat for title…say what!?!

first_imgLil’Wayne walks past Warriors bench during playoffs. (AP Photo/Eric Gay):10 Just so you know, cause I know it got by ya, there’s a great long standing church on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Shetland Avenue in East Liberty, Sixth Mt. Zion Baptist Church, celebrating 115 years of glory. My grandfather was there for 93 of them 115 and my family is still rooted there. Not only is the church celebrating 115 glorious years of  service to the Pittsburgh community, but they have been blessed with a new minister. Welcome home to the good Rev. W. David Lee, and he can preach ya’ll!Now listen to me on this one. If you grew up there, go back there. If you been away for a little while, come back the church doors are open. And if you’ve never been there or you’re looking for a place to go to praise his name, Sixth Mt. Zion is waiting for you, and that you can take to the bank…God can cash that check!:9 All that said, them boys, Golden State, is giving San Antonio all they can handle. They won’t win the West, but they’re in the fight. Still on record, the Spurs win the West and upset “The Heat” for the title…say what!?!:8 The Pens beat the Islanders in the first round to advance in the NHL playoffs. That’s all I got. I don’t know who they play next…that’s all I know…oh please, that’s all you know too!:7 Your Pittsburgh Pirates took three out of four from the Mets this past weekend.  Granted the Mets are not about to win the World Series, but it all counts towards winning and  finishing above “500” for the first time in forever!:6 How good is Floyd Mayweather? He’s the richest boxer in history!:5 There is no question that Mark Jackson, the coach of the NBA Golden State Warriors, is one of the greatest guards to play in the NBA.  In fact, still one of the top five assist leaders of all time. And it goes without saying that he has seen and played with and against some of the greatest of all time.  And so that you know…that I know…he was     trying to motivate his backcourt combo of Curry and Jack to be the best they can be, but to suggest they’re the best tandom to ever lace up a pair of sneakers would make him “outside his mind” and here’s a few people that would agree with me—“Magic” and Norm Nixon, “Magic” & Byron Scott, Michael and Scottie, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor, Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe…wait, wait, wait…does Cousy and Jones ring a bell, do you not remember Isiah and Dumars and as much as I hate to give it up, is he not aware of the boys down south uh…uh…uh…LeBron and Wade.  Mark Jackson c’mon man!!!:4 Sergio Garcia said Tiger pulled his club out of his bag on purpose when he was about to swing so the crowd would make noise and that caused him to bogey the hole. What?  Sergio, shut up mmmaaannn!!!:3 The Champions Association/Champion Enterprises, now celebrating “38” years of  dedicated community service and here’s what we need…volunteers, grant writers,     coaches and anybody that wants to help us help save the lives of our young people.  Just call us.  412-628-4856.:2 Speaking of champions…and I was, the 38th Annual Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League—Youth Development Division, we are now accepting 14 and under middle school boys’ teams for the league starting June 15. Call the Champions now.  Only four team spots are open.  412-628-4856.:1 I keep telling ya how much fun you can have at The Savoy, but I never had more fun than I did last week. Ya’ll know they’re the best wings in town. Well, at least me and LaTonia think they are. But noooooo not Miss Stephanie. She thinks her wings are the best. Well, we know better. And I told “Chef Kevin” to take her Savoy “eatin’ card.” Let her go home and be a “connoisseur”over her own wings. I ain’t scared of Stephanie, even if she is packin’!):00 Double Overtime:See, I told you everybody should be concerned about O.J. Apparently somebody cares because he’s going to get a new trial. I’m just sayin’!:000 Triple OvertimeThe next and best Harlem Nights Old School Par-tay is coming Friday, May 31–3 Lakes Golf Course–8-1 p.m.–the line dance master Roland Ford will be there—music by the legendary Sly Jock—free parking—cash bar—cash kitchen till 11 p.m.—50/50—best dressed man and woman—cash prize—The Corvette Club and their cars will be out on display and yes—this is the big one to kick off Memorial weekend and the summer—we need ya’ll on this one.  It raises money for the 38th Annual Connie Hawkins Youth Development Summer Basketball League. Starting June 15 at the Penn Hills YMCA—come out and meet former world heavyweight kickboxing champion Jacquet Bazemore and light heavyweight champion Rayco “War” Saunders as he gets ready for his title fight—and,the Spring Cabaret brought to you by “Happy Feelings” and my man former Penn Hills football star, Kenny Lewis, Saturday, May 18, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.—The Moose Lodge, 120 51st Street in Lawrenceville. Call 412-512-9873 for info. BYOB  well…say what!?!~ GAME  OVER ~  Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hllast_img read more

How strong is a wing?

first_imgThe wing is put through two lifetimes of structural stress before it is tested to 150 per cent of its design load. It must pass this test to be certified. The size and weight of aircraft engines often concerns passengers. In fact, the engines mounted on the wing as on the 747 and A380, actually helps counteract the upward force of lift on the wing. Conversely, when engines are placed at the rear of the aircraft, its wings must be further strengthened. In 1932, while aircraft design had advanced considerably, structural testing had not, so Douglas Aircraft was forced to use a steamroller driven across the wing to test the structural integrity of its DC-1 wing. The DC-1 was the forerunner of the famous DC-3 that taught the world to fly.Testing today All manufacturers have to prove that the wing structure can carry the maximum design load in the most extreme conditions over the life of the aircraft. Hundreds of hydraulic actuators apply stress to the aircraft’s wing and there are thousands of gauges to measure the effect of the stress. A pylon, that attaches the engine to the wing is immensely strong and has survived exhaustive testing. So rest easy, the wing and engines are designed to bend and twist!!center_img When French flying boat builder Rohrbach-Romar wanted to test the wing integrity of its flying boat in 1928, there were no such things as test rigs and computer modeling, so a couple of hundred production workers standing on the wings had to suffice. Wing mounted engines Early testing of wingslast_img read more

Rockets’ Chris Paul expected to return Thursday vs Suns

first_imgMOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:491.8M visitors expected at Manila North Cemetery for ‘Undas’ 201901:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Blatche finally headed to Manila for Gilas duties, apologizes for delay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 D’Antoni says: “He’s ready to go.”The Rockets have played well despite his absence, with James Harden leading the Rockets to an 11-4 record, second in the Western Conference behind the Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 32-year-old Paul will play restricted minutes as he eases his way back, but D’Antoni wouldn’t say exactly how many minutes that would be.Paul says he still has a way to go, but he’s excited to be nearing his return. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul chases a basketball amid lighting and fog machines while he takes part in a promotional video shoot during an NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON — Chris Paul is expected to return for the Houston Rockets on Thursday night after missing all but one game this season with a bruised left knee.The point guard, who is in his first year with the Rockets after a trade from the Clippers, returned to practice on Wednesday. Coach Mike D’Antoni says the plan is for him to start on Thursday when Houston visits the Phoenix Suns.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Sue Bird enjoying time in Denver Nuggets role, still wants to play

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ A native of New York, Bird played for Connecticut and helped the Huskies to two NCAA championships. She was taken by Seattle with the No. 1 pick in the 2002 WNBA draft.Since then, she’s become one of the league’s most decorated players.And now, she’s becoming part of a growing community of women in the NBA. Kristi Toliver was added to Washington’s staff of assistant coaches, and Chasity Melvin became an assistant coach with Charlotte’s G League affiliate in Greensboro, North Carolina. There are also trailblazers such as San Antonio assistant Becky Hammon, former Sacramento assistant Nancy Lieberman, Dallas assistant Jenny Boucek, Clippers G League assistant Natalie Nakase and Memphis analyst Nicki Gross.“There’s something nice about being part of a trailblazing group,” Bird said. “It’s hard to look at myself that way because I look at Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoops and Rebecca Lobo and Dawn Staley in that way. … I know in 20 years I’ll be looked at as part of that group I just named.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Bird has spent the last month with the Nuggets, hitting the road to help out with some scouting. The 38-year-old is receiving a first-class education in another side of the game and it gives her something to ponder down the road.That is, when she’s shot her last jumper. The basketball fire still burns after wrapping up her 16th WNBA season with a championship in September.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I’m a player. I’m still focused on my playing career. I want to get the most out of that as possible,” Bird said Sunday night before the Nuggets hosted Toronto. “Whether I retire tomorrow or in 20 years, I just want to get as much out as I can. But with that I have an understanding that basketball’s not forever. At some point you’ve got to find something else, find your way, and that’s what’s so great about this. Hopefully with this process I can find out if I’m any good at this, if this is for me, and see what happens.”Bird was brought on board through a conversation with Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly. He basically asked: What does she want to do when she’s done? MOST READ LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion John Wall leads Wizards past Lakers Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I always thought front office work, being with the team day in and day out, that was something I wasn’t going to get to until I was done,” Bird said. “When he put it in a way I could do both it became extremely attractive.”Admittedly, the learning curve has been steep.“It’s a lot of players. It’s a lot of teams,” said Bird, who’s helped the Storm to three titles. “There’s a lot of history that I’m stepping into now and having to learn about. The one thing you learn is when you can step out your comfort zone and be uncomfortable you see what you’re made of and who you are.”Bird’s quickly gotten up to speed in her role as a scout. Then again, the Nuggets expected nothing less as they’re off to a sizzling start.“She’s been an asset,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “Anybody who has a resume Sue has is going to help any organization.”ADVERTISEMENT Sue Bird jokes with reporters as she talks about her new role as basketball operations assistant for the Denver Nuggets before an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Sue Bird, basketball operations associate for the Denver Nuggets. The title has a nice ring to it.Sue Bird, point guard for the Seattle Storm. Now that’s a title she’s not quite ready to give up.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

McManaman Van Dijk Salah injuries could derail Liverpools title hopes

first_imgLiverpool legend Steve McManaman believes their Premier League title hopes could be left in jeopardy if Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah got injuredThe Reds now lead by nine points from Tottenham, who lost 3-1 to Wolves, following Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal.Defending champions Manchester City are a further point behind in third, albeit with a game in hand against Southampton later today.Pep Guardiola’s side have endured a difficult month with injuries to some key players along with three defeats in their last four matches.And McManaman fears that Liverpool may find themselves in a similar struggle if they were to lose some of their own key men.“If Liverpool get a bad injury to Van Dijk or to Salah, at the same time, your thoughts start to change,” McManaman told BT Sport, via the Express.“Football is one of those things. When they say you have to take it game-by-game, that’s what you have to do. You have to hope everyone stays fit and the best team will win.“Of course Liverpool are absolutely flying at the moment but I’d still say Manchester City have got that little bit of an edge.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“They have got them at home next and they have won the league before.”The ex-Real Madrid midfielder is wary of placing too much expectation on the high-flying Reds.He added: “I don’t want to put too much pressure on Liverpool. Of course I want Liverpool to win the league, it goes without saying.“They are frightening at this moment but every year we pick out teams to win the elague, to not win the league, and you fall flat on your face three months later.“If it’s in April and they’ve got that much point difference, I’m quite happy to shout it from the rooftops but they’ve got a long way to go.”Although second-place Spurs don’t stand a chance due to their lack of squad depth.“No disrespect to Tottenham, I never thought they were in it,” said McManaman.“I always thought that their lack of depth in the squad would count against them.”last_img read more

Shocking video of alleged rape in Nassau street surfaces one arrested

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 18, 2017 – Nassau – An alarming set of videos are spreading on social media and Police are telling the public that they have a man in custody for the explicit scene in broad daylight where it appears a woman is being raped while laying unresponsive in the street.The vile act is being taped by others, said to be two males and on camera with his face showing from time to time is a third man actually having sex and then performing another sexual act in a different video, and most crudely and cruelly on the woman.  Police say the woman appears to be, ‘not in her right mind.’Magnetic Media is told the woman claims she did not know what happened and believes she was drugged.  Police are expected to make more arrests in the case.#MagneticMediaNews#allegedrapeinNassaustreets#allegedrapedtapedinNassau Related Items:#allegedrapedtapedinNassau, #allegedrapeinNassaustreets, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more