Jazz Workout Five Players Ahead Of Draft

first_imgMay 30, 2018 /Sports News – Local Jazz Workout Five Players Ahead Of Draft Tags: Basketball/Dayon Goodman/Kenneth Ogbe/NBA/NBA Draft/Ryan Richardson/Sedrick Barefield/Tyler Rawson/Utah Jazz Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  The Jazz hosted six more prospects for a workout ahead of the NBA Draft.Five of the six were local products with Utah guard Sedrick Barefield headlining the bunch.Utah forward Tyler Rawson, Kenneth Ogbe of Utah Valley University, Weber State guard Ryan Richardson, and Westminster College forward Dayon Goodman were also in attendance.Kameron Chatman was the only player without local ties to workout, he is a forward from the University of Detroit. Robert Lovelllast_img read more

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CFPB fines bank millions for overdraft infraction

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: David MorrisonThe CFPB fined the Birmingham, Ala., based Regions Bank $7.5 million for charging overdraft fees to customers who had not opted in and overdraft and insufficient funds fees on its deposit advance product even though it had said it would not.The $119 billion bank has roughly 1700 branches and 2000 ATMs in 16 states, the agency said. continue reading »last_img

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Imani razzles and dazzles their way to a surprising 4-1 start

first_imgKHARI HICKS, Imani Christian quarterback, threw 5 touchdown passes to lead the Saints to a 40-17 win over Carlynton. The Imani Christian Academy Saints have only been playing football for 2 years, and this is their first season in the WPIAL. The small East Hills High School wasn’t expected to win much this season, because of inexperience and low enrollment numbers—Imani has only 250 students in grades 1-12—many smaller Class A schools find themselves struggling to find enough bodies to fill the roster. But after losing their first game against Bishop Canevin the Saints went on a four game winning streak and are the quickest rising team in the WPIAL and a threat to win the title in years to come.“We are the Marines. We are the few, we are the Proud,” said Head coach Harvey Smith, Jr. “I have 25 quality football players and if we lose any of them I’m in trouble. Our skill positions are as good as anybody’s. I have 4 returning receivers from last year and my quarterback threw for over 2,000 yards in 7 games last year.”Members of the Youngstown State University football staff watched from the sideline Friday night as No. 8 Imani Saints (4-1) defeated host Carlynton Cougars (1-4) 40-17.“Youngstown was here to see our receiver Brendan Edwards and a few other players,” said Smith. “We have so many gifted receivers.”Edwards displayed his Division I speed when he blew past Cougars defenders on a skinny post for a 27 yard touchdown to put the Saints up 13-0.The Cougars cut the lead to 13-7 when quarterback “Fast” Freddie McKissick scored from 6 yards out.Edwards is a playmaker with a great sense of timing, and delivers in the clutch. He held onto an 8 yard laser from quarterback Khari Hicks to extend the lead to 20-7.Edwards third touchdown of the first half—which featured him lulling Carlynton’s secondary to sleep before darting to an unprotected area to make the 59 yard touchdown catch—extending Imani’s lead to 33-7 less than a minute before halftime.If it seemed like Khari Hicks knew exactly what the Cougars were doing during the game Friday, he most likely did—his tireless film study showed.“Hicks knows how to throw and understands my offense inside and out. He’s extremely smart young man who has a 3.8 grade point average. He is number 2 in his class,” said Smith. “It is easy to give him an extensive load because he understands what I’m giving him. He is being recruited by Ivy league schools.”Hicks for 309 yards and 5 touchdowns and his play is reminiscent of the backyard rival star of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. Hicks takes risks, scrambling and slipping defenders, often turning nothing into something.Edwards caught 10 passes for 153 yards and 3 touchdowns and Eric Scott had 6 catches for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns. Running back Ron Brown put the first points on the board when he bulldozed into the endzone from the 4 yard line.Clairton High School is currently on a 50-plus game winning streak and Imani ends the season against the Bears.The Saints didn’t simply enter the WPIAL for a participation medal—their sights are set on winning it all.“Our kids are not intimidated by Clairton,” said Smith. “Because many of them played against the Clairton kids in midget football and did well.”It is not far-fetched to believe that this first year team can create havoc and upset Clairton. Because when prayers go up; blessings come down on the Saints.last_img read more

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Take a Parenting Page from the Coach’s Book: Review, Reaffirm, Reassure

first_imgAs students enterthe second semester of the school year, this is indeed an opportunity forparents to schedule a “halftime” meeting with their child and provide meaningand context to their results. Such conversations help children evaluate theirown performance and assess their own level of dedication toward the overarchinggoal to do their very best. Over time, self-reflectivechildren become more resilient and optimistic about challenges, quickly learningthe value of honest and candid appraisal. This type of guided halftime talk hasan incremental impact, enabling children to rely on themselves more consistentlyand empowering them with more self-confidence. There is no better motivator thanfeeling in control of the strategies that lead to your own success. Lawrence Sykoff Lawrence S. Sykoff, Ed.D., is Headmaster Emeritus at Ranney School and president of LSS Consulting Group. Guideddiscussions about progress and performance also help children learn about thevalue of course corrections. Such advice can promote motivation and restoreself-esteem. However, if children internalize lack of progress or sub-optimalresults as personal failures, they can easily become discouraged. Parents, likegreat halftime coaches, can play a pivotal role at such junctures by focusingon new learning strategies, helping children actively process old patterns and,perhaps, adopt more effective ones.   Parents can trustthese three Rs to guide halftime conversations with their children as the newsemester is about to begin. ***Reassure*** – Parentalfaith paves the way for children to enjoy and experience significantachievement. While every child is different, parents who deeply believe in theextraordinary potential of their children will more than likely see them achievesustained levels of success. Reassurance that they can control their owndestiny brings them enormous comfort and satisfaction. Combining a reassuringattitude with high expectations – and delivered with compassion, creativity andpatience – mitigates against life’s inevitable tests and trials. Parents arenot supposed to always make life easier for their children. Instead, they oughtto interpret, reassure, oversee and modulate challenges. In this way, childrenlearn to lean toward new opportunities, becoming energized by the prospect of expandingtheir potential. ***Reaffirm*** – Thereis an old saying, “Identify your limitations and then ignore them.” It seemslogical to short-change possibility by believing too much in one’s weaknessesand not building greater confidence in one’s strengths. The truth is thatchildren are built for challenge and adaptation. Helping them internalize theirstrongest competencies counterbalances feelings of defeat with notions of genuinepossibility. Reaffirming qualities such as commitment, persistence and disciplinehelps children process minor setbacks in context. The qualities associated withsuccessful outcomes are likewise transferable to difficult and demanding tasks.It is not unusual to see a young, high-achieving violinist use the concentratedskills and energies required to master the instrument to generate success inacademic areas. The compensation factor is greatly enhanced when children knowwhat they do well. Parents sow the seeds of optimism when they consistentlyacknowledge and reaffirm their child’s innate gifts and talents. ***Review*** – Givinga child the opportunity to review the cycles of growth and stagnation putsprogress into an objective frame. This expanded perspective allows children tosee that we are not genetically prewired and that change is possible. Reviewingthe highlights of the last semester extracts and defines the growth points. Reviewingthe challenges and setbacks illuminates the areas needing new strategies and afresh lens. If parents remain optimistic, a child’s outlook will likely followsuit. Learning that occasional failure can be understood and ultimately conqueredis equivalent to planting the seeds of drive and persistence. This is when achild begins to harness his or her full potential. By Lawrence Sykoff Parents have anopportunity every new semester to set time aside to become a halftime coach. Theconsistency of such guidance and mentoring validates for them that there isalways an opportunity to do more, see more and become more. With such sustainedcommunications, parents can return to the sidelines during the game and watch theirchildren flourish with passion and faith in their talents on the field. In sports,halftime is generally reserved for review of the first half of the game. The coach’sdiscussion with the players often includes a wide-ranging analysis of the game thusfar, highlighting the opportunities, challenges, weaknesses, vulnerabilitiesand overall performance strategy. These brief coaching sessions are centered onoptimizing second-half performance. This article originally appeared in the Jan. 2, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Davie sinks Bruins in overtime to snap Leafs dry spell

first_imgThe best way for a struggling team to right the ship is to jump on the back of one of its leaders.Veteran Jordan Davie delivered in spades, scoring the winning goal in overtime to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 4-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Grand Forks Border Bruins Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.The victory, the second time this season Nelson has defeated Grand Forks in overtime, snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Heritage City franchise.The season series is now tied between the teams at 3-3.Davie, finishing the game with three points, scored the winning goal at 2:10 of the second overtime.Nelson played like a desperate team for most of the contest. After falling behind 3-0 to a Bruins team that had posted three straight wins over the Leafs, Nelson out shot the visitors 30-10 in the final 40 minutes to complete the comeback.Second period goals by Sam Weber, on the power play, and defeceman Dash Thompson, cut the margin to 3-2 after the 40 minutes of play.Levi Hulston tied the game early in the third period before Davie completed the rally during the extra period.Hulston and defenceman Cole Arcuri each had two points for Nelson.Former Leaf Tyler Fyfe, Logan Casavant and Trey Mason replied for Grand Forks which has lost three straight games.Patrick Ostermann, who has been playing great for Nelson in goal, registered the win between the pipes stopping 17 or 20 shots.Meanwhile Nikki Maclurzynski faced 40 shots in the Grand Forks nets.Nelson, climbing to within a point of third-place Grand Forks in Murdoch Division standings, will try to make it two straight before the Christmas break when the Leafs visit the Braves Wednesday night in Spokane.Next home game for Nelson is the annual New Years Eve game Thursday, December 31 against Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Game time is 2:30 p.m.last_img read more

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Athletics’ big hit knack disappears in first loss to New York Yankees

first_imgNEW YORK — That big hit the A’s couldn’t avoid on Friday night was elusive Saturday. The A’s went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, leaving 15 runners on base. Yet, the Yankees took 11 innings to beat the A’s, 4-3, on DJ LeMahieu’s first-pitch walk-off home run off Lou Trivino.“They ran some pretty good pitchers out there,” manager Bob Melvin said. “We left 15 on, that comes back to bite you at some point in time.”Despite the anemic RISP average, the A’s had a chance to pull out a …last_img read more

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Miss Africa 2016 calls on young people to build a better continent

first_img6 May 2016Rebecca Asamoah, the first Miss Africa Continent, has high hopes for the continent. She believes cooperation between her and the other contestants will help create a united Africa. One that can deliver a better life for all who call it home. Ghanaian Rebecca Asamoah is Miss Africa Continent 2016. Her prize was a grant to study business management at Monash University in Johannesburg. (Image: Facebook)Ghanaian Asamoah was crowned on Saturday 30 April in Johannesburg. Zambian Michelo Malambo was named first princess, and South Africa’s Jemimah Kandemiiri second princess.Asamoah wants each of the contestants to empower youth in their own countries. “There are a lot of things to be fixed in Africa — water, education, environmental issues,” she told the news agency AFP. “My main concern is the empowerment of youths . so we can work hand in hand and put our continent in the best place it should be.”“We are not divided”Asamoah says her aim is to unite the continent. “To say no to xenophobia, and also to alleviate most challenges Africa is facing under health, education, poverty and environment. These are things I am passionate about. I plan to help raise not only the flag of Ghana high, but that of the African continent at large.”The 24-year-old Asamoah told local news channel ANN7 that it was not our differences that mattered. Instead she emphasised that we have a collective responsibility to Africa. “It does not mean we are different people. We are not divided . We are each other’s keeper.”Asamoah said her two princesses would visit projects in Ghana that supported the aged and the combating of diseases such as malaria.“There is a place called Leila and Nabuli camp for the aged, up in the northern part of Ghana. There is this misconception about them, that they are alleged witches. So they have been neglected. No proper food, clothes, footwear and potable water. Under the Miss Ghana foundation we visit them every year to interact with them and also mentor them on personal hygiene before some donations are made to them. This year, by the grace of God, the borehole is under construction to create potable water for them.”The pageantThe Miss Africa Continent pageant is the brainchild of South African film producer Neo Mashishi, who said it was about uplifting young African women. To make the pageant African, the finalists walked barefoot on stage – in their traditional clothes. The swimwear category was dropped; instead, finalists wore a uniform of black T-shirts and shorts.Mashishi told AFP that they did this to go against the norm of Westernised pageants. “The way everything was done was African. We didn’t emulate anything from Miss Universe or Miss World. This is about Africa. We are selling Africa to the world, and we are proud to be African.”According to the Guardian, during the weeks running up to the event, the 12 finalists embarked on a series of pre-pageant activities such as showing off their culinary skills by cooking traditional meals from their home countries.Watch highlights of the pageant:Second princess, South Africa’s Jemimah Kandemiiri, is a law student at the University of Pretoria. She said the pageant taught her that the best gift to yourself is to be you. “With the pressure that comes from the modelling industry and the so called ‘need to be perfect,’ it will consume you.“I learned that we are all from different parts of Africa, very similar in almost everything, but we seldom expose that which makes us authentic. I always say, be you, no-one can do you better than you. When you’re yourself, you will attract things that are like you.”last_img read more

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Poor Data Quality can Undermine Business Intelligence

first_imgKeeping data up to date and fresh is a global problem.  How many times have you searched the internet to find the information in the top results to be out-dated?  The same problem plagues data managed in enterprises.A Data Warehousing Institute’s study estimated that $600 billion are lost each year in US businesses due to poor data quality.  The impact of poor data quality are many and include data reprocessing and loss of customers due to dissatisfaction.  Data quality can adversely affect the performance and efficiency of operational systems by undermining business intelligence.  Data is a strategic asset and if not properly treated can easily become outdated, inconsistent, orphaned or duplicated.Bad data can be the result of problems related to data entry or from just becoming stale.  Often data quality problems are introduced when systems are converted or integrated (such as during mergers and acquisition).Especially in the area of regulatory compliance, poor data quality can be a very costly proposition.  A new study from AIM Software finds that data quality is the biggest problem for companies trying to comply with regulatory compliance initiatitives like Sarbanes-Oxley and Basel II.  69% of companies are implementing risk management solutions for regulatory reasons.The AIM study of 1027 IT managers at financial services firms also found that 44% of companies are investing in “reference data management” systems over the next two years to improve data quality.Reference Data Management refers to management of data that resides in “master” tables.  It boils down to their not being a consistent business language in communicating data.  Multiple applications and sources of data, many coming from different domains, are frequently not coordinated well among business, process and technology groups.  There often is no single source of truth for reference data.last_img read more

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Drought-hit Maharashtra: The waterboy

first_imgOn a blazing afternoon, Rehan Qureshi, 11, sprints to the Mukundwadi railway station with two empty pots. He must board the 3.15 p.m. train to Aurangabad, 7 km away. He has never missed the train all summer. The wells and ponds at Mukundwadi in Maharashtra, where Rehan lives, have been dry since April. Rehan’s mother is a domestic help and his father a daily-wage labourer. It is Rehan’s duty to fetch water home from the Aurangabad railway station. Tankers visit the drought-hit Mukundwadi every five days, but they charge up to ₹100 for a drum of water, which is not even potable. Rehan has dropped out of school; he can afford to do this daily journey. On some days his younger brother and several friends also join him. The train ticket costs ₹20 up and down, expensive for Rehan’s family, but still cheaper than buying water.The train stops for about 40 minutes at Aurangabad; Rehan and his companions rush to fill their pots. The difficult part is carrying their full pots off the train at Mukundwadi — the Hyderabad-bound train stops only for a minute here. “Often, policemen shout at us and sometimes they empty our cans, but we have to take that risk,” Rehan says.Prakash Nagre, Rehan’s friend, nods in agreement. “Sometimes we fall and get hurt… Sometimes we carry back cans for other families in our neighbourhood.” “We have no other option,” says Rehan’s mother, Parveen Qureshi. A month ago, their fears came true when Rehan’s cousins Ayaan, 3, and Shoaib, 8, went missing. The train started moving even as their mother was helping them unload the water cans. The children are still missing.(Images and text by Emmanual Yogini)last_img read more

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Minister Shaw Urges Beverage Manufacturers to Cut Sugar Content

first_img “There has to be a willingness on the part of the producers of beverages to lead the way, set the examples. Don’t wait for the tax act to force you to do it. They need to start reducing the sugar contents even before fiscal measures are contemplated,” he added. He noted that the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that countries implement guidelines as it relates to the production of food and beverages in order to reduce the amount of sugar, and imposing taxes to encourage manufacturers to take the appropriate actions. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, is appealing to beverage manufacturers to lower the sugar content in their products or force the Government to take action. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, is appealing to beverage manufacturers to lower the sugar content in their products or force the Government to take action.He said they can either respond voluntarily “or we as a Government can respond to the needs of the country through appropriate policy prescriptions.”“There has to be a willingness on the part of the producers of beverages to lead the way, set the examples. Don’t wait for the tax act to force you to do it. They need to start reducing the sugar contents even before fiscal measures are contemplated,” he added.Minister Shaw was addressing a scientific symposium on fiscal measures to prevent obesity/non-communicable diseases (NCDs) organised by the University of Technology (UTech) on Thursday (January 11), at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.He said that the Government is concerned about the sugar content of products being marketed to children.He noted that the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that countries implement guidelines as it relates to the production of food and beverages in order to reduce the amount of sugar, and imposing taxes to encourage manufacturers to take the appropriate actions.The Minister pointed out that policy measures already being implemented by countries across the region are reducing the amount of sweet beverages provided to schoolchildren and, ultimately, having a positive impact on the social and economic fabric of such societies.Minister Shaw said that although several programmes have been initiated to reduce NCDs, a more aggressive stance is needed to get more partners to join the fight in reducing the lifestyle-related diseases.He argued that with Jamaica spending US$170 million annually on chronic diseases, the country must act so that more funds can be available for infrastructure improvement to health facilities and the upgrading of healthcare services.Urging action from beverage manufacturers, Mr. Shaw noted that they are armed with research about the “impact of your product on your consumers. We want you to be more responsible in what you include in these products.”He also urged consumers to “put themselves in informed positions to make healthy choices, because it is your health that is impacted.” Story Highlightslast_img read more

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