Weber State’s Iosua Opeta Selected for NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

first_imgJanuary 17, 2019 /Sports News – Local Weber State’s Iosua Opeta Selected for NFLPA Collegiate Bowl FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Thursday, offensive lineman Iosua Opeta, formerly of Weber State football was selected to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. All 32 NFL teams will be in attendance as well as nearly 200 scouts, player personnel staff, general managers and head coaches. This postseason all-star game is in its eighth year of existence and features some of the best seniors in college football. Tags: Iosua Opeta/Mike Tice/NFLPA Collegiate Bowl/Rose Bowl/Weber State Football Opeta was part of the winningest senior class in Weber State history and he graduated in December with a degree in human performance management. Written by The game will be played Saturday January 19 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Opeta will compete for the National Team coached by Mike Tice, a former head coach with the Minnesota Vikings. Opeta ended his Weber State career as a 2-time All-American and started each game over the course of his last three seasons for the Wildcats. Brad Jameslast_img read more

Auctions aren’t just for desperate people, says Pattinson

first_imgHome » News » Auctions news » Auctions aren’t just for desperate people, says Pattinson previous nextAuctions newsAuctions aren’t just for desperate people, says PattinsonAuction house also makes the claim that auctions are a more ‘secure’ way of selling in today’s market.Sheila Manchester2nd September 20190349 Views As some estate agents worry about dwindling sales, the UK’s best property auction rooms are shifting the bricks as buyers and sellers show growing confidence and satisfaction in the auction room.Pattinson Auction achieved significant success at their latest live auction event on Wednesday 28th August 2019 due, they say, to the dedicated team of auction experts whose specialist knowledge helped achieve £10 million pounds worth of property being sold on behalf of their vendors.Pattinson says its track record dispels any misconceptions that may linger regarding selling by property auction. For some sellers, their initial reaction to auction is – “that’s only for desperate people” or “that’s only for run-down properties”.The company says times have changed and that auctions offer a secure method of selling a property, providing a platform for exposure whilst retaining control of the process – and with a whole host of properties on offer ranging from just £4,000 to £970,000, demonstrating that there’s something for everyone.“Online property auctions have become increasingly popular all over the UK by customers seeking the security and speed that selling by Auction provides, however, we have found that there’s still a place for the physical auction event as evidenced by the conversion of 87% of the 116 lots that were offered, resulting in buyers and vendors leaving the Auction room celebrating,” says Auction Director Justin Beckwith (left).“Buyers who couldn’t attend could submit bids on the phone to our auction experts,  generating a stimulating atmosphere to help vendors achieve the best price possible for their properties. Even better news is that with fall-through rates of less than 1%, we anticipate this upward trajectory to grow as we continue to expand.” Pattinson auctions September 2, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Outrage Over Conditions At Gary Schools Hits State Ed Board

first_imgParents and others angrily called out the State Board of Education at its meeting today in Gary. They say despite the state’s intervention in local schools students face unsafe buildings, leaky roofs and even lack toilet paper at one school.Parent LaRona Carter says students have been let down by elected state officials, various appointed boards and the companies hired with tax-dollars to manage the schools. Nine other parents and community members echoed Carter during public comments.“When a takeover happens, that means I am going to do a better job than when you had it,” Carter told the board. “We are not seeing that.”Tony Walker, a state board member from Gary, shared Carter’s concerns. Walker said he was troubled during a visit to schools Tuesday with Katie Jenner, Gov. Eric Holcomb’s senior education advisor. Walker says they saw “no fewer than 10 leaks” and mold in the library of the Westside Leadership Academy.“It calls into question the state intervention in the city of Gary is, in fact, making it better,” Walker said. “Some great things are going on and I don’t want it to seem like this is a failed mission, but we do have some concerns here locally about the state engagement in Gary.”Earlier this year millions of dollars in maintenance needs at Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy forced the school to no longer hold classes. Roosevelt students are now getting instruction at the Gary Area Career Center.Walker described seeing students taught in “basically a garage” during his Tuesday visit.“This is their school for the foreseeable future because their other building is uninhabitable for the foreseeable future,” Walker said, later adding: “It’s a disgrace, actually. We took over that school and since our involvement in that school, it’s landed to now where kids go to school in a garage.”The temperature was hot in the uncontrolled garage this week, Walker said, and winter will soon come.Roosevelt Superintendent Marshall Emerson and Principal Joshua Batchelor agreed with Walker that the career center is not appropriate for learning.In 2017 state lawmakers approved the takeover of the entire Gary Community School District due to massive debt. The state gave MGT Consulting Group, based in Tallahassee, Fla., a $6.2 million contract to serve as Gary’s emergency manager.The district is overseen by the state’s Distressed Unit Appeal Board.The company has since earned bonus payments connected to cutting debt and other improvements. The emergency manager has previously reported an ongoing deficit-reduction plan could erase around $20 million in annual debt.In 2012 the state took over Roosevelt High School for academic failure. The school was severed from the Gary Community School District and New Jersey-based Edison Learning was given a contract to operate the school. In 2017, the company signed a joint operating agreement with Gary Schools.Board member David Freitas told Ron Sandlin, the board’s senior director of school performance, to propose three plans to fix the Roosevelt issue at the November meeting.Peter Morikis, the Gary Schools emergency manager, did not attend Wednesday’s meeting. In a statement, he said the current administration is “committed to not only turning our schools around academically but creating a culture of excellence in all that we do.”Morikis said improvements were made at West Side Leadership Academy  before the start of the 2019-20 school year.“The library is open and operable with a small area in need of restoration. We are aware of the need for roof maintenance and are working to identify the most financially responsible and feasible approach for repair,” he said.The State Board of Education’s next meeting is Nov. 6. ERIC WEDDLE  WFYI education reporter Outrage Over Conditions At Gary Schools Hits State Ed Boardcenter_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Frank Moore Cross

first_imgFrank Moore Cross, one of the premier biblical scholars of the past century, died on October 17, 2012, in Rochester, New York, at 91. Cross had held the Hancock Professorship of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages, Emeritus, the third oldest chair at the university and the oldest in its field in North America, teaching at Harvard from 1957-1992.The son and grandson of Protestant ministers, Cross was educated at Maryville College (BA, 1942), and at McCormick Theological Seminary (BD, 1946). His essay written during his senior year at McCormick on “The Priestly Tabernacle of Biblical Israel” won him a fellowship for doctoral study in biblical and ancient Near Eastern studies at Johns Hopkins. The judge of the competition was the renowned Hopkins ancient Near Eastern scholar William Foxwell Albright, who then became Cross’s mentor at Hopkins. For his doctorate, Cross worked closely with fellow student David Noel Freedman on two joint dissertation volumes – highly unusual, if not unique in the annals of humanistic scholarship. The first was Early Hebrew Orthography: A Study of the Epigraphic Evidence (published 1952). The second was Studies in Ancient Yahwistic Poetry (published 1964, 1975, 1996).Leaving Hopkins, where he had been a junior instructor, Cross taught at Wellesley College (1950-1951), and then his alma mater, McCormick Seminary (1951-1957). He came to Harvard in 1957, first as Associate Professor of Old Testament in the Divinity School, and then in 1958 as full professor in the Hancock chair, serving in this capacity in both the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the Divinity School.Cross had a broad and deep command of the Hebrew Bible and its multiple historical contexts and authored more than 300 publications in that diverse field. He was an expert in the interpretation of biblical literature, making lasting contributions to the understanding of biblical poetry, historical narrative, prophecy, and apocalyptic. He was also in the forefront of those investigating the history of ancient Israel, the matrix of the Hebrew Bible, and its relationships to the ancient Near Eastern cultures around it, especially those of its Canaanite neighbors. A third area was the ancient Semitic languages, particularly the West Semitic group, in which Cross achieved worldwide recognition as an epigrapher and palaeographer. Yet more, he was a major specialist in the textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible; his research yielded new and far-reaching conclusions as to how the biblical text was composed and transmitted. Perhaps most well-known was Cross’s scholarship on the DeadSea Scrolls. He was one of the core members of the original team of experts assembled in the Jordanian sector of Jerusalem in the early 1950s to piece together and decipher the often fragmentary Scrolls, and his numerous publications on them included an early and path- breaking synthesis of the Dead Sea Scroll community in its entirety, The Ancient Library of Qumran (1958-1995 in several editions). To the fields of mastery just described, one may add yet a secondary specialty: archaeology. Cross’s serious familiarity with it, including excavation experience in Israel, north Africa, and Sardinia, allowed him to use its results in his historical, exegetical, and linguistic work.From this wide-ranging scholarship several common features emerge. First, Cross was pre- eminently an historian, concerned to understand the phenomenon of ancient Israel and its immediate legacy in its wider Near Eastern and Mediterranean settings and to do so especially, but not exclusively, through its principal witness, the Hebrew Bible. When theological interests surfaced in Cross’s work, they were carefully tempered to the historical task he identified in the material at hand.Second, there was his ability to bring to bear on a particular problem an integrated range of skills, linguistic, literary, historical, archaeological, philosophical. Cross moved fluently between the painstaking examination of minute details and a vision of the larger issues and structures to which the details belonged.Throughout his work – and this is the third point – Cross was guided by an historian’s conviction that every phenomenon, institution, or idea has a pre-existing context from which it develops organically and sequentially, in certain patterned ways. This conviction, as Cross saw it, was particularly important in the study of ancient Israelite religion and the Hebrew Bible, in which, too often, claims for their sui generis character without attention to historical background can be found.As a final point, one cannot forget Cross’s skill at communication: the explanations were always lucid, if at times complex, and in a chiseled prose that could manage in a few pages what others would need many more to express.The features that characterized Cross’s scholarship also distinguished his teaching. His courses on the Hebrew Bible and ancient Israelite religion became staples for a broad range of students from beginners to more advanced. At the doctoral level students were put through the exacting rigors of biblical exegesis, Ugaritic, classical Hebrew linguistics, and West Semitic epigraphy. All told, in his three and half decades at Harvard, he was the primary director of over one hundred doctoral dissertations – a record probably unsurpassed internationally in his field. In all of this, Cross was never less than a demanding teacher, setting the bar high in terms of technical competence and broad, humanistic learning. He also had a remarkable knack for taking his students to the very frontiers of knowledge in the field, and imbuing them palpably with the excitement of standing at the brink of new discoveries. To be sure, Cross could at times appear formal, formidable, even fearsome, but beneath the austerity was a warm human being who followed his students’ careers long after they had graduated, and who loved hearing and telling good jokes.The honors that came to Cross from such a record of achievement were numerous. Among them: seven honorary doctorates, elections to several scholarly academies, the presidencies of several major professional organizations, and four volumes of studies dedicated to him. But most important in his eyes was the success of many of his students, who now hold senior academic positions around the world.Respectfully submitted,Paul D. HansonJon D. LevensonLawrence E. StagerPiotr SteinkellerPeter Machinist, Chairlast_img read more

VSAC Receives New Grants to Serve Disadvantaged Students

first_imgThe federal government has renewed two grants that enable the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. (VSAC) to help disadvantaged Vermonters prepare for education beyond high school. The grants normally run for four years, but a perfect score on one of its applications qualified VSAC for a five-year grant. The awards are:· $1.9 million over four years for the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) program, which serves adult students.· $2.2 million over five years for the Talent Search program, which serves students in grades 6 through 12.Both EOC and Talent Search are part of TRIO, so-called for three educational opportunity programs created in the 1960s as part of President Johnson’s War on Poverty. TRIO, now comprising five programs, serves students who are low-income and/or the first generation of their family to attend college. Services include career, college, and financial aid information and counseling; support for academic preparation and study skills; and assistance completing college and financial aid applications.VSAC also participates in the federal GEAR UP program, which was created in the 1990s to serve middle and high school students. VSAC’s most recent GEAR UP grant, for $8.4 million, was funded in 1999.The Vermont Department of Education recently credited VSAC’s Talent Search and GEAR UP staff with playing a role in successful efforts to increase the SAT scores of Vermont high school students.last_img read more

The realization of the project “Quality Management in the destination Golden Slavonia” begins

first_imgThe biggest contribution of the whole project will certainly have the tourist stakeholders, the subjects to whom the project will be individually dedicated. The goals of this project are an important segment for each stakeholder, namely: increasing the number of quality entities, increasing the number of guests, increasing revenue, increasing quality in the destination, increasing the quality of events, connecting stakeholders within the destination, creating an economy of experience, getting to know your destination brand Golden Slavonia. The “IQM Golden Slavonia” project monitors quality, measures growth and progress and implementation, publicly presents standards, monitors the challenges faced by stakeholders, respects access to responsible tourism, raises awareness of stakeholders in the destination about the importance of tourism and creates circumstances excellence, and partners receive a report at each stage of implementation. The Tourist Board of the City of Požega, the Tourist Board of the City of Lipik, the Tourist Board of the City of Pakrac, the Tourist Board of the City of Pleternica, the Tourist Board of the City of Kutjevo, the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Velika in cooperation with Feel IQM As part of the project, on Monday, October 7, in the Business Incubator in Požega, workshops were held for target groups of tourism entities who expressed great interest in the project, but also the need for this type of education and networking and willingness to work continuously. IQM is a systematic integrated quality management in the destination. The goal of the “IQM destination Golden Slavonia” is the harmonization of quality norms between stakeholders in the destination’s tourism, equalization of the quality of business of all participants and the encouragement of excellence. Prerequisites for implementing IQM in the destination are: a number of successful projects in the destination, which are the basis for creating standards in quality, quality communication and desire for progress in the destination among all levels of management, the existence of strategic development documents and interest in quality synergy in the destination.center_img Due to the fact that there are still interested entities for participation in this project, which did not apply, the application deadline has been extended until November 2, 2019. Such mutual synergy aims to achieve the extension of the season, raising the value and income and ultimately a satisfied guest and resident. Achieving this goal requires constant coordination, education, open mutual communication and measuring the quality of each individual segment, which ultimately represents the assessment of the entire destination. The project “IQM destination Golden Slavonia” will include entities whose work contributes to the development and quality of tourism (owners of accommodation facilities, caterers, family farms, attractions, travel agencies, souvenir shops, associations, etc.). Integral quality management is a model for the development of a tourist destination in Požega-Slavonia County called Golden Slavonia. The project coordinator is the director of the Tourist Board of the City of Požega, Silvija Podoljak, and all tourist boards in the Požega-Slavonia County participate in coordination with their entities. Source / photo: City of Požega; Požega-Slavonia County; IQM Destination;last_img read more

Amazon may buy robo-taxi startup Zoox: WSJ

first_imgAmazon and Zoox are in advanced negotiations of a deal that would value the startup at less than the US$3.2 billion it was estimated to be worth in a funding round two years ago, the Journal reported, citing unnamed people with knowledge of the matter.The take-over talks could yet break down, according to the report.Based in Foster City near San Francisco, Zoox was founded in 2014 with a mission to build a “fleet of fully autonomous, battery electric, zero-emission vehicles that are purpose-built and optimized for ridesharing in cities.”Zoox late last year targeted Las Vegas as a market for an “autonomous driving fleet and service” by vehicles that could be summoned using a smartphone app, according to its website.Topics : Amazon is in talks to buy robo-taxi startup Zoox, accelerating its efforts when it comes to self-driving vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.Alphabet, Uber, Tesla and major car makers have been investing in technology that eliminates the need for humans to navigate vehicles.Amazon has its own team in the race and is said to be pursuing the technology with an eye toward using it in trucks moving goods for the e-commerce colossus.last_img read more

UNHCR, NGO call for nations to step up in tackling refugee crisis

first_img“Acknowledging the growing expectations of the international community regarding the ongoing crisis, it also needs to be understood that the Bali process is not a silver bullet that will magically solve the problem once and for all,” Febrian said.“However, the Bali process has served as an important catalyst in enhancing coordinated policy, response and mutually beneficial cooperation to address the crisis”.Local NGOs such as Dompet Dhuafa have provided health care, food, shelter and psychological first aid for women and children refugees in Indonesia.“As an NGO, we try to fill the gap between policy and reality. We have alliances to collect resources and help the refugees,” Dompet Dhuafa general manager for advocacy Haryo Mojopahit said.According to Haryo, if the state is able to manage refugees, it can only help the local community to grow stronger.Yet, the issue of equitable burden sharing over the refugee issue has come into question with multilateralism and solidarity in cooperation being challenged with political reluctance.“In Southeast Asia, many countries have not signed the refugee conventions, but they have risen to the spirit of it,” UNHCR director for Asia and the Pacific Indrika Ratwatte said.“In that sense, the spirit transcends international law.”According to Indrika, there needs to be collective political willingness to use platforms like the Bali Process to turn ideas into action. He said he appreciated the efforts of developing countries like Indonesia that took on a larger role in dealing with refugee issues compared to their wealthier counterparts.The United States and European countries continue to be the largest donors in UNHCR programs. However, the agency has so far only received US$4.5 billion, 49 percent of the total $9.1 billion required for its global operations this year.The consequences of this funding gap are particularly devastating for developing countries hosting the majority of the world’s refugees.“Through this forum, I would ask the international community, particularly states and governments who sent letters to the government of Indonesia asking [for] assistance for refugees, to also show their contributions in managing the refugees, especially in [Southeast Asia],” the ministry’s human rights and humanitarian affairs director, Achsanul Habib, said. Citing Indonesia as an example of a country that has seen success in handling the refugee crisis in Southeast Asia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and a non-state actor have called on the international community to take on a greater responsibility in dealing with refugee issues.In 2019, the UNHCR reported that the number of global refugees and asylum seekers had reached more than 30.3 million people. Today, 84 percent of the world’s refugees reside in low- and middle-income countries.As a transit country for migration, Indonesia has hosted a total of 13,657 registered refugees from 45 countries up until 2019, according to the UNHCR. In August and September alone, the Foreign Ministry reported that Indonesia received nearly 400 Rohingya refugees who drifted in from the Aceh Sea after fleeing the Rakhine state of Myanmar.Up until today, Indonesia has yet to sign the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol.“Indonesia as the nonparty to the convention has been going the extra mile to address refugee issues,” the Foreign Ministry’s multilateral cooperation director general, Febrian Alphyanto Ruddyard, said during the Jakpost Up Close webinar “Bridging the gap in refugee response in Southeast Asia” on Wednesday.Together with Australia, Indonesia initiated the Bali Process forum in 2002 to facilitate discussions and information-sharing about refugees, human trafficking and other transnational issues.center_img Topics :last_img read more

May, 2, 2018 Police Blotter

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SEI REMC planned outage today near Elrod

first_imgElrod, IN —Beginning today at 8:30 a.m,  Southeastern Indiana REMC will be taking the power down to change out a pole. This outage will affect members in the Elrod area (625 East, 200 North, and State Route 101). The work is expected to take 2 to 3 hours to complete.last_img