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Over 1,000 students, faculty march through Washington for ‘March for Life’

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Maria Gardner Notre Dame students march down Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. during the 2018 March for Life.The students were in Arlington, just across the Potomac from the nation’s capital, to participate in the 2018 March for Life.The event, which has been held every year since 1974, was launched to combat the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion.This year students sponsored by Notre Dame’s Right to Life Club packed into 19 chartered buses for a 12-hour overnight journey to Washington to participate.The journey was anything but easy, Dunbar said.“Our bus’ engine kept shutting off and losing power steering and we had to keep veering off to the side of the highway,” she said. “We were able to get everyone there and redistribute people onto busses with seats.”The “whirlwind” journey didn’t end there junior Maria Gardner said, as the students, faculty and staff arrived in Washington at 5:30 a.m., long before St. Agnes opened their doors for mass.“All 1,000 of us divided ourselves up and went to 16 different McDonald’s Restaurants in the area … and waited there for an hour or two,” she said.Once the students had congregated back at St. Agnes — one of three parishes in Arlington where students slept in sleeping bags during their nights away from Notre Dame — Jenkins said mass for all the students.Gardner said Jenkins’ homily, delivered just before students headed to the march, was particularly inspiring.“[Jenkins] said, ‘we march not only for a change of laws but a change of hearts,’” she said “ … to change people’s hearts and show the value each human should have, that was my main takeaway.”After mass, the students loaded back onto the buses to make their way to the National Mall where they joined hundreds of thousands of other pro-life activists to march towards the Supreme Court.Before the march began, the activists were addressed via a live-streamed video by President Trump and Vice President Pence and in person by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, all of whom threw their support behind the marchers.Junior Cliff Djajapranata said he found Ryan’s speech particularly compelling.“Ryan talked about how inspiring it was to see young people at the March for Life, which is something that really inspires me,” he said. “I think most young people are stereotypically pro-choice … I didn’t really grow up with friends that were pro-life … so seeing that youth and enthusiasm around the pro-life movement is something that inspires me everyday.” After the speeches, the crowds set off on their march. Djajapranata, who was attending the event for the first time, said he was amazed by the size of the crowds.“There was a little incline on the road and I remember looking back and you can’t see the end of the people,” he said.The ability to be around so many people holding similar beliefs was exciting for junior Matt Connell, the vice president of communications for Right to Life.“So many people realize in this movement that we’re not alone … fighting to promote a culture of life,” he said.Connell said he thought the march had a new energy this year thanks to recent legislative accomplishments by the pro-life movement.“The march, and the bringing together of so many pro-life people, encourages people when they are voting to keep in mind the issue of abortion and making sure they’re voting for pro-life candidates,” he said.For Gardener the event was successful not only because of its impact, but because of the happiness it brought all involved.“It’s just such a joyful experience,” she said. “Everyone is singing and dancing and just really celebrating life.”Tags: Father John Jenkins, March for Life, Right to Life, Washington DC Growing up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., junior Julia Dunbar had been to St. Agnes Parish in Arlington, Virginia, to compete in various sporting events throughout her childhood, but she had never seen it as filled as she did Friday morning when scores of Notre Dame students packed into the pews for a mass presided over by University President Fr. John Jenkins.“It was really loud and thunderous prayer in the church because there are 1,000 Notre Dame kids,” Dunbar said. “I think the mass was just a really beautiful way to start the day even if you were tired, it was actually recharging.”last_img read more

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Is your credit union focused on doing great work?

first_img 76SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Hudson Dr. Michael Hudson started his first business when he was just 7 years old…riding his bicycle from house to house selling greeting cards and holiday gifts. Since then he … Web: michaelhudson.com Details Across the past few months I’ve witnessed something very interesting. It started when I changed my thinking and made a decision to refocus my work. I encourage you to read the full story here, because I think it could impact your work as well.Re-Discovering the Desire to Do Great WorkBriefly, my decision was driven by one desire—to spend as much of my time as possible delivering great work for the people I served. That means using my talents in a way that allows me to impact the success of individuals and organizations I serve.When I made the commitment and did the underlying work to refocus my business, something started to change. It was subtle at first, but it has grown to be pervasive and the impacts are becoming more visible every day—not just in my business, but in the work my clients are doing on their own.You see, as I began to verbalize my desire to do great work, I started confirming with clients that they were committed to doing the same. And then the phrase began to pop up in the conversations about projects, planning sessions, and coaching programs.I soon found myself rethinking every action I was taking—subjecting it to my own great work test to confirm that I was focusing on doing what I do best, and engaging others in doing what they do best. And I started reminding my clients that the goal was not just to get it done, but to do it in a way that changed things for the future.If You Position It Correctly, Great Work Can and Will Be AchievedAnd then it was all brought home to me when I had the privilege of working with a client team on a new project. Here’s the story:A cross-functional team was convened for a three-day intensive workshop. The team members had been chosen intentionally and invited to attend the workshop, but given minimal information about the nature of the project (something that I would argue was a key step—they had no expectations and no chance to be swayed one way or the other about the chances for success).When they assembled the meeting was kicked off in an upbeat fashion and they were informed they had been ‘chosen’ to be part of a team that was going to be asked to lead a very special and important project (again the wording was important—being chosen is different than being nominated or assigned, and being part of a team was a key positioning phrase for the effort).Next the team learned about the scope of the project, the envisioned outcome, and the primary goal. They all heard the same presentation at the same time from the same person (there was no room for misinterpretation, and there was no personal/departmental spin or bias from the person sharing the information).Across the next three days the team engaged in doing the hard work of mapping the project and creating an action plan that they believed in and owned. Then they stepped out of their comfort zones and presented the plan to a team of leaders who were beyond impressed with the work that had been done.The lesson? If you position it correctly, great work can and will be achieved. It happens for a very simple reason: People will always live up to (or down to) the expectation that has been set for them.Here how can you use this lesson to increase your impact?Here are five questions you can ask yourself that might reveal opportunities where you can refocus and commit to doing great work. I encourage you to ask them, answer them, and then take action to lead those you engage with to doing truly great work. And I promise you will be both surprised and delighted with the changes it makes for you, your team, and your credit union.Does my team know that I am committed to doing great work and willing to make the difficult decisions to eliminate anything that stands in the way of us doing that?Do I speak about the work we are doing in a way that makes people see it as important, valuable, and necessary, or do they just think I want it to be done?When I convene a team to work on a project, do I set the bar high and make sure they know I believe they can and will produce great work?Do I believe in my people, know they can do great work, and get out of their way to let them do it?Am I coaching my team to perform at their best every day and recognizing and celebrating what they do right (or criticizing what they didn’t do well)?last_img read more

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7 ways to motivate your teams

first_imgNone of us would be where we are today if it weren’t for our teams – the employees who support and accomplish important daily tasks and help the organization achieve its overarching goals. We need our teams, so we should ensure they have what they need to function efficiently and smoothly.The Leadership Guy Peter Economy lists seven “super effective” ways to get our teams motivated in a recent Inc.com post. His list includes:Show people you work with how much you value them. Remember to thank your employees and teams.Create a welcoming workspace. Set up a collaborative and open-minded workplace.Encourage collaboration. Allow teammates to work together rather than always having to go through a supervisor.Don’t discourage happiness. Laughter and positive thinking are critical to “providing your workforce with stability and a sense of fulfillment,” Economy writes. continue reading » 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Mikel Arteta hails ‘courageous’ Shkodran Mustafi after Arsenal draw with Burnley

first_imgAdvertisement Aubameyang missed three big chances at Turf Moor (Picture: Getty)Arteta bizarrely questioned the length of the grass in the wake of Arsenal’s stalemate at Turf Moor.‘The conditions were difficult ‘The grass was long, they didn’t put any water on it,’ he said.‘Obviously, that’s not a very helpful thing to play football.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked whether he expected Burnley not to water the pitch, Arteta replied: ‘Absolutely. I didn’t water the pitch yesterday in the training ground.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I was expecting it but that doesn’t make it easier to play.‘But it’s their game, they do really well what they do. It’s their strength, you are allowed to do it, you have to adapt.‘We adapted well in some moments and in some others it wasn’t the grass it was the quality.‘What they do they do really well and we could not cope with that in the right way.’MORE: Ian Wright criticises Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s wayward finishing against Burnley Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was delighted with Shkodran Mustafi’s display against Burnley (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta was pleased with the ‘courageous’ performance Shkodran Mustafi produced in Arsenal’s goalless draw with Burnley following his costly mistake against Chelsea.Mustafi’s misplaced backpass directly led to David Luiz’s sending off at Stamford Bridge last month but Arteta has kept faith in the 27-year-old who has started the Gunners’ last two games versus Bournemouth and Burnley.The German’s Arsenal career has been defined by a series of calamitous errors and he was heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates last summer.However, Arteta is delighted with the way Mustafi has responded to his lastest blunder and felt the centre-back’s display at Turf Moor was one of the few positives for Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT The Germany international has bounced back well after his mistake versus Chelsea (Picture: Getty)‘Yeah, I said to him that he could make a mistake,’ the Spaniard said.‘But I like his reaction afterwards and the courage he had to play and make decisions.‘He’s been training really well and I think you could see today how good he was.’ Metro Sport ReporterSunday 2 Feb 2020 10:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kSharescenter_img Comment Mikel Arteta hails ‘courageous’ Shkodran Mustafi after Arsenal draw with Burnley Advertisementlast_img read more

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Actualización del panel de monitoreo de advertencia temprana de COVID-19 de Pennsylvania del 4 al 10 de septiembre

first_imgActualización del panel de monitoreo de advertencia temprana de COVID-19 de Pennsylvania del 4 al 10 de septiembre Español,  Press Release,  Public Health En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf y la Secretaria de Salud, Dra. Rachel Levine, publicaron una actualización de la situación semanal que detalla las medidas de mitigación del estado en base al Panel del sistema de monitoreo de advertencia temprana de COVID-19. Las actualizaciones se publican todos los lunes.La actualización incluye lo siguiente:El nivel de transmisión comunitaria como base para las recomendaciones para las escuelas de Pre-K a 12 para determinar los modelos de instrucción.Datos sobre casos entre niños de 5 a 18 años.Casos que informaron haber visitado un negocio entre las ubicaciones potenciales donde pueden haberse producido las exposiciones al virus.Actualización de las recomendaciones de viaje.El panel está diseñado para proporcionar signos tempranos de advertencia de los factores que afectan las medidas de mitigación del estado. La información disponible en el panel de monitoreo de advertencia temprana incluye las diferencias de casos semana a semana, las tasas de incidencia, el porcentaje de pruebas positivas y las tasas de las hospitalizaciones, del uso de respiradores y de las visitas a las salas de emergencias vinculadas a la COVID-19. La actualización de esta semana compara el período del 4 de septiembre al 10 de septiembre con los siete días anteriores, del 28 de agosto al 3 de septiembre.“Nuestro porcentaje de positividad aumentó significativamente esta semana, una señal de que este virus todavía afecta a los residentes de Pennsylvania”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Debemos continuar centrándonos en tomar medidas para protegernos a nosotros mismos y a los demás, como usar una máscara, practicar el distanciamiento social, lavarnos las manos y evitar grandes reuniones. Juntos, los habitantes de Pennsylvania pueden trabajar para prevenir la propagación del virus”.A partir del jueves, 10 de septiembre, el estado observó un aumento de 5,012 casos en el plazo de siete días; el aumento de los siete días previos fue de 5,502, lo que indica una disminución de 490 casos en todo el estado durante la semana pasada.El porcentaje de positividad en todo el estado subió al 4.2% desde el 4.0% de la semana anterior. Los condados con un porcentaje de positividad preocupante incluyen Columbia (13.4%), Indiana (10.7%), Juniata (10.3%), Centre (9.2%), York (7.4%), Fulton (6.7%), Armstrong (6.5%), Chester (6.5%), Butler (6.2%), Franklin (6.2%), Montour (6.2%), Beaver (5.7%), Clarion (5.5%), Mercer (5.4%), Dauphin (5.2%), Greene (5.1%) y Lycoming (5.1%). Cada uno de estos condados está siendo observado mientras el estado continúa monitoreando toda la información disponible.Transmisión comunitariaSegún los datos del viernes, los condados de Centre, Columbia, Indiana y Juniata estaban en el nivel sustancial con fuentes conocidas de brotes que alimentaba la transmisión comunitaria. Los departamentos de Educación y de Salud hablarán con los representantes del distrito escolar en cada condado para analizar las consecuencias de este nivel de transmisión.Con respecto a la semana que terminó el 10 de septiembre, 20 condados estaban en el nivel bajo de transmisión, 43 condados en el nivel moderado, y cuatro con un nivel sustancial de transmisión:Bajo: Bradford, Cameron, Carbon, Clarion, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Fulton, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Perry, Potter, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Venango, Warren, WyomingModerado: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Chester, Clearfield, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Huntingdon, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, YorkSustancial: Centre, Columbia, Indiana, JuniataCasos entre niños de 5 a 18 añosEl Departamento de Salud brinda datos semanales sobre el número de casos de COVID-19 en todo el estado entre niños de 5 a 18 años.Durante la pandemia, ha habido un total de 8,175 casos de COVID-19 entre jóvenes de 5 a 18 años. De ese total, 387 ocurrieron entre el 4 de septiembre y el 10 de septiembre. Para la semana del 28 de agosto al 3 de septiembre, hubo 486 casos de COVID entre los jóvenes de 5 a 18 años.Durante la pandemia, ha habido un total de 7,788 casos de COVID-19 entre niños de 5 a 18 años. De ese total, 486 casos se produjeron entre el 28 de agosto y el 3 de septiembre.Pueden encontrarse casos por demografía aquí.Visitas a negociosEl Departamento de Salud brinda información semanal sobre la cantidad de personas que dijeron a los investigadores de casos que pasaron tiempo en establecimientos comerciales (restaurantes, bares, gimnasios/centros de fitness, salones de belleza/barberías) y en reuniones masivas 14 días antes del inicio de los síntomas de COVID-19.De los 5,735 casos confirmados informados entre el 30 de agosto y el 5 de septiembre, el 37% (2,154) respondieron a la pregunta de si pasaron tiempo en un establecimiento comercial.De los que respondieron, el 13% (274 personas) respondieron que sí visitaron un establecimiento comercial 14 días antes de la aparición de los síntomas:el 51.5% (141) de los que dijeron que sí informaron haber ido a un restaurante;el 23% (64) de los que dijeron que sí informaron haber ido a algún otro establecimiento comercial;el 14% (38) de los que dijeron que sí informaron haber ido a un bar;el 14% (38) de los que dijeron que sí informaron haber ido a un gimnasio/centro de fitness, yel 8% (23) de los que dijeron que sí informaron haber ido a un salón de belleza/barbería.De los 5,735 casos confirmados, el 38% (2,176) de los casos respondieron a la pregunta de si asistieron a una reunión masiva o a otro evento grande. Del 38%, más del 12% (264) respondieron que sí asistieron a una reunión masiva u otro evento grande 14 días antes de la aparición de los síntomas.Respecto de los datos informados el 8 de septiembre, los datos de esta semana vieron un aumento de las personas que informaron haber visitado un bar (14 por ciento frente a 11 por ciento), a algún otro negocio (23 por ciento frente a 21 por ciento) y a un salón de belleza/barbería (8 por ciento frente a 7 por ciento). Los números se mantuvieron iguales para aquellos que informaron haber ido a un gimnasio / centro de fitness (14 por ciento frente a 14 por ciento). El número de personas que asistieron a una reunión masiva u otro gran evento se redujo ligeramente de casi el 13 por ciento al 12 por ciento.El 13 de julio, los rastreadores de contactos comenzaron a hacer preguntas más específicas sobre los tipos de negocios visitados y si las personas asistieron a una reunión masiva, definida como más de 250 personas al aire libre o más de 25 en un ambiente cerrado.Los números anteriores señalan a los entornos comerciales y a las reuniones masivas como posibles sitios de transmisión. Solo menos de la mitad de los encuestados a quienes se les preguntó qué tipos de negocios visitaron o si asistieron a una reunión masiva respondieron la pregunta. Por lo tanto, el departamento recuerda a los residentes de Pennsylvania que es esencial que las personas contesten el teléfono cuando los investigadores de casos llamen y que brinden información completa a estos profesionales clínicos.Recomendaciones de viajeTambién hoy, el Departamento de Salud actualizó sus recomendaciones de viaje, anunciadas originalmente el 2 de julio. Hawaii, North Carolina y Texas fueron eliminadas de la lista de los estados sobre los cuales se recomienda a los viajeros que realicen una cuarentena de 14 días al regresar a Pennsylvania.Es importante que las personas entiendan que esta recomendación está vigente para evitar la propagación de la COVID-19 en Pennsylvania. Un número preocupante de casos recientes se ha vinculado con los viajes, y si las personas van a viajar, necesitamos que tomen medidas para protegerse a ellas mismas, a sus seres queridos y a su comunidad, y eso implica la cuarentena.El Gobernador Wolf sigue priorizando la salud y la seguridad de todos los residentes de Pennsylvania a través de la pandemia de COVID-19. Los habitantes de Pennsylvania deben continuar tomando medidas para prevenir la propagación de la COVID-19, independientemente del condado en el que vivan. Esto incluye usar una máscara o cubierta facial cada vez que estén en público. Se ha demostrado que la COVID-19 se propaga fácilmente en el aire y los portadores contagiosos pueden ser asintomáticos.View this information in English. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img September 14, 2020last_img read more

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Dutch roundup: APF Bill, Social Affairs Ministry, annuity legislation

first_imgThe Dutch Parliament has approved the government’s Bill for the introduction of the APF pensions vehicle, designed to serve as an alternative for pension funds considering liquidation.The APF offers pension funds with various arrangements the ability to operate under a single, independent board, whilst keeping their assets ring-fenced.During the debate on the Bill, Parliament approved an amendment that will allow pension funds to place their basic plans and additional voluntary schemes into separate rings, for reasons of “fiscal hygiene”.MPs also supported an amendment that would allow the merger of participating schemes’ individual stakeholders groups into a single collective body. The APF is a third type of pension fund and is meant to replace the API – the defined benefit vehicle for cross-border schemes that never really took off.However, mandatory industry-wide pension funds are not yet allowed to exploit the APF option.Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for the Social Affairs Ministry, said she was still looking into the risks of market interference, “which would come at the expense of pension funds’ participants”. The APF proposals have been approved by all stakeholders, including regulators and the Dutch Pensions Federation.In other news, Klijnsma announced that she will soon be launching a scheme that enables participants in a defined contribution pension fund to buy annuities in two stages, starting with a two-year period at the date of retirement. The temporary measure is meant to address the one-off mandatory purchase of full annuities at retirement, which often leads to poor pensions when interest rates are low. However, Klijnsma warned that the decision was not “risk-free” and reminded MPs demanding a quick solution that a previous five-year measure that ended in 2014 produced lower pensions for the 100-odd retirees who used it.The temporary measure is to precede formal proposals earmarked for December.Helma Lodders, MP for the liberal party VVD, recently announced that she also plans to present an initiative to tackle the problem.last_img read more

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Rules to take to MLB games

first_imgAs if spring break wasn’t exciting enough with all the beaches, boats, bikinis and beer, this year’s edition also happened to be one of the most exhilarating in sports.The official start of baseball and golf’s unofficial opening weekend with the Masters gave collegiate sports fans plenty to watch on the couch while recovering from the previous night’s binge — in sweatpants with Aloe Vera and the headache medicine of choice close at hand, of course.And it was truly a magical sporting weekend.While anyone who has had the privilege of walking Augusta National during the Masters will tell you it is a unique and wonderful experience, the fact is that without A) connections that would make Al Capone jealous, B) a bankroll that has you spotting cash to Mark Cuban or C) having no problem with committing armed robbery, the chances of a person getting the opportunity to be in the gallery at the Masters are on par with the Insane Clown Posse winning a Nobel Peace Prize.That’s what makes baseball so great.There is something magical about attending a Major League Baseball game. Not magical in the David Copperfield or Amazing Jonathan sense of the word, but magical like taking a trip to Disney World (so long as you get a picture with Donald and Daisy Duck), except that it costs less.For a total of less than 40 bucks and some minimal transportation, you could’ve seen the entire home opening series if you were in Miami, Atlanta or Arlington, Texas. Heck, if you were around Tampa Bay, Fla., the Devil Rays probably would have paid you to attend.But just because you have a couple of Jacksons in your wallet doesn’t make you prepared to properly take in a MLB contest. Here are some rules to taking in a baseball game:A cap is required apparelMuch like wearing goofy sunglasses at a poker table or a fanny pack (if you’re a middle-aged mom) to a theme park, a baseball cap is an absolute must at the ballpark. First off, you should want one anyway, either to root for the home team, block out the sun, fan yourself off or in the case of emergency, use it as a glove for catching foul or home run balls.Secondly, the cap is as much a part of baseball as the spitball and adjusting one’s crotch protection, being a key part of the national anthem (“Please remove your caps…”) and the late-inning rally, as you can’t don the rally cap if you don’t have a cap to begin with.Don’t want to wear a cap for fear of ruining your hairdo? Two words: Oscar Gamble.Peanuts or Cracker Jacks are mandatoryIt’s in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and is thus mandatory. Plus they go well with certain beverages, which are also a key part of baseball, segueing perfectly into…Heckle like there’s no tomorrowNo matter where your seats are, it is unlikely any opposing player will really be able to hear anything you say. In truth, heckling is meant more for entertainment for all those fans within earshot of you, plus it’s fun.Getting a whole section to start slow-chanting Hideo Nomo’s name is more of a blast than throwing water balloons off a 20-story apartment building.Try to be creative: A good example would be accusing the portly Dmitri Young of eating the AFLAC trivia duck.This is where the cold beverages can really help out. Just remember the best zingers are delivered sans vulgarities, since there are likely a bunch of little kids around. Speaking of which…Don’t kick the kidsBaseball is great for a lot of reasons. It’s spectacular because it is such a conversational game, with plenty of time to talk between pitches. It’s leisurely, not needing the active fan noise and participation from fans at all times like football and basketball (heckling not included of course) and generally is pretty calming.All of this makes it really easy for children with attention spans shorter than Brad Lidge’s leash to become the most irritating aspect of any trip to the stadium.While punting a 4-year-old might seem like a good idea, in the end it will ruin your baseball journey more than it will help, what with the ejections, lawsuits and probable jail time involved.Instead, if a child around you is losing his focus and eating up your patience, suggest some things his dad might get him.Within a half-inning, that father and son combo will be gone, at least for the short-term.While these are all important rules to doing a baseball game right, there is one rule that must be followed above all others:Boo Barry Bonds.Dave McGrath is a senior majoring in English and journalism. He witnessed Miguel Cabrera, Dontrelle Willis and Co. dominate at Dolphin Stadium over spring break (much like they are doing to the Brewers Monday). If you have a rule you’d like to add, you can reach Dave at dmcgrath@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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No splitting time in net this year for goalie Vetter

first_imgTwo years removed from earning Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player honors and a year after winning her second consecutive national championship, University of Wisconsin goalie Jessie Vetter will finally carry the bulk of the load as the Badger net-minder this season, according to head coach Mark Johnson.”I think she’s in a position right now to carry the load a little bit here in the early part of the season,” Johnson said. “We’re going to ask her to do that.”As a freshman in the 2005-06 season, Vetter didn’t emerge as the top goalie until late in the season and last year she split time with senior Christine Dufour. Now though, only sophomore Alannah McCready, who got her first career start Saturday against Union, poses a threat to Vetter’s playing time.”She’s something that as a coach you feel very confident with, and she’s a big part of why we won two championships,” Johnson said of Vetter, an alternate captain. “She’s certainly going to be a big part of our success this year.”Vetter, in just two seasons as a Badger, has certainly played well enough to be trusted with the load. Last season while splitting time with Dufour, she recorded a laundry list of accolades including being named a first-team All-American, leading the nation in goals against average and posting the longest shutout streak in collegiate hockey history at 448 minutes and 32 seconds.Emily Morris provides leadership as captainThe loss of last season’s seniors, including Dufour, Sara Bauer and captain Bobbi-Jo Slusar, has left the Badgers waiting for a new group of leaders to emerge.”Obviously, some of the players we lost, not only on the ice, but away from the rink, were important to our success for a couple of years,” Johnson said. “But the fun part of our business too is to watch kids develop, watch them mature, watch them take leadership positions as they grow in their stature and as they become juniors and seniors.”Johnson feels confident that in this year’s captain, Emily Morris, a former linemate of Slusar, the team has a strong and capable leader. “With Emily Morris this year as our captain, I’m very confident that she’ll do a good job for us away from the rink and off the ice with our players,” Johnson said. “She comes from a hockey background. Not only is she a very nice kid, but she’s a good player for us. So that gives you a little bit of ease, but every year is different, who’s going to step forward, who’s going to be your leaders. That just takes time.”Morris, one of three seniors on the roster along with Jinelle Zaugg and Mikka Nordby, didn’t score last season, but tallied nine assists while helping to anchor one of the nation’s best defenses.Success won’t change approachIn unchartered territory as the reigning back-to-back national champions, Wisconsin will try and enter the season with the same mindset that has served the team so well the past two seasons.”The approach is no different than it is any other year, the goal is certainly the same,” Johnson said.So far the approach has worked well as the Badgers notched 5-0 and 11-0 wins in the season’s opening series.”The things we talked about this past weekend with a young team is trying to create work habits, establishing those work habits early in the season, and then that ability to compete every night,” Johnson said. “If we don’t compete every night, the way the parity has come within our league the last couple of years, you’re not going to win. So you have to compete hard, irrelevant of who you’re playing.”That’s not to say that the Badgers aren’t aware of the challenges that success brings.”From a coaching standpoint, the bull’s-eye last year was certainly on the chest,” Johnson said. “Now I think it’s on the back too, so they’ve got it coming from both sides.”last_img read more

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Wellington girls and boys have tough outings in Augusta

first_imgOathout. 1-3 1R 1BBAdams. 1-2 1BB 1SACBuck. 1-4 1SBE Goodrum. 1-4B Dejarnett 0-2 1BBZimmerman 0-2 1RBIA Goodrum 1-2 1R 1SBM Fink. 0-2 1SACLewellen. 0-2 1BBG Fink. 0-0 1SB Oathout.    1-3 1RAdams.    1-3Buck.    2-3 1R 1DBLE Goodrum.    0-1 2BBB Dejarnett.    2-3 1RZimmerman.    0-3A Goodrum.    0-1 1R 1SBM Fink.    1-2 2RBIG Fink.    0-2•••••In baseball, Augusta would build a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning of game one and held a 5-1 advantage after three and 7-1 advantage after four en route to a 7-2 win. The Orioles had seven hits while the Dukes had five. Wellington committed one error for the contest.Game two was very promising for the Dukes. The Crusaders opened with a 2-1 first inning lead and was in front 5-1 at the top of the third. But then Augusta would rip off nine runs in the bottom of the third to take a 10-5 lead.The Dukes could not recover thereafter.Adam Condit was the losing pitcher in game one while Jace Lowe was the losing pitcher in game two.The Crusader teams will now host Mulvane Thursday. The girls start at 4:30 p.m. at Worden Park while the boys play at 4 p.m. 1  2  3  4  5  6  7       R   H   EWHS        0  0  1  0  1  0  0       2   5   1AHS         3  0  2  2  0  0  x       7   7   0 W – Saldana   L – Lowe.Follow us on Twitter. W – Bevan    L – Condit   HR – Allbright AUG WP BeckerLP E Goodrum 3I 14H 13R 10ER 3BBHain 1I 4H 4R 4ER 1  2  3  4  5  6  7       R   H   EWHS       2  0  3  0  0  1  0       6   7   1AHS        1  0  9  0  0  1  x      11  12  0 WP HayesLP M Lewellen 6I 6H 6R 4ER 4BB 4K by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys baseball and girls softball teams got off to a slow start Monday evening in Augusta – both getting swept.But in the Crusader teams defense, they were playing against some of the toughest teams they will see all season.The Wellington girls lost 6-2 and 16-4. The Wellington boys lost 7-2 and 11-6. In the first girls softball game, Wellington led off with a run when McKenna Oathout crossed home plate in the top of the first. But Augusta, which won the state championship in 2014 and brought back about everyone, would score two runs in the bottom of the first, second and third. Wellington wouldn’t score again until the top of the fourth when Abby Goodrum scored. Madi Lewellen was the losing pitcher for the Crusaders, allowing six hits. Jade Dry is out with a concussion due to a car wreck on Mill Street a couple weeks ago.Wellington had five hits and one error.In the nightcap, the Crusaders got off to a promising start leading 3-2 in the after 2 1/2 innings, thanks in part by a 2RBI hit by Maggie Fink.But then Augusta would rip open six runs in the third and eight runs in the fourth to lose by run rule.Erin Goodrum allowed 14 hits, three walks and 10 earned runs. Morgan Hain came in relief in the fourth and allowed four hits and four earned runs. Augusta had 18 hits for the game. Wellington had seven.WHS.    1 0 0 1 0 0 0.    2 5 1AHS.     2 2 2 0 0 0 x.    6 6 0 WHS.    1 2 0 0 1.    4 7 1AHS.     2 0 6 8 x.   16 18 2 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Is It True that Even Some Government Workers Don’t Want Development?

first_imgGiven the experiences of many in our country, the answer to that question is strongly in the affirmation, meaning, yes.Remember how the President had to fire the top management at the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation little over two years ago?  Why? The main water supply in White Plains, Montserrado County, was left without electricity and the city was without water for weeks.  Yet, some LWSC staff members were selling their own water from trucks roaming the streets of Monrovia!  How corrupt and unpatriotic can one be!Depriving their own people of water that these officials were paid to supply, not with their own equipment and resources, but those bought by government with hard earned taxpayers’ money.The President was thankfully DECISIVE in moving against these heartless and unscrupulous recreants and replacing them with honest, committed and well-meaning people.But what caused us to make this woeful recollection? A not-too-different situation is pertaining at another critical parastatal–the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).  Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo recently issued a stern warning to LEC workers, who cause unnecessary delays in connecting customers. The Minister said he was tired of hearing complaint after complaint from customers yearning for electrical connections but experiencing delay after delay that they cannot understand.Well, here is the problem. We have first-hand experience with LEC people who demanded money under the table before they could proceed with connections. Without that, there would be delay after delay, backed by one excuse after another and totally NO action until . . . We have heard similar stories from many Ministries, including the Ministry of Finance, where staff members would look endlessly for documents they cannot find until . . .Such people are patently anti-development. There are people who have complained that they are unable to pay their taxes without “scratching” some staff member’s back, or responding to their hungry cry because they complain “Empty bag can’t stand.”Are such GOL employees committed to their jobs, to their Ministries or Agencies and to the development of their country? The answer, obviously, is a resounding NO!Then how do we build a country?Minister Sendolo has a lot more to do to get LEC employees to be faithful to their jobs.  Like all other Ministers and Agency Heads, at least those who are wholly committed to public service, he has to take decisive action and set examples. But more than that, he, and all other Ministers like him, need to develop a system of whistle blowers and seriously encourage them to be uncompromising in their vigilance.Minister Sendolo must also know that there are many private businesspeople, including Lebanese and Indians, who are peddling electric power around.  Unconfirmed sources have long suspected that the “delay in connections” which the Minister is lamenting, may be due to kickbacks which certain government functionaries receive from these electricity peddlers.This situation makes one weep for Liberia–a country full of people who do not love their country but want to find every means possible to milk her for personal gain and deny, retard and frustrate and undermine any development effort their own government is trying to undertake.The time has come for government to start spying on her own employees if ever Liberia is to move forward.But can government find honest brokers– honest spies–or will she end up in a vicious circle of corruption?We think, however, that it is worth the try–empowering people to check on their mates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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