SUU’s Athletic Department Conducting National Anthem Tryouts

first_imgSeptember 18, 2018 /Sports News – Local SUU’s Athletic Department Conducting National Anthem Tryouts Tags: America First Event Center/National Anthem Tryouts/SUU Thunderbirds Brad James Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Tuesday evening, Southern Utah University’s athletic department announced, via its Twitter account, that it is conducting national anthem tryouts for athletic events this season.Auditions occur tonight from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the America First Event Center on campus.last_img read more

REVEALED: Boomin to be an ‘instruction winner’ as latest joiners revealed

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » REVEALED: Boomin to be an ‘instruction winner’ as latest joiners revealed previous nextMarketingREVEALED: Boomin to be an ‘instruction winner’ as latest joiners revealedThe soon-to-launch portal challenger has published the latest tranche of agents to sign up to its ‘founder’ deal.Nigel Lewis21st October 202001,442 Views Portal challenger Boomin has revealed its first regional estate agents to sign up to use the platform and revealed that the platform will be an ‘instruction winner’.The announcement this morning follows a similar tranche of ten leading national estate agents revealed last week, and yesterday’s news that the four estate agencies leading the ‘SayNoToRightmove’ campaign had also signed up and were encouraging their 3,000 or so supporters to follow suit.This new list is:Bidmead CookWest Country and South WalesBalgoresEssexCooper & TannerSomerset and WiltshireHenry AdamsSussex, Surrey and HampshireJacob SteelSouth CoastKarl TatlerWirralMiles & BarrKentMichael Jones & CompanySouth CoastKings GroupLondon, Hertfordshire and EssexLinley & SimpsonYorkshire All these agents signing up now do so at little risk to themselves – Boomin says these ‘founding agents’ get many benefits including a free equity share allocation and use of the platform itself until January 2022 at no cost and obligation.The platform has also claimed that agents will earn revenues from the platform from the outset.“Next year may prove to be a difficult year for the market so giving agents access to the latest portal technology without cost, with a view to increasing the number of property transactions and earning them additional income from new services centred on the broader home is widely welcomed by agents looking to the future,” says co-founder Michael Bruce (left).“We continue to be hugely impressed by the interest in Boomin and the engagement from agents up and down the country.”Bidmead Cook Jacob Steel Boomin Henry Adams Linley & Simpson Michael Bruce kings group Balgores October 21, 2020Nigel 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


first_imgThe latest version of Rational’s SelfCooking Center is designed specifically for products as varied as biscuits, cookies, pizza, pies and bread. All you need to do is push the button to tell the oven what you’re baking, shut the door and let it get on with the job, says the company.The SelfCooking Center has eight other modes, each with a variety of built-in baking and cooking processes.The finishing mode includes a process for baking-off products and offers a choice of browning levels. The other modes are roasts, pan-fried products, poultry, fish, side dishes, potato products and egg dishes and desserts.The SelfCooking Center is available in a variety of sizes, from six-grid counter-top units to high volume 40-grid models, in gas and electric versions.last_img read more

Digitizing the classics

first_imgLong before the Italians rediscovered original Greek sources during the Renaissance, Arab scholars recognized the importance of ancient science and philosophy and began translating precious writings into Arabic. Now, Classics Professor Mark Schiefsky wants to transform those ancient Greek texts and their Arabic translations into an open-access digital corpus that could provide important insight into the development of science in the classical world.During the Abbasid period, which began in the mid-eighth century, Islamic caliphs started sponsoring the translation of ancient Greek and Roman texts. While Arabs had their own literary traditions and did not systematically translate Greek literature, they were interested in Greco-Roman mathematical and medical treatises and philosophical writings.“People recognized that Greek texts contained a lot of knowledge that superseded the knowledge available in the Arab world at that time, and realized that it would be fruitful to adopt that knowledge,” Schiefsky explained.He added that the decision to translate these texts was motivated in part by a desire to compete with the Byzantine Empire to the West.“The Arabs wanted to say they were the true inheritors of the Greek tradition,” he said.But many ancient texts were also translated for practical reasons. The writings of Galen, a prominent second century physician, had an important influence on medicine in the Arab world, while the Greek philosopher Aristotle’s writings on logic were exploited in disputes over Islamic law. Even today, classical texts continue to resonate in the Arab world, Schiefsky said, citing Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini’s study of Plato’s “Republic” in creating the Iranian state.Schiefsky recently received a two-year grant from the Mellon Foundation to support the creation of this new, structured corpus of digitized Greek and Arabic texts. The corpus, a collaboration with the Perseus Project at Tufts University, will be used for studying translations of Greek texts and their reception in Arab culture up until the present.The Greco-Arabic “bilingual lexicon,” as he calls it, is not the first project in which Schiefsky has used sophisticated technological tools to serve humanistic research. The Archimedes Project, which he led in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, assembled myriad scientific texts in different languages, allowing for new investigations into the history of mechanics. As with the Archimedes project, the vastly wider body of information that will be available in the bilingual lexicon will enable researchers to pose new statistical questions about how particular features of texts change over time. The lexicon thus represents a kind of shift from the traditional philological approach, with its focus on words and details, to a more comparative approach.“How do conceptions of medicine, say, or mathematics, change over the long term when we move from Greek to Arabic to Latin sources?” Schiefsky asked. “To address such questions in a comprehensive way requires taking a huge corpus of material into account. Modern information technology offers many new tools and approaches for such analysis, which are only now beginning to be applied in the humanities on a large scale. Despite a large number of digitization efforts over the years, there is still a lot of work to do just to get the basic data in a suitable form.”A large body of Greek writings from Homer up to 600 A.D. has already been digitized by the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae, though the thesaurus is not available in the public domain.Schiefsky’s project will contribute additional Greek texts in areas like science, medicine, and philosophy, as well as Arabic texts that are mostly, but not entirely, translations from the Greek. One of the database’s most important features, he said, will be correlating parallel sections of text, allowing scholars to compare phrases or passages page to page.“Searching is very nice, and Google is very good at searching. But you can do a lot more than search every time a word appears,” Schiefsky remarked, citing examples like determining how frequently certain terms were used at different points in history.“I’m interested in the development of knowledge and the development of science, so you need good linguistic tools to do that,” he said.A member of Harvard’s Digital Humanities Working Group, Schiefsky believes strongly in harnessing open-access technology for the benefit of collaborative scholarship. The digital corpus will be entirely open access, using a Creative Commons license that allows other scholars to use and improve the software.“We’re moving away from a way of working in the humanities with one scholar making a change to a text that is incorporated into future editions for eternity, and toward more collaborative methods,” Schiefsky said.last_img read more

Moot points, well made

first_imgThe experience of earlier moot court contests and many hours of rigorous study can seem to melt into the ether when surviving third-year Harvard Law School (HLS) students face not just any panel of esteemed judges but one led by a U.S. Supreme Court justice.On Thursday, the teams in the showdown round of the Ames Moot Court Competition tried to persuade a panel headed by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to change the law of the land.That’s what student Jessica Palmer was trying to do when she argued that her fictional client was protected by the First Amendment even though he lied when claiming in an online dating profile that he was awarded the Navy Cross for service as a SEAL in the first Gulf War. Palmer’s client in the test case sampling thorny, unsettled legal issues was convicted of violating the Stolen Valor Act, which punishes lies about receiving military honors.Under questioning from Sotomayor about why the Supreme Court couldn’t just apply recent rulings on First Amendment issues to this case, Palmer offered, “Madam Justice, you could find that.”A broad smile spread across the Supreme Court justice’s face as she said, “We could do whatever we may.”Sotomayor later acknowledged that she and her brethren are a tough crowd for petitioners when she addressed the Austin Hall audience that included many student contenders defeated in earlier moot court rounds: “For all you who think you could have done a better job, come up front and give us a try.”“This is really hard. The hardest thing you could do as a lawyer is to argue before the Supreme Court,” said Sotomayor, who was the newest justice on the court until former HLS Dean Elena Kagan was confirmed last year. “You have learned your skills well. Your performance gives me hope for the profession.”The panel — which included Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Court and Peter J. Rubin, J.D. ’88, of the Massachusetts Court of Appeals — did not decide the merits or the law of the case. But it ruled Matthew Greenfield of the prosecution team the best oralist, and Greenfield and Caroline Anderson the winners of the oral competition. The best brief award went to Palmer and to Adam Hallowell’s team, which included students Avis Bohlen, Yvonne Saadi, Matthew Scarola, and Benjamin Watson. The prosecution team also included Stephen Pezzi, Mitchell Reich, Stephanie Simon, and Noah Weiss.Oralists Matthew Greenfield and Caroline Anderson were on the Belva Ann Lockwood Memorial Team.In the case, a man named Otis Garfield had an online profile that boasted he’d twice climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, tracked lions in Botswana, and won the Navy Cross — even though his Gulf War experience inspired him to spread the message that “loving America means speaking out against — not fighting in — unnecessary wars.”In the example, Garfield was prosecuted after a woman who dated him reported his false claims about the medal to law enforcement, and he received a prison term despite a trial judge’s error in failing to allow him to speak at his sentencing.The questioning took an entertaining twist when Rubin challenged the student lawyers on the impact of Garfield’s lies. “Didn’t he lie to women asking them to rely on those lies in attempt to secure a date? I know my time is valuable, and I assume yours is. Why isn’t this fraud?”Palmer said that she couldn’t invoke a fraud claim because the lower court did not make that finding, and there was no monetary loss to Garfield’s victims.To reach the final round of the century-old Ames competition, students face off in three rounds over two years. In the beginning, there are 40 teams, but only two teams of six advance to the final competition.In announcing the winners, Sotomayor might well have been referring to rulings on the high court as well: “You force us to make choices that are never easy, but we have to break the ties.”last_img read more

Climbing out of hiding

first_imgAs biological mysteries go, they don’t come much better than the proboscis anole.For decades, scientists have puzzled over the small lizard, whose defining feature is a horn on its nose, but have been stymied in their attempts to better understand it because it appeared to be all but extinct — until now.Two teams of researchers — one from Harvard, the other from the University of New Mexico — working with colleagues in Ecuador, have rediscovered the lizard, alive and well, in the forests of South America. As reported in a pair of papers published in Breviora, the journal of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ), the work has shed new light on the lizard’s behavior, and is raising intriguing questions about evolution.“There are more than 400 species of anoles, but this species has always been very enigmatic,” said Jonathan Losos ’84, the Monique and Philip Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America, curator in herpetology, and author of one of the papers. “I and many other people have been enchanted by this lizard, but for us it was almost like a unicorn. Because there are only six specimens worldwide, and it hadn’t been seen in the field since 1966, it was this marvelous animal that we knew very little about. We didn’t even know if the female had a horn.”Rediscovering a species once thought lost, however, took a bit of luck and some help from Google.Proof that the proboscis anole still exists in the wild came in 2005, when a group of bird-watching tourists snapped a picture of one as it attempted to cross a road near Mindo, a rural area in central Ecuador. The photo wound up on the Internet, where Losos stumbled onto it while conducting research for his book, “Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree: Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles” (2009).Spurred by a handful of similar sightings, Steven Poe ’93, an associate professor at the University of New Mexico and associate of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, in 2009 traveled to Mindo. His findings, which suggest the lizard isn’t as elusive as initially believed, describe it as being approximately six inches long, very slender, and typically sleeping on the end of tree branches between 20 and 50 feet high. Poe’s team also resolved the question of whether the female has a horn: it doesn’t, a finding supported by the work of a team of Ecuadorian scientists who captured several specimens and reported on them in a paper in the Ecuadorian journal Avances en Ciencias e Ingeniería in 2010.But while Poe’s work represented a dramatic leap forward in describing the lizards’ environment, it was largely made up of observations conducted at night. Losos in 2010 launched a second research effort, this time aimed at observing the lizard’s behavior during the day. This turned out to require spotting one at night, then returning just before dawn to watch the lizard as it moved about in the morning.“What we discovered is that they are extremely well-camouflaged,” Losos said. “They’re usually about 10 to 20 feet off the ground and live on the ends of branches, where there is a lot of vegetation. They also move extremely slowly, so they blend right into the vegetation.“Having observed them in the wild, it’s easy to understand why no one has found them for more than 40 years,” he added. “It’s because it’s almost impossible to find them if you know what you’re looking for. Ultimately, we ended up finding only two or three during the day.”Aside from his excitement about the re-emergence of the species, Losos is eager to study the lizards for clues to how evolution works.“The major focus of my entire career has been how these lizards have evolved in the Caribbean,” Losos said. “Essentially, each island has been its own evolutionary theater, but the end result has been very similar. The same set of habitat specialists has evolved on each island, so on each island you find lizards that live in long grasses that have long tails, and you find lizards that live in trees that have large toe pads.”While anoles are also common in Central and South America, research suggests those mainland populations evolved along different lines. What makes the proboscis anole unusual, Losos said, is that, aside from its horn, it almost perfectly mimics a species of Caribbean lizard, the twig anole.“Our goal was first to capture specimens to see if that impression was correct and second to ask whether the ecology and behavior is like the twig anole,” Losos said. “These lizards have the same habitat, they move the same way, and, unlike most mainland anoles, they have adapted in the same way as the Caribbean species. They are dead ringers for twig anoles, with one very obvious difference.”The purpose of that difference — the horn — remains a mystery, though researchers have gathered some tantalizing clues.Given that females do not have a horn, Losos speculates that it likely plays a role in attracting mates, possibly by making the lizard appear larger. While not unusual in lizards, horns are typically bony structures used in fighting. In the case of the proboscis anole, however, researchers were surprised to find that the horn is not rigid, and that the lizard can actually move it.“That the horn can move is stunning to people who study lizard morphology,” Losos said.While Losos and Poe’s research has answered a number of nagging questions, it also raises new ones about why such widely scattered animals seem to have followed the same evolutionary pathways.“It is interesting that on the mainland the evolutionary outcomes are very different,” Losos said. “The question is why do we see such repeated similarity on the islands but not on the mainland? Our working hypothesis is that the reason things are different has to do with greater number and variety of predators on the mainland compared to the islands. Among the Caribbean species, it is the slow-moving twig anoles that are most concerned about predators, so it might not be so surprising that lizards in the same habitat on the mainland have adapted along the same lines.”Funding for the research was provided by the David M. Fite Fund.last_img read more

Senate requests ID card access policy info, debates allocation of funds

first_imgWednesday’s weekly Senate meeting started with a unified resolve to request information on the ID Card access policy and ended with postponing an ongoing debate over club and student union funds. The senate first passed a resolution which formally requests the Division of Student Affairs to release and share any and all unclassified statistics, studies, and/or documentation from the process by which the Division of Student Affairs analyzed, deliberated and implemented the new ID Card Access Policy.“We’ve actually delayed this a couple of months now,” sophomore and Alumni senator Jack Rotolo said. “We wanted to make sure we took all of the routes we could before passing this resolution.” Last fall, while in discussion with the Division of Student Affairs, associate vice president for residential life Heather Rakoczy Russell said she “would not be able to share the benchmarking and National Best Practices” sources used in consideration for the newly instated policy. “We’re asking for the documents directly,” Rotolo said. “This will go to Student Affairs Office where it will go to Heather Rakoczy Russell.” Parliamentarian Thomas Davis said the Student Affairs Office doesn’t have to honor the request, but he hopes it will.“We want to be very respectful. We are only asking for information that would be considered public,” Rotolo said in regards to obtaining only non-confidential information.The resolution was passed as well as another resolution concerning the postponement of the student body president and vice president election in the wake of senior Annrose Jerry’s death. The resolution suspends subsections of the constitution regarding the dates for run-off election and re-run-off election debates, and grants the Judicial Council the temporary power to delegate their own dates in light of the election’s overall postponement. The Senate then moved into what became a heated debate over the allocation of funding allowed between the Club Coordination Council (CCC) and other Student Union organizations. As it stands, the Student Body Constitution allows a minimum of 40% of funds to be distributed to clubs and organizations under the CCC, and the remaining 59% of funds from the Financial Management Board (FMB) go to Student Union organizations. The resolution which was debated would change these numbers to a minimum of 46% of funds to be designated for distribution through the CCC and 53% to be available for distribution to remaining Student Union organizations. Initial questioning was directed at CCC president and senior Jordan Isner.“I think the end goal is when we get to a point where clubs and student union (organizations) feel like it’s a balanced amount of funding,” Isner said. “I will say the reason we chose to go to 46% [for clubs] is because it seems not arbitrary … 46% would mean that clubs and the Student Union would be getting about the same amount of money.” Several senators asked if it would possible to ask clubs to fundraise more.“They fundraise a lot … clubs fundraise almost a million dollars each year,” Isner said in response. “Clubs spend a lot of time fundraising, which isn’t the point of a club.”Senators also asked if it would be possible to obtain more money from the FMB, to which Isner said the method had been attempted by the CCC for three years with no success. When the floor was opened to debate, off-campus senator and senior Quentin Colo made a pitch in favor of the resolution. He listed many examples of clubs, such as the Global Medical Brigade, She’s the First and College Mentors for Kids.“There’s 20 plus religious clubs, 10 political clubs, 30 plus cultural clubs,” Colo said. “Clubs are really important — 7,800 students are in clubs and I think there’s a really good case for why clubs should be getting more money.” Junior class council president Sam Cannova had a different take. Cannova presented his case by saying Student Union organizations serve 8,000 students, delivering $54 per student per year on average. He then said that the CCC supports less than half of all clubs.“Even if every student were in a club, and half of these were funded by the CCC, the amount per student is at minimum $93 dollars,” Cannova said.Cannova continued with a breakdown of funds between the CCC and Student Union organizations.“What I’m getting at here is how is the money getting back to the students?” Cannova said. “It seems the Student Union is doing it far more efficiently and using every dollar as well as they can.” Isner responded by saying Cannova’s statistics were misinformed and made without discussion with him or the CCC. Cannova claimed the CCC was not completely transparent with its funding information. “In terms of transparency on the CCC end, I gave a presentation last fall. I asked for any questions and I got none,” Isner said. “… The CCC has closed-door meetings because we can’t give away club financials, but I’m really trying to be as transparent as possible.” Isner continued arguing for the passing of the resolution.“Clubs are never happy with the allocation,” he said. “In a good compromise, both sides should walk away a little bit dissatisfied. In the compromise of allocations, clubs are walking away crying. … Student Union branches aren’t crying when they get their allocations.“… We are not cutting a lot of programming from the Student Union. There’s a lot of unspent money each year. … We are recovering the unspent money and moving it to clubs.” After nearly an hour of debate, the senate moved to postpone the debate and voting on the resolution to next week’s meeting. Tags: Senate, Student governmentlast_img read more

Side Show Stars Emily Padgett & Erin Davie Belt It Out on The View

first_img View Comments Side Show Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Erin Davie Star Files Side Show stars Emily Padgett and Erin Davie stopped by The View on December 17 to perform the Act One power ballad “Who Will Love Me As I Am?” The reimagined production may leave us on January 4, 2015, but that’s not stopping these twins from belting their hearts out. Try not to get goosebumps during the wild applause just before their final refrain. We also love that Rosie O’Donnell introduced the two of them. It’s totally a throwback to 1997! Check out the clip below, and catch Side Show at the St. James Theatre.last_img read more

Danielle Brooks on Her 18-Story Times Square Billboard

first_imgBrooks hopes to use her influence to serve as a role model for young people, especially young girls. Having role models that she could identify with is what equipped her with the confidence to pursue acting.“When I sign autographs at the stagedoor every night, I have young girls that say ‘Thank you’ or ‘I see myself in you,”’ revealed Brooks. “The Color Purple was the first show I ever saw. Seeing Felicia Fields as Sofia and all the different sizes of those women that were onstage was confirmation for me that I could do it.”This cause is too beautiful for words, as is the bodacious Brooks’ Times Square billboard.“We’re really striving to live in a world of inclusivity where everyone is represented and everyone can love themselves for who they are,” the Tony nominee continued. “We’re not ashamed of our bodies. We want to be seen. We are here.” Not only can you catch Danielle Brooks giving a powerhouse performance as Sofia in The Color Purple at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre through November 13; you also can’t miss her on a gorgeous, gigantic billboard in Times Square for Lane Bryant’s #ThisBody campaign. We recently caught up with Brooks on how it feels to shine at 18 stories tall.“It’s incredible. It’s the first time I’ve had a poster by myself that’s not me in character,” Brooks told “I look forward to sharing it with my family. They’re coming to my last performance of The Color Purple, and they’ll get to see it. I’m really thrilled about it.”Prior to making her Tony-nominated Broadway debut in The Color Purple, the Juilliard alum turned heads as Taystee on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. Leave it to Danni B. to use her platform for empowering others. Brooks has partnered up with Lane Bryant and Refinery29 for the 67 Percent Project.“67 percent of women in America are plus size, which means size 14 and above,” Brooks said. “But plus size women make up less than two percent of images in mainstream media. This is an initiative to show the variety of women in media at the same rate that we exist in reality.” Danielle Brooks photographed by Cass Bird for Lane BryantTimes Square Billboard photo by Caitlin McNaney View Comments The Color Purple Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Danielle Brookslast_img read more

3 Reasons why strategic planning efforts fall short at credit unions (according to Pink Floyd)

first_imgFrom my consulting experience, I know that many financial institutions are frustrated with their strategic planning efforts. Too many times, one of two things happen:Great visions and plans are developed that never see the light of day, orStrategic planning efforts fail to provide creative ideas for strategic direction and correction.Why is this the case? As I sat at my desk, staring at the black light that illuminates my Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon poster, I realized that the answer was right in front of me. The three reasons why strategic planning efforts fall short:Money.Time.Us and Them.For the uninitiated, these are the names of songs on the Dark Side of the Moon album. For the initiated, no — “Brain Damage” is not one of the reasons why your firm’s strategic planning efforts fall short. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more