Tags: Big Sky Conference/Boise State/CenturyLink Arena/Idaho/NCAA Tournament July 31, 2018 /Sports News – Local Big Sky Conference Releases Men’s/Women’s Basketball Tournament Schedule FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Tuesday, the Big Sky Conference announced its six-day schedule for its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments March 11-16 at CenturyLink Arena of Boise, Idaho.The women’s tournament will run from March 11-13 and 15 while the men’s tournament runs from March 13-16.The tournament champions will receive automatic berths to the respective NCAA tournaments.For the fourth consecutive season, all Big Sky conference schools will compete in the conference tournaments.The top five teams in the regular season standings will earn an automatic bye into the quarterfinals.The conference tournaments will be in Idaho for the first time since 1994 when Boise State, then a Big Sky Conference member, hosted the league tournament.On Monday March 11, the women’s tournament begins with three first-round games followed by four quarterfinals matchups on Tuesday for the women.Wednesday, the action becomes coed as five games on March 13 consist of the women’s semifinals in the evening preceded by the first wave of action for the men.Thursday March 14 will consist of men’s games entirely while on Friday March 15, the women’s championship game occurs.Saturday’s action consists of the men’s championship game which will air on the ESPN Family of Networks. Written by Brad James
Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — After 19 seasons in the NFL, Sebastian Janikowski is hanging up his cleats.The 41-year-old kicker told ESPN he is retiring from the sport on Sunday.“It was a good run,” Janikowski said, adding that his body could no longer take the physical demands of kicking.Janikowski spent the bulk of his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders, who drafted him in 2000. He remained in Oakland until last year, when he signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks.The Polish born kicker ends his career with 1,913 points, 436 made field goals and 542 attempted field goals.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund April 29, 2019 /Sports News – National Kicker Sebastian Janikowski retiring from NFL after 19 seasons
February 18, 2021 /Sports News – National Australian Open: Osaka defeats Williams to advance to final Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAndy Cheung/Getty ImagesBy JEANETTE TORRES-PEREZ, ABC News(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Serena Williams’ quest to get her record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title was put on hold Thursday after she was defeated by Naomi Osaka in the semifinals of the Australian Open.The No. 3-seeded Osaka beat Williams in two sets, 6-3, 6-4. The semifinal contest was the fourth time the two faced off against each other. With Thursday’s win, Osaka now leads 3-1 in their matchups.Osaka, 23, will now go up against Jennifer Brady, seeded 22nd, in the tournament’s final on Saturday. Brady, 25, advanced after defeating Karolina Muchova 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.Should Osaka be crowned the champion at Melbourne Park, it would mark her fourth Grand Slam singles title.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by
79, a lifelong resident of Bayonne, passed away on, June 14, 2017. She worked as a bookkeeper for Konica for over ten years. Ann was predeceased by her parents, Victor and Ann (nee: Miskura) Pietruska; her husband, Richard Ratcliffe; her siblings, John Pietruska, Stanley Pietruska, Anne Mackiewicz, Helen Zaborowski, and Fran Grynkiewicz. She is survived by her brother, Victor Pietruska; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements by DZIKOWSKI, PIERCE & LEVIS Funeral Home, 24 E 19th St.
? The entry form is very simple to fill out and should not take long. Alternatively, send us your CV. We need to know an outline of your achievements so far, what you are studying and your ambitions for the future. ? Entries are encouraged from trainee bakers themselves, as well as trainers who feel they have an outstanding student to nominate who deserves recognition. Are you a baker training at college or with a company? Are you a keen apprentice? Are you a company with good trainees who deserve recognition? Or perhaps you are a bakery trainer with some outstanding students, whom you feel should be noticed.If so, then we want to hear from you for the Trainee Baker of the Year, sponsored jointly by the National Skills Academy and Improve.This newly launched award aims to recognise those trainee bakers who will go on to be the backbone of the industry. It is open to all types of hands-on trainee bakers, whether they are making bread, savouries or confectionery. Entrants could be training in craft or industrial skills with a company or a college, but they must be able to demonstrate their commitment and passion for a career in the industry.Judges will be interested to hear about entrants’ skills, enthusiasm and ambition. What are they studying and what have they achieved so far? What do they hope to do with their qualifications in the future?”Improve and the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink are delighted to sponsor this award, which recognises the considerable personal commitment of individuals to equip themselves with the skills to make a positive contribution to the future of bakery in the UK,” says Improve CEO Jack Matthews. “Well-qualified and skilled bakers are critical to the future of the industry and those who can demonstrate that additional passion and dedication should be fully recognised.”Entries would be welcome from individual trainee bakers at any level, as well as bakery trainers and tutors, who want to put forward those students they feel have shown themselves to be capable, conscientious and keen to learn.Call us today for the easy-to-complete entry form or alternatively send us a CV with an outline of achievements, current training programme and future ambitions.—-=== Key points for entrants ===? This award is open to all types of hands-on trainee bakers. Entrants could be training in craft or industrial skills with a company or a college. They could be making bread, savouries, confectionery or other type of baked good. ? Winning the prestigious Trainee Baker of the Year could open doors for you in your future career, so don’t be shy. Call us today and we will send you further information.
The Minister of Trade and Industry (the DTI), Dr Rob Davies had a bilateral meeting with his United-Kingdom counterpart Dr Liam Fox in London on Tuesday 17 April 2018. In the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting they discussed the trading relationship between the UK and South Africa. The ministers were pleased with the strength of the UK-South Africa trade and investment relationship.As the UK is in the process of exiting the European Union (EU), South Africa welcomed the UK’s intention to avoid any disruption to trade. In particular, both ministers welcomed the significant progress made so far in discussions with the Southern African Customs Union (SACU which includes Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland) and Mozambique. These are to ensure continuity of the EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) as the UK leaves the EU.Both parties welcomed the agreement reached between the EU and UK at the March European Council that the UK is to be treated as a Member State for the purposes of international agreements during the EU-UK Implementation Period (1 April 2019 to 31 December 2020). This provides further certainty that there will not be disruption to the existing trading relationship during the implementation period.International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: Minister Davies, said that the UK remains an important strategic partner for South Africa globally. South Africa and the UK have enjoyed mutually beneficial preferential trade since entry into force of the first reciprocal trade agreement between South Africa and the EU in January 2000.Minister for Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies said: Minister Davies also welcomed the progress made by experts towards finalisation of the rollover of the EPA arrangement between SACU + Mozambique and the UK. “This is critical to ensure continuity post-Brexit”, added Davies.Both parties agreed to assess options for bilateral technical cooperation in the areas of trade and investment promotion. In addition, the parties agreed to work together to promote investments in priority sectors to advance sustainable economic development. Free trade has transformed developing economies across the world, and 44 of our 52 Commonwealth partners, including South Africa, benefit from development-focused preferential trade access to the UK market. That’s why it’s important to ensure continuity and certainty in our current trade arrangements as we leave the EU, and UK officials with their counterparts across Southern Africa have made excellent progress in this. As we leave the EU and create a new independent UK trade policy, we will build further on our £9 billion of annual trade with South Africa, our biggest trading partner in Africa, and champion free trade to help developing countries combat poverty and grow their economies. The UK is South Africa’s second largest trading partner in the EU Region. Our goods exports to the UK in 2014 were R37.6 billion and increased to R46.3 billion in 2017. Noteworthy is the positive trade balance that South Africa continues to enjoy in its trade with the UK, which earns the country foreign currency and contributes to reducing the country’s current account deficit. The key priority for South Africa is to change the structure of our trade to more value added products.
More than 600 people from across the food industry gathered for the Diamond Ball to raise money for GroceryAid.The event raised more than £235,000 and will enable GroceryAid to look after at least 156 beneficiaries in the coming 12 months with both financial and practical support, it said in a statement.During the evening, GroceryAid recognised the contribution of volunteers who had given their time for at least 10 years to help the charity in its work.The GroceryAid Hall of Fame (pictured) is the charity’s way of saying thank you to volunteers from all areas of the food industry, without whom the charity “would not be as healthy as it is today”.Among those recognised was Lorraine Hendle, managing director, retail and manufacturing at British Baker’s publisher, William Reed Business Media.Alongside Hendle were Nick Boddy, Paul Fieldhouse, James Greer, June Robinson, Amanda Short, Victoria Spooner, Simon van Moppes and Martin Wright.
The band has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $12,000 needed to fulfill their vision for their new record. As Hayley Jane and company explain in the video on the campaign’s page, Gasoline was completed on a very tight schedule with limited funds, and they are hoping to be able to give their new release the time, effort, and resources it deserves in order to make a high-quality, professional product. With Turkuaz‘s Craig Brodhead handling producing duties, the group plans to head to Syracuse, NY’s More Sound Recording Studios this August to track the as of yet untitled new album.The band is offering an array of fun prizes for different donation levels, including free digital downloads, signed physical copies of both the new album and Gasoline, tickets to an upcoming show of your choice, Primates merch, personal mentions in the “Thank You” section of the new album’s liner notes, personalized thank you songs and videos from the band, an original song about you or a loved one, and even a full live performance at your home!For all the info on the different donation/prize levels, and to donate to the project, visit Hayley Jane and the Primates’ Kickstarter Page.Be sure not to miss Hayley Jane and the Primates when they hit the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY on Wednesday, July 6th! With Elise Testone and Hayley Jane on the same lineup, you know it’s going to be a party! Tickets are available here. Since the release of their last record, Gasoline, in 2014, Boston-based festival circuit favorites Hayley Jane and the Primates have brought their signature brand of genre-blending, vaudevillian story-centered live shows to audiences all over the country. Now, the band is ready to take their road-tested material to the studio, and they are reaching out to their ever-growing fan base to help fund the project.
Early Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten is in stable condition today, following a major fall that required immediate surgery last week. According to Constanten, he was getting out his car when he tripped on some uneven, wet pavement and fell into the concrete. Fortunately, 911 was called immediately, and an excellent team of doctors were able to perform a quick and life-saving surgery.Constanten tells the story in the public Facebook post below:Fell down and broke my neck last Wednesday. Just like they warned me about as a kid. I’d driven up to the Post Office at the top of the hill to mail off a bill, and, knowing there was heavy rain in the forecast, figured it would be better to mail it off inside. I parked the car, and on the way in a bit of uneven pavement tripped me up. I fell, face first, onto the concrete. I am so very grateful for the woman who spotted me right away and called 911; for the ambulance crew, who got there so fast; for their professionalism and teamwork; for the uniformly excellent care at Novant Presbyterian Hospital; for the skill of Dr. Healy, the neurosurgeon who performed the procedure that pulled me out of the darkness and into the light, for Dr. Guignard, for the anæsthesiologist, Dr….well, I’m spacing on his name, maybe because he did such a good job. For the surgeon who stitched up my forehead. For the nurses, Beverly, Brooke, Brittany, Iseta, Julio, Cliff, Ali, Amelia… I get back to the house, and the first thing I’m aware of is a forest of wonderful friends near and far showing such unbelievably warm support. I’ve experienced it before and, even though I have no idea what I might have done to deserve it, I felt the lift and reassurance. There have been rough patches in my life these past fifteen years, and it’s helped me get through it. Many times I thought of checking out, but my heart won’t buy it. The attitude of gratitude is in full bloom in this garden.[H/T Jambands]
I spent last summer in an office, but not like the ones in which many of my classmates found themselves. I worked as a research intern at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, a leading facility for research in practical ethics. Over the course of the past two semesters, the Safra Center has been celebrating its 30th anniversary, and it just closed the year in an appropriate fashion with 2½ days of festivities, including lectures, panels, and discussions on various issues with which it has been involved.A good deal of my work at the center, aside from my own research, factored into the center’s preparations for its birthday. For about four weeks, another intern and I delved into the center’s extensive archives. Together, we cataloged all the public lectures, conferences, symposia, and the like that the center has hosted and recorded. Once all this information was all neatly organized on a spreadsheet, we began working our way through the material and taking extensive notes.By the end of this process, I had listened to almost 100 hours of lectures spanning the center’s existence. It was an extensive and often exhausting few weeks, but I was engaged by the variety of topics and recorded speakers, who discussed topics ranging from human cloning to the morality of pornography.That summer made me one of the people most intimately acquainted with the center’s history and activities. But one person who is far more knowledgeable is its founding director, Dennis Thompson. Currently the Alfred North Whitehead Professor of Political Philosophy Emeritus in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and at Harvard Kennedy School, Thompson was lured to Harvard by then-President Derek Bok in 1986. At the time, there were few courses or faculty members at Harvard devoted to teaching practical ethics.Supported by notable faculty members such as Martha Minow and Michael Sandel, Thompson was able to develop what was then an interfaculty initiative, originally named the Program in Ethics and the Professions, and broaden it into the research center. Thompson established the senior fellowship program and welcomed a number of distinguished guest lecturers, including Lani Guinier, the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law, who discussed Civil Rights; Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center, who gave a lecture on “Ethics and Ethnicity” in 1999; and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, who discussed social identity in a 2000 address.In 2009, the leadership of the center was taken over by Lawrence Lessig, the Roy. L Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. In line with the mission of his 2016 presidential run, Lessig refocused the center’s research and efforts toward the theme of institutional corruption, pointing at the perversion of incentives structures in politics, but also in medicine, business, and academia.Lessig invited an array of speakers ranging from politicians such as former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer and U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, who offered contrasting visions of how Congress can become more effective, to medical professionals such as Marcia Angell, the first woman to head the New England Journal of Medicine, who lamented the increasingly cozy relationship between doctors and the pharmaceutical industry. In 2013, the center launched a fellowship geared toward undergraduates that brings eight to 10 students together in an interdisciplinary seminar led by Professor Arthur Applbaum, supporting their senior thesis research.Since 2015, the center has been directed by Danielle Allen, a faculty member in the Government Department and the recently named James Bryant Conant University Professor. Under Allen’s leadership, the center has again reoriented its activities to focus on contemporarily relevant themes such as “Diversity, Justice, and Democracy” and “Policing and Militarization.” The center has welcomed speakers such as Cornel West, Peter Singer, and Jeremy Waldron. It has also initiated a fellowship in partnership with the Berggruen Institute’s Philosophy and Culture Center, which supports scholars whose work is of “broad social and political importance from cross-cultural perspectives.”At the anniversary celebration, many of the center’s past associates returned for discussions. For Allen, the event was a major highlight of her tenure. “We had hundreds of alumni coming back, and truly extraordinary panels,” she said in an email. “The conversation between Zeke Emanuel and Frances Kamm about ethics and the end of life was a once-in-a-lifetime event, an exhilarating journey to the heights of philosophical precision and through the entangled world of complex moral decision-making.”The celebration also brought three Harvard presidents together is, which, Allen wrote, “a rare occurrence. It was wonderful to have the chance to listen to President Drew Faust reflect on the place of universities in our broader civic life with former presidents Derek Bok and Neil Rudenstine there, each instrumental in launching the Ethics Center to a place where it can connect academic conversations to practical, applied, and public discussions.”Allen said the celebration also marked a “coming period … of renewal.” She believes that, as “many of the faculty who originally launched the Ethics Center have recently retired or will soon retire … the time has come to launch a conversation about what shape next-generation collaboration around ethics at Harvard University should take.”To that end, Allen is leading the center in “redoubling efforts to strengthen and expand the ethics curriculum at Harvard, to understand and support ethics curricula on college and university campuses nationally, to support efforts to reinvigorate civic education in the U.S., and to expand the purview of discussion to a global context by means of sponsoring comparative work that draws ethical traditions from around the globe into conversation with one another.”