All 15 of South Jersey’s Beach Patrols participated in this years South Jersey Lifeguard Championships in Avalon, NJ. The temperature was hot, the water was rough, and the crowds were abundant. The evening was less than ideal for Ocean City’s Beach Patrol, who did not place.Longport was the big winner this year and will get to host next years event. Below is a video summary of the action as well as the official results.Video Credit: Ryan GivensDoubles Crew:1st Place: Margate: Chris Graves / Chuck Gowdy 16:022nd Place: Longport: Mike McGrath / Sean Duffey 16:203rd Place: Upper Township: Joe O’Neil / Ryan Fisher 16:32 Singles:1st Place: Longport: Mike McGrath 7:242nd Place: Atlantic City: Vince Granese 7:323rd Place: Avalon: Erich Wolf 7:38 Shanin Theiss preparing for singles row SJ Championship 2016. Photo Credit: Dale Braun Swim:1st Place: Brigantine: Brandon McKenzie 14:452nd Place: Sea Isle: Conall Loughlin 14:463rd Place: Longport: John Tepper 14:47 Team Scores:1st Place: Longport 12 points2nd Place: Margate 8 points3rd Place: Avalon 7 points
by: Dan BergerYou may or may not say the word “awesome” very often out loud – but I hope you think your employees are awesome. I certainly think my team is awesome. But it turns out that saying it out loud – telling your team that you believe in them and think they are awesome – can make them do even more awesome work.Harvard Business Review recently ran an article from leadership development consultants Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman. They found that managers who consistently rated their employees more positively than others – what they called “positive-rating managers” – were rewarded by employees with higher engagement. Employees with positive-rating managers average in the 60th percentile of engagement scores, while those who worked for negative-rating managers scored around the 47th percentile. They even found that other employees viewed the employees under negative-rating managers as being less effective. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sam Allardyce emerged triumphant from what has been called the P45 derby, with West Ham securing an unprecedented third win over Tottenham in a single season to ensure survival and heap further pressure on counterpart Tim Sherwood. Their form heading into the match could not have been any different – the hosts failed to win in April, while Spurs were unbeaten – yet the clubs share similar stories when it comes to managerial uncertainty. Sherwood’s impressive win ratio has not been enough to stop speculation on his future that will no doubt intensify after West Ham ended a four-match losing streak with a 2-0 win in their final home match of what Allardyce acknowledged has been a “testing campaign”. The fans made their frustration known during last weekend’s defeat at West Brom with anti-Allardyce chants and banners, although those same supporters will have no doubt left the Boleyn Ground in a better mood after beating Spurs for a third time this campaign. An even, entertaining opening was blown apart midway through the first half by Younes Kaboul’s red card, which was followed minutes later by Harry Kane accidentally nodding Andy Carroll’s header past his own goalkeeper. The east Londoners doubled that lead just before the break after Paulinho and Emmanuel Adebayor left an embarrassingly large gap in the wall, which Stewart Downing’s free-kick duly exploited to ripple the back of the net. Only the inspired form of France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris prevented West Ham from adding more in the second half, with the poor displays of those ahead of him meaning there would be no respite at the end of a difficult week for Sherwood. His side began well enough at the Boleyn Ground, with Kane close to an opening goal after 52 seconds when West Ham goalkeeper Adrian’s rushed clearance ricocheted off him and spun wide. Adebayor was unable to cap a wonderful, flowing team move by striking tamely at Adrian soon after, before Carroll saw appeals for handball against Kane fall on deaf ears. Michael Dawson appeared to then handle from the resulting corner, from which the ball broke to Guy Demel and his looping strike came off the crossbar. Adrian saved a Paulinho header on goal and Downing blazed over as play swung from end-to-end, until the dimensions changed in West Ham’s favour in the 25th minute. A wicked deflection saw the ball looped over Spurs backline into the path of Downing, who, having left Danny Rose in his wake, continued on goal until being bundled over by a brainless challenge by Kaboul. Referee Phil Dowd deemed him to be the last man and showed a straight red card, with Lloris having to be at his best to stop Carroll venomously firing home the free-kick that followed. The ball went out for a corner and when Mark Noble swung it across, West Ham ended their 257-minute wait for a goal, with Carroll’s header going in via an unfortunate deflection off Kane. It was a horrible moment for the 20-year-old forward, who was replaced moments later by defender Vlad Chiriches in a bid to stem West Ham’s increasing momentum. George McCartney came close to netting at the backpost before Rose almost put into his own goal, with Lloris then doing exceptionally to turn Matt Taylor’s goalbound strike around the post. The France goalkeeper could only do so much, though, and his team-mates let him down as West Ham doubled their advantage a minute before the break. Downing hit a reasonable free-kick that would have hit the wall had Adebayor and Paulinho not parted, allowing the ball to sneak through past the Spurs goalkeeper. It was a shocking goal which was almost added to by a Carroll volley in first-half stoppage time. West Ham continued strongly after the restart as Mo Diame’s overhead kick produced an exquisite save from Lloris, who did well to stop Kevin Nolan scoring the follow-up before Taylor curled just wide. The Spurs goalkeeper’s one-man stand continued as Carroll flicked the ball on to Nolan, with the onrushing goalkeeper spreading himself to block behind. Adrian fumbled a Christian Eriksen cross in a rare threatening moment for Lloris’ counterpart, with Sherwood bringing on Sandro and Roberto Soldado in a bid to change the dynamics of the match. The latter quickly had an impact, receiving a booking after kicking Diame and manhandling Nolan before striking across the face of goal. Sandro was also at the heart of things in the closing stages, blocking a shot, picking up a booking and then seeing appeals for a handball against Taylor ignored. Adrian did wonderfully to tip over a late Rose strike, which saw West Ham end a 10-match wait for a clean sheet. Press Association
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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow â€” Todayâ€™s Wellington High School bulletin for Friday, Sept. 4, 2015:Fridayâ€¢Football at Augusta, 7 p.m.Saturdayâ€¢Junior Varsity at Conway Springs, 9 a.m.Todayâ€™s Lunch– Chicken Pattie, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Green Beans, Pineapple chunks, Hot Roll and Milk.Tuesdayâ€™s Lunch: Taco Soup, Tortilla Chips, Fresh Broccoli, Chilled Pears, Snickerdoodle and Milk.Todayâ€™s News*Reminder: There is no school on Monday.*Seniors- If you have a 28 or better ACT score and a 3.5 or better GPA,Â you could be a candidate for the new Fort Hays State University Honors College. To find out more about the honors college please visit their website at www.fhsu.edu/honorscollege/.*Senior Boys- If you would like a Senior Shirt please see Julian or Wesley. The cost is $10 or $12 for 2x and up.*Seniors Girls- If you are interested in a Senior Shirt, there is a sign-up sheet in the office. See Allison McCue if you have any questions. Deadline to order is September 11th.*Junior Class, if interested in class t-shirts- you can pick up order forms in the office. Return the forms to Brecken Lawrence or Kayma Brand by September 8th.*Any baseball players that can meet on Monday @ 6:30 to learn long toss-please be there.*Students- Please add money to your lunch account before school starts. Food Service will not accept your check during lunch time.*The theme for the football game tonight @ Augusta is Red out, Come out and show your Crusader spirit.* Seniors: If you are thinking about makingÂ EmporiaÂ State University your college of choice, be sure to go to their website to view scholarship and admissions information. The website isÂ www.emporia.edu/admissions/scholarships.The college will be hosting four Black and Gold Visit DaysÂ Oct. 9 and 24thÂ and No. 6th and 20th. These visits include admissions and scholarship information, and residence hall and campus tours.* Students: If you are in need of school supplies, please see Mrs. Brown in the counselors office.*Sophomores and Juniors, Are you interested in taking the PSAT? The cost is only $14 and the test date is Wednesday, October 14th @ 8:00 a.m. If you are interested, please come see Mrs. Hatfield in the counselors office before September 21st.*Thursday, September 10th Staff Sergeant US Army Recruiter Benjamin Osborne will be in the commons during lunch.*Freshman- Don’t forget to turn in your Student Network Agreement. You can turn the formsÂ into the office.*Are you interested in joining the big red machine drumline? The WHS marching band is looking for members to participate in the percussion section of the marching band. No experience is needed. If interested, talk to Haley Farley, Kyle Robbins or Mr. Olson.*Students: If you are participating in a fall sport, you must pay your $25.00 Sports Fee before your first game.Guidance office news:College visits during lunch:Tuesday, Sept. 8th- Emporia State Univ.Wednesday, Sept. 9th- Bethany CollegeThursday, Sept 10th- Cloud County CCTuesday, Sept 22nd- Pittsburg StateWednesday, Sept 23rd- Cowley County CCThursday, Sept. 24th- SouthwesternWednesday, Sept 30th- Fort HaysFriday, Oct 2nd – Kansas State UniversityMonday, Oct 5th- Wichita State UniversityThursday, Oct 15- Baker UniversityFriday, Oct 16th- University of KansasThursday, October 22, Friends UniversityMonday, Nov. 2nd- Hutchinson CCFollow us on Twitter.
Of the total tickets still available, 34 000 are in category 4 (the most affordable, reserved for South African residents only), 28 000 in category 3, 23 000 in category 2, and 75 000 in category 1. Fans can check up on Fifa.com’s constantly updating ticket availability chart “For the final there are only about 800 tickets left, but for other matches it’s up to a few thousands”, Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said in a statement on Thursday. So far, 96% of the total of 2.88-million purchasable tickets for the World Cup have been sold. “The target is to reach about 97% or 98%, which would correspond with the figures from the past Fifa World Cups, and this would make us very happy,” Valcke said. According to Fifa, the additional 90 000 tickets become available for public sale following the finalisation of seating arrangements at the 10 match venues, and after adjustments to the various ticket allocations. “One thing is clear,” said Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa: “This is the last big inventory [of tickets] available for the public.” SAinfo reporter 27 May 2010 Football fans hoping to watch a 2010 Fifa World Cup™ match live have been given a “last chance for glory”. From 9am South African time on 28 May, around 90 000 additional tickets across all 64 matches – including the final, the opening game and the two semi-finals – will become available for public sale. In total, there are still about 160 000 tickets still available for the public via:The official tournament website www.fifa.com.The World Cup call centre hotline, open seven days a week from 8am to 10pm: 083 123 2010 (from within South Africa) or 0041445832010 (international).11 ticketing centres across South Africa’s nine host cities, open seven days a week from 9am to 6pm. Fans will have to show an ID document. Check the ticketing centre locations.18 Shoprite/Checkers sales points, open seven days a week. Fans will have to show an ID document. Check the sales point locations.About 600 FNB branches across South Africa, open five days a week. Here, fans can order tickets, make payment and get ticket confirmation immediately. However, the actual tickets will need to be collected either from one of the 11 Fifa ticketing centres or from one of the 18 Shoprite/Checkers sales points. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Clearing of the Hakskeen Pan has beenunderway since early in 2011. The Bloodhound car will reach a speedof 1 000 mph in under a minute.(Images: Bloodhound SSC) MEDIA CONTACTS • Peter Mckuchane GM, Northern Cape Tourism +27 82 467 2525 • Monwabisi Mkompela Spokesperson, premier’s office +27 53 838 2600RELATED ARTICLES • African eyes on the universe • Kimberley goes for gold • SA becoming a renewable energy hub • Human polar makes swim for peace • World first for SA extreme swimmersEmily van RijswijckThe Northern Cape province is aiming to become South Africa’s preferred extreme adventure and sports destination.The semi-arid region is home to breathtaking scenery and unusual nature formations and offers some of the best opportunities for abseiling, white water river rafting and deep cave diving in the country.But with its vast expanses and perfect thermal conditions, it also offers opportunities for lesser known extreme sports like paragliding, flying and landspeed records.With a new landspeed record attempt due to take place in 2012 at the 19 km long Hakskeen Pan, located about 160 km north of Upington, the world is taking note of what the province has to offer.The Northern Cape Tourism Authority promotes the province as a preferred adventure destination, says GM for business tourism Peter Mckuchane.He says the Northern Cape not only offers extreme sporting opportunities but is a destination of “extreme nature and extreme cultures”, aspects which add to the appeal of the province.Maloof Money CupIn September 2011 the Northern Cape hosted the first international Maloof Money Cup (MMC), an annual skateboarding championship that will take place for the next three years in the provincial capital, Kimberley.It was the first time that this American event was hosted outside its home base, and it attracted the best current world skating champions to South Africa’s doorstep.In signing the contract with competition founders the Maloof family, the Northern Cape provincial government showed its commitment and formal endorsement of skateboarding as a sporting discipline in the province, Premier Hazel Jenkins said at the time.Kimberley now boasts one of the world’s best skating parks and plans to introduce the sport to other parts of the province.The MMC was broadcasted internationally over three days and included a five-event skateboarding competition and skateboarding festival. Considered to be the world’s richest skateboarding championship, it has a total purse of R3.75-million (US$458 000).The event also turned out to be a real money spinner for Kimberley, with hotels and restaurants overflowing and extra workers hired to cope with the massive influx of fans from all over.Jenkins added that the event really galvanised the people of the Northern Cape. She is also excited about the possibilities which the province’s new role as host of the latest landspeed record attempt will bring to the area.“The opportunities it affords the province can act as a catalyst for the establishment of a science orientated university in the Northern Cape and offers tremendous tourism potential,” she said on welcoming the landspeed record hopefuls, the Bloodhound SSC team from the UK.Towards a new landspeed record The team, led by Royal Air Force Pilot Wing Commander Andy Green, the current landspeed record holder, were in South Africa earlier in November 2011 to promote the event. Green hopes to set a new record of 1 609 kph (1 000 mph) at the Hakskeen Pan in 2013.Green set the current record in October 1997 when he drove the Thrust SSC to a new world record of 1 227 kph (763 mph), in the process breaking the sound barrier and improving the previous record by 209 kph (130 mph).The latest attempt will take place at the Northern Cape pan, chosen over 34 others because of its near perfect conditions. Over 19 km long and 5 km wide, with a vertical variation of only 61 mm over the entire 2 km distance of the run, the pan’s surface is ideally hard and flat. The area offers ideal weather conditions, factors which were confirmed by Green and his team during their South African visit.For the attempt to be successful, the car must complete two runs within the space of an hour, with the average times calculated as the new record.“The ability to control the car’s stopping, and therefore the turnaround time, is key to the success of the record attempt,” the official Bloodhound website notes.Bloodhound is about more than breaking records, Green reminded the gathering.“Yes, we want to break the record, but we also want to create a global showcase for science and technology,” he said.“The UK, Europe and South Africa have a critical shortage of engineers and scientists. We hope the project will inspire young people to become engineers, mathematicians and scientists.”Parliament has already approved in principle the establishment of a Northern Cape university but the institution’s focus still has to receive the green light and will be subject to funding, Jenkins confirmed.Employment boostThe speed attempt will also bring about much-needed employment opportunities. Mckuchane says the province has undertaken to prepare Hakskeen Pan for the world landspeed record runs, with the first trials to start early in 2012.Additional job opportunities will be created running up to the event, with 315 unemployed locals tasked with clearing the track of stones and debris, critical for such a dangerous event as even the smallest stones become bullet-like at these speeds.The clean-up project will be undertaken through the national Expanded Public Works Programme and will take about six months to complete. The event is expected to spawn more opportunities in tourism and extreme sports.“The Northern Cape government believes the record attempt has the potential to generate a lot of future interest and if the attempt is successful, could turn the area into a tourist hub where similar events can be hosted in the future, as it will be the fastest track in the world,” says Mckuchane.The event alone is expected to bring thousands of spectators to the area.Thermal heights and cave depthsBut the Northern Cape also offers a host of other extreme activities. The province regularly plays host to international paragliding competitions, with the Paragliding World Cup taking place in March 2012 in the Karoo town ofDe Aar.The area is considered to be one of the top paragliding sites in the country because of the hot desert conditions which create massive hot air bubbles, providing the perfect lift for paragliders.De Aar itself is recognised as the home of cross-country paragliding in South Africa, and is the venue where numerous international and national paragliding records have been set in recent years.Extreme cave diving is another favourite and here the Northern Cape again has some of the most dangerous – and exciting – on offer.Boesmansgat is a unique sinkhole on the farm Mount Carmel where many world records in cave diving have been set and where a number of divers have lost there lives. The third deepest freshwater cave in the world, it was the scene of Nuno Gomes’s 1996 cave diving record of 282 metres.Unrivalled natural beauty The Northern Cape is South Africa’s biggest province, a dry land mass of 361 830 km2 which offers a surprisingly wide range of natural treasures, each with its own unique perspective on this sparsely populated region.There is the red sand veld and yellow grasses of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the Kalahari; the wild shrubs of the Karoo Hantam with its clear, star-studded evenings and the floral splendour and big skies of Namaqualand, to name but a few.The area also has a rich archaeological and geological history. Names like Nossob, Okiep, Ais-Ais, Aoub and Gannaga ring strangely in the ear, reminders of a time when the only human inhabitants here were the indigenous San bushmen, migratory hunter-gatherers who lived in simple harmony with nature.Later, white inhabitants moved into the area and added their own contributions: Kieliekrankie, Hotazel (Hot as hell) Riemvasmaak, Mier (Ant) and Pofadder, descriptive Dutch names which tell a visitor more than they may wish to know about a place.Today the area has a rich cultural diversity with Tswana, San, Nama and European all calling it home.It is here that you will find South Africa’s largest river, the majestic Orange and the country’s biggest waterfall, the Augrabies. The Eye of Kuruman, a natural fountain which is reputedly the biggest in the southern hemisphere is also located in this province, as is the biggest hand-dug mining excavation in the world, the 215m deep Big Hole of Kimberley.The driest province in the country is also the most colourful when Namaqualand rolls out its massive carpet of spring flowers from late July until October, splashing the brown earth in a breathtaking and abundant display of oranges, purples, whites and yellows every year.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are in the early days of the Presidency of Donald Trump. Regardless of which side of the political fence you stand, I’m sure you will be closely watching the activity out of Washington D.C. Based on the first few days of the Trump administration, the status quo will not be standard business as usual out of the nation’s capital.I’m not sure that President Trump and his administration are going to have the luxury of a “honeymoon” period associated with the next four years. It is obvious that the country is deeply divided on many “hot button” subjects such as trade, health care, immigration, and the size of government to name a few. Both supporters and detractors have taken strong stances on nearly every issue and solutions to problems are being hotly debated. Mainstream and social media are full of examples of the contentious discussions taking place in society today. It will be very interesting to see if he will be able to live up to his campaign promise of “Making America Great Again.”I am optimistic enough to think that America is a great country but it is not perfect and could use a little repair work now and then. I have a similar opinion of the beef industry today as well. While we all have various reasons to be involved to be in the beef industry, most of us have a passion for what we do and relish our role in helping feed our country and the world. We are proud to be involved in the beef industry but should be honest enough to recognize that there’s always room for improvement.I get the sense that public has become greatly frustrated with the entire political process. This probably explains the results of the November 2016 election. Now more than ever, it is important that you become engaged with our elected official about issues that are important to your family and way of life. This is particularly true when it comes to beef industry issues such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Country of Origin Labeling, the GIPSA rule, the Waters of the United States rule, and the “death tax” to name a few. It does little to complain about a political action if you are not willing to speak up and voice constructive concerns during the lawmaking process.While an individual can have a small impact on government issues, they certainly can have a large impact on their own beef enterprise. The beef industry, like nearly all aspects of production agriculture, has experienced a great deal of price volatility throughout this decade. While current price levels for all classes of beef cattle have declined significantly from the recent historic highs, there is still ample opportunity for producers to stay viable in this industry.Now more than ever, producers must treat their beef enterprise as a business and implement management strategies to keep them profitable for the foreseeable future. Regardless if you are involved in cow-calf, stocker, or feedlot enterprises, you must consider all proven and potential practices and technologies to remain competitive in this business. Look around and you can see how rapidly things are changing. Input costs and market prices are more volatile than ever, the consumer increasingly wants to know how their food is produced and expect more choices and quality options, and we continually evolve into more of a global economy where the impacts of imports and exports resonate on the farm.Now more than ever, it is important to become a member of your local, state, and national cattle organizations. We cannot expect people outside of our industry to promote our product and fight for the issues that are near and dear to us. It is our duty to the beef industry to understand the issues that threaten our livelihood and speak out individually and through the strength in numbers that a cattlemen’s organization can provide.Speaking about becoming involved, don’t forget about the upcoming 2017 Ohio Beef Expo. It will be held on March 17-19 and is certainly one of the most popular events for Ohio cattlemen to attend. This event attracts over 30,000 participants from 25 states and Canada each year. The Expo includes breed sales, shows and displays, educational events, a highly competitive junior show and a large trade show with many exhibitors. The Ohio Beef Expo will be held at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus. For more details about the Ohio Beef Expo, go to: http://www.ohiobeefexpo.com .
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India lost their second position to Sri Lanka, while Australia maintained their place at the topThe Indian cricket team dropped a rung to third but Virat Kohli continued to top the batting chart in the latest ICC one-day rankings announced on Wednesday.India lost their second position to Sri Lanka, while Australia maintained their place at the top of the heap.Sri Lanka’s 3-2 series win over England helped them gain one ratings point to move up to 112, the same ratings points as India.However, when ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, Angelo Mathews’ side edged out India.In the individual rankings, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained steady at sixth followed by Shikhar Dhawan at eight spot (a loss of one position).Rohit Sharma entered the top-20 at the the 20th position.Among the bowlers, seasoned off-spinner Ravindra Jadeja slipped a position to fifth to be only Indian in the top-10.Elsewhere in the list, off-spinners James Tredwell of England and Sachitra Senanayake of Sri Lanka entered the top 20 for the first time at the end of the five-match ODI series between the two sides that finished at Edgbaston on Tuesday.Sri Lanka claimed the five-match series 3-2 after they sealed the fifth and final ODI with a six-wicket win on Tuesday.Tredwell jumped 18 places to a career-best 12th with 627 ratings points, while Senanayake vaulted 20 places to 13th, with 623 ratings points.Both Tredwell and Senanayake claimed nine wickets in the series. However, Senanayake had a better average of 15.11, while Tredwell’s haul came at an average of 18.44.advertisementMeanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan moved up two places to seventh in the rankings for ODI batsmen, in the only positive movement inside the top 10.Dilshan was the highest run-getter in the series, with 222 runs at an average of 44.40.South Africa batsman AB de Villiers occupies the second place and Australia’s George Bailey holds the third position.
Civil services aspirants are agitating against more weightage given to English in the exam.The civil services examination will be held as per schedule on August 24, the Indian government declared on Thursday in Parliament, while saying that consultations will be held with various parties and stakeholders on the matter after the current session.”As for this year, there is no scope for postponement of (UPSC preliminary) examination,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said as opposition created uproar in Rajya Sabha demanding an all-party meeting immediately.Civil services aspirants are agitating against more weightage given to English in the exam.Naidu said the UPSC issue requires “deep” study and discussion with political parties and other stakeholders as there are both sides of the argument about the CSAT in UPSC.”…after the session, government is ready to discuss it with all” to reach a consensus, he said, adding the government has taken a correct decision in this regard and minds of students should not be disturbed.As members insisted for all-party meeting before August 24, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prakash Javadekar said there is already a view among many members that it will not be possible to find a solution to the issue immediately.”An all-party meeting has to take place to discuss wider reforms. We will inform about the date later on,” he said.Earlier, government had announced marks of English will not be included for gradation or merit in UPSC exam.As soon as the House met for the day, opposition parties including SP and BSP raised the issue and demanded that government should immediately call an all-party meeting to resolve the matter as it affects lakhs of students.advertisementIn the Lok Sabha, AIADMK leader M Thambidurai made a strong plea that the UPSC exam should be conducted in all regional languages to provide level-playing field to students from all over the country.