Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgPhoto via SM East Athletics Twitter account.SM East boys tennis eeks out regionals win. SM East’s boys tennis team will look to three-peat as state 6A champions next week after edging out Blue Valley North for the regionals title Saturday. SM East took both first and second place in the singles competition, with senior Brooks Kendall defeating SM East sophomore Jack Santilli in the title match. The state tournament is this Friday and Saturday at Riverside Tennis Complex in Wichita.SM East girls swim team are Sunflower League champs. SM East’s girls swim and dive team earned their tenth straight Sunflower League title Saturday. With 330 team points, the Lancers had enough to hold off second place Lawrence Free State, who finished with 318. SM East’s 200 medley relay team of Sarah Allegri, Annie Mann, Bonnie Longan and Madeline Peters took first place with a 1:50.38, and Logan won the 100 backstroke with a 58.36. State competition will be May 23 and 24 in Topeka. SM East has won the state title each year since 2010.Roeland Park man finds live grenade in box of items from grandfather. A Roeland Park man’s discovery of a live grenade in a box of items his grandfather had brought him Sunday led emergency crews to evacuate eight homes in the vicinity as a bomb squad diffused the explosive. [Man finds live grenade in his home — KCTV5]Leadership Northeast celebrates 25th graduating class. The Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Northeast program recognizes its 25th anniversary this week — and the chamber is hoping alumni will help year’s graduates celebrate. The program’s 25th class will graduate this Thursday during the program’s traditional closing luncheon. The featured speaker is Ed O’Malley, CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center and a former state legislator. The event will be Thursday, May 15 at the DoubleTree of Overland Park. The lunch will run 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $35. RSVP to Lauren Vaughan at 913-262-2141 or [email protected]last_img read more

Feeling the Silverburn

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Once-secret, now-closed UFO program confirmed by Pentagon

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. government until 2012 ran a program for investigating reports of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, the Department of Defense confirmed to ABC News.As first reported by The New York Times and The Washington Post, the once-secret program was funded from 2007 to 2012. According to The New York Times, DOD spent $22 million on the program.“The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ended in the 2012 timeframe,” the Pentagon told ABC News in a statement. “It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding and it was in the best interest of the [Department of Defense] to make a change. The [Defense Department] takes seriously all threats and potential threats to our people, our assets, and our mission and takes action whenever credible information is developed.”According to initial reports, the program investigated years of reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and the program was funded at the request of former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, who has expressed interest in investigating unexplained phenomena in outer space.Reid took to Twitter after The New York Times report was released, saying, “This is about science and national security. If America doesn’t take the lead in answering questions, others will.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

More than 1,100 distressed mortgage holders in Donegal could be given lifeline

first_imgA new state-backed finance scheme could help ease the anguish of over 1,100 distressed mortgage holders in Donegal. This comes following the news that 1,129 households in Donegal have owed an outstanding debt for the last two years, while 870 of those have been in debt for at least five years – according to new figures. Despite the scale of the repayment problem by mortgage holders, figures from the Department of Housing show that not one household in the county availed of the Government’s Mortgage To Rent scheme.A Government-approved mortgage to rent provider Home For Life (HFL) is spearheading a drive to enable mortgage holders in unsustainable debt to stay in their current homes debt-free as long-term tenants of their local authority.HFL insisted that they could come up with a solution in many cases of serious mortgage liabilities.At the recent Home For Life (HFL) Advisory Board meeting at the Fr McVerry Trust headquarters in Dublin were Paul Cunningham, CEO HFL, Fr Peter McVerry and Charles O’Reilly Hyland, Chairman, HFL. Pic: William PowerThe company works with homeowners, lenders and the local authority to keep unsustainable mortgage holders in their current homes, avoiding upheaval for families.Paul Cunningham, CEO of Home For Life, said: “I was surprised to find that of the 1,129 cases in Donegal, none had found a solution through mortgage to rent. “This may be due to the fact that councillors, community leaders and advisors were unaware up to now that the Government’s Mortgage to Rent Scheme was a real deliverable solution for homeowners whose mortgages are unsustainable and are at most acute risk of losing their homes.”Under the scheme, a property is sold to Home For Life and then leased back to the State through the local authority which, in turn, sublets the house or apartment back to the homeowner. The homeowner pays an affordable income-based rent to their local authority.More than 1,100 distressed mortgage holders in Donegal could be given lifeline was last modified: November 19th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:debtMortgagemortgage debtlast_img read more

Ghosting

first_imgGhosting can occur in many parts of the candidate/employee lifecycle. Three points in time specifically stand out to me – the applicant, the candidate, and the new hire – where HR partners, recruiters and hiring managers can make some changes to minimize their chances of being ghosted. What is common between all three of these? The importance of timely communication! The Applicant Online job boards make it so easy for people to just click and apply. When I get an applicant from one of these sites that look good, I’m excited, but not that hopeful. I’ll usually call or email but not hear back. However, the sooner I reach out after they’ve put their application in, the more likely I am to get a response. I put my email address in the job postings, so if someone takes the extra step to apply and send me an email, I’m more likely to reach out to them because they’ve explained that they’re serious about their search and interested in the role I have posted. It’s common to be ghosted in the applicant process because at this point people have no skin in the game because they’ve never interacted with you. The Candidate Someone who’s applied does return your call or email. How are you going to keep them engaged throughout the process? I can easily tell if one of my candidates prefers phone or email. I can tell if they do better with multiple one-line emails going back and forth, or if they will read/process one longer email with everything they need to know. Since candidates are driving the bus in the current market, it’s important for HR Reps/recruiters to adapt to their candidates’ communication preferences. Timing of feedback is another important aspect. If you leave a candidate floating out there for over a week with no feedback after an interview, they may already be on to the next opportunity. The New Hire What can you do now to minimize the chances of being ghosted once someone has shown up for their first day? In the industry I work in, manufacturing, it’s definitely a candidate driven market and there is a skills shortage in my area for machinists and mechanics. People care about more than base pay, and they need to offered a great place to work and other perks because otherwise they will have no problem going down the street to the competitor for 25 cents more an hour. To limit your chances of being ghosted, really evaluate what your employee value proposition is and how you’re explaining that to applicants and candidates, and then how you’re walking the talk once they start. Another important aspect is to build a relationship with that new hire starting on day one. People are less likely to ghost someone they know well and respect.last_img read more

Semplici: ‘Bennacer deserved red’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ SPAL Coach Leonardo Semplici was unhappy with Krzysztof Piatek and Ismael Bennacer after his side’s 1-0 defeat to Milan last night. Suso came off the bench to score the winner for Milan, but the result didn’t go down well with Semplici, who felt Piatek wrongly tried to con the referee into awarding a penalty and that Bennacer should have been sent off. “I’m angry because Milan deserved to win, but I’d like to watch back the goal and Piatek’s position, plus the possible second yellow for Bennacer,” said Semplici to Sky Sport after the match. The result left SPAL stranded in the relegation zone, with a missed opportunity to climb out of the bottom three. “We are small and of little interest to people, but we work hard to do what we need to, like everyone else. Maybe we would have lost anyway, but… “We have to look for improvements in various aspects of our game and we know what we need to do. “It did not go how we wanted, but we know our path and we’re convinced we will come through this complicated situation.” The Biancazzurri have a crucial game coming up against fellow strugglers Sampdoria on Monday.last_img read more

6th ODI: New Zealand beat Sri Lanka to seal series win

first_imgNew Zealand clinched a 4-1 series victory over Sri Lanka by winning Sunday’s sixth game of the seven-match one-day series by 120 runs.Kane Williamson made 97, Ross Taylor 96 and Corey Anderson scored 40 and took 3 for 37 as New Zealand defended their total of 315 for 8, dismissing Sri Lanka for just 195 in 40.3 overs in a match laced with umpiring controversy.New Zealand’s strong form bodes well for the upcoming World Cup, which they co-host with Australia. Their six innings in the series so far, including the rained-out second match in Auckland, have contained four centuries by four different batsmen and five half-centuries by five different players.New Zealand and Sri Lanka meet in the opening World Cup match in Christchurch on February 14.Williamson and Taylor provided the foundation of the New Zealand innings with a partnership of 117 for the third wicket which lifted the home side to 176 for 3 and ended when Taylor ran out Williamson in the 35th over.Taylor atoned by going on to make a large score but also fell with a century in sight. New Zealand were on target for a score close to the 360 for 5 they achieved on the same pitch in the fifth match on Friday but the innings fizzled with three run outs.There was some early controversy when New Zealand opener Martin Guptill (28) had two let-offs: one when he was surprisingly given not out to an lbw appeal when the Decision Review System was out of order, and another when the TV umpire ruled an edged delivery had not carried to Kumar Sangakkara despite the Sri Lanka wicketkeeper appearing to get his gloves under the ball.advertisementGuptill fell soon after, given out caught behind on replay review after the field umpire initially said not out. Tillakaratne Dilshan (21) and stand-in captain Lahiru Thirimanne (29) gave Sri Lanka a slow but sound start in their run chase, putting on 56 in 13 overs for the first wicket.Kumar Sangakkara then took over the leadership role and scored 81 from 66 balls in an effort to propel Sri Lanka to a win which could keep alive chances of squaring the series. But he was party to two of the three run outs that blighted an innings that rapidly deteriorated from 146 for 3 to all out for 195.Left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori, returning to the side for his 284th one day international to overtake Stephen Fleming as New Zealand’s most-capped one-day player applied the brakes in the middle overs, bowling eight overs for 22 runs.Kyle Mills also returned to the New Zealand lineup after missing the previous matches in the series while recovering from injury. He bowled six overs for 29 runs. Anderson took the role of the wicket-taker and dismissed Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene (9), Dimuth Karunaratne (9) and Thisara Perera (2) to enforce New Zealand’s claim to a series victory.”It was a thorough performance today against a very good Sri Lankan team,” New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said. “The way we went about posting 315 and the partnerships we built along the way was very clinical and the bowlers did a very good job as well on a very true surface.”Sri Lanka’s third-straight loss to New Zealand may cause some concern with only one match remaining in the series in Wellington on Thursday and with the World Cup fast approaching.”Our concern is death bowling,” Thirimanne said. “We bowled 30 or 35 overs very well but the last 15 overs but we couldn’t get wickets and we also leaked runs.”Our fast bowlers don’t have much experience so it’s a learning curve for the younger bowlers and hopefully we can make it right in the World Cup.”last_img read more

Doping result overturned, Chinese athlete gets back Asian Games gold medal

first_imgChinese hammer thrower Zhang Wenxiu was stripped of her gold medal after positive doping resultThe Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on Wednesday announced that they will return the Asian Games gold medal to Chinese hammer thrower Zhang Wenxiu after her positive doping result was cancelled.The OCA disqualified Zhang and took back her gold medal after her sample showed the presence of banned substance Zeranol, two days after her victory on September 28, last year, reports Xinhua.”Because of these findings, the Olympic Council of Asia disqualified the athlete and withdrew her gold medal, in accordance with the applicable OCA Anti-Doping Regulations,” said OCA.Zhang filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in October 2014 and had the OCA’s decision overturned.”In April 2015, following further testing performed by independent specialists, the Olympic Council of Asia was informed that such testing had established that the presence of Zeranol was, as Ms. Zhang asserted, the consequence of the consumption of contaminated food, i.e. the consumption of the Mycotoxin Zearalenone, and that Ms. Zhang did not ingest the prohibited substance detected in her sample,” said OCA in the statement.”Based on this new information and supported by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Olympic Council of Asia recognises that Ms. Zhang did not return an Adverse Analytical Finding for the presence of Zeranol, nor therefore commit an Anti-Doping Rule Violation during the 2014 Asian Games,” it said.”Accordingly, the Olympic Council of Asia will return the gold medal to Ms. Zhang.”last_img read more

ADAM MAKES MOST OF SECOND CHANCE

first_img17 Year-old Adam O Keefe can appreciate the skills and longevity of many of the competitors at the 2007 National Touch League (NTL) Senior tournament, a lot better than most.Adam is a Level 4 referee whose father Phil is a member of the 2007 Mets Men’s 50s Team competing at the NTL.Adam and fellow whistleblower 16 year-old Tom Ralph, stand out with their fresh faces, wide eyes, and youthful enthusiasm – a complete contrast to the environment that they are operating in over the next four days.The air reeks of maturity, life experience, and a familiarity and respect forged from many years of battle on touch fields around the nation. There are firm friendships and fierce rivalries everywhere you look that provide an insight into the proud history of our game as well as the passion that burns brightly still in the hearts and minds of the veterans of our sport.The legs might be a bit slower, the recoveries might take a bit longer, the sub box rules might have a few of our golden oldies searching for an instruction manual (like the rest of us!) – but the brain, guile, skill level, and the determination and will to win is firmly in check.These players are masters of their game, and after a lifetime of competing they have earned the title, a fact not lost on young Adam O‘Keefe.“It’s great to be here. To be refereeing my first Adult NTL is a big deal. I reckon seeing my Dad still running around is fantastic and to see all these other people enjoying running around and achieving things makes me see how much you can get out of yourself no matter how old or young you are. It’s inspirational. I’m having a ball.” Adam said.It’s ironic that the Year 12 Loyola Catholic School student talks about being inspired by others.The quietly spoken, unassuming, and ever smiling young man can lay claim to some pretty inspiring qualities himself.When Adam was seven he was diagnosed with leukemia.The Penrith youngster waged a courageous three-year fight with the insidious condition and after several health scares and a difficult battle to regain full health, used refereeing to springboard himself back into normal life.“Dad played at Penrith and it was a way of getting fit and being involved so I started refereeing and found that it was a lot of fun. Guys like Steve Ryan (Level 6) and Tony Doyle (Level 4) were really encouraging and have helped me out so much. I’d love to be a Level 6 someday and get to referee at International level. That would be the ultimate.” Adam enthused.Adam referees twice a week in the Adult competitions in Penrith and in recent years has attended the New South Wales Junior and Open State Cups, the 18 Years National Touch League, and the Regional championships, and admits refereeing is his passion.“I guess after being so sick, you do learn to appreciate every opportunity you get. I appreciate that I can run around – that I’m fit and healthy – that I’ll now be able to live to be as old as my Dad and participate in Touch. I really look up to top referees like Dave Baggio and Luke Mc Kenzie who make it look easy and I hope with hard work and by getting more experience I can get there too.” Adam said.Adam plays cricket and baseball as well and is a very good student who is eyeing a career in physiotherapy down the track.For now though, his goals are simple.“I just want to go for it everyday. Live each day to its full and get everything out of myself, I’d love to be running around like the guys who are participating here when I’m their age. That’s a pretty cool achievement.” Adam mused.I dare say some of the guys running around would think Adam’s participation in this tournament is a pretty cool achievement in itself.last_img read more

Mark Dantonio Appeared To Subtweet Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Before Deleting Tweet

first_imgJim Harbaugh and Mark Dantonio shaking hands after a game.EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh Michigan Wolverines shakes hands with head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans after a 32-23 Michigan win at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Earlier tonight, Michigan lost a commitment from three-star defensive lineman Rashad Weaver. Weaver claimed the Wolverines staff stopped reaching out to him, and that head coach Jim Harbaugh had told him that there was only a 50/50 chance he’d have a scholarship for him on National Signing Day next week. Shortly after the Weaver news began circulating, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio dropped a somewhat-cryptic tweet consisting only of the phrase “The righteous shall prevail.” This would appear to be a not-so-veiled reference to the Michigan situation, and Dantonio quickly deleted the tweet. But, Twitter being Twitter, you know someone got a screen shot of it before it disappeared.Lol mark dantonio quickly deleted this but I think we all know what he was referencing pic.twitter.com/G1YQa4QdW9— D2 (@ddycio) January 26, 2016 To add to the intrigue, Michigan State recruiting coordinator Curtis Blackwell tweeted the exact same thing.The righteous shall prevail….— Curtis Blackwell II (@MSUrecruiter) January 26, 2016Seems pretty clear what the intent was here. There is never a dull moment in college football recruiting, that’s for sure.[ Maize ‘N’ Brew ]last_img read more

Ranking The Big Ten Teams’ Schedules By Difficulty

first_imgOhio State's Darron Lee laying a hit on a Wisconsin player.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 06: Sam Arneson #49 of the Wisconsin Badgers loses the ball next to Darron Lee #43 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 6, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Buckeyes won the game 59-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Big Ten TVScheduling in college football is one of the things that makes the sport extremely unique. Even within conferences, the schedules are wildly unbalanced. Some top teams try to run the table, while others build in tough road games to boost strength of schedule rankings. Rebuilding teams may look to feast on cupcakes, or subscribe to the “hottest fire forges the strongest steel” theory.The Big Ten is no different. A few months ago, we ranked the most difficult and easiest schedules ahead of the 2016 season. The league was well-represented on both lists, with three teams a piece. Now, we’re ranking the slates for all 14 teams in the conference.Which teams are challenging themselves this season, and which are scheduling for success? Here is our ranking of the Big Ten’s schedules by difficult.Next: No. 14 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15last_img read more

Public Sector Transformation Programme Boosted

first_imgStory Highlights The programme, jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica, World Bank, and United Kingdom Department for International Development, aims to strengthen public resource management and support State institutions in facilitating a more enabling environment for private-sector growth. Achievements under the project, since its commencement in August 2014, include: strengthening of the Public Investment Management System and the budget preparation process; implementation of measures to promote fiscal sustainability; and fostering industrial growth and trade facilitation via the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ). The Public Sector Transformation Programme will be further boosted during the upcoming fiscal year, through a $1.32 billion allotment in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The Public Sector Transformation Programme will be further boosted during the upcoming fiscal year, through a $1.32 billion allotment in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The programme, jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica, World Bank, and United Kingdom Department for International Development, aims to strengthen public resource management and support State institutions in facilitating a more enabling environment for private-sector growth.Achievements under the project, since its commencement in August 2014, include: strengthening of the Public Investment Management System and the budget preparation process; implementation of measures to promote fiscal sustainability; and fostering industrial growth and trade facilitation via the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ).Work will continue in these areas during 2019/20, as also 2020/21 with an additional allocation of $735 million.The project is slated for completion in September 2020.last_img read more