HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — Oregon teachers are eligible for COVID-19 shots before senior citizens after Democratic Gov. Kate Brown decided to prioritize reopening schools. The decision has outraged older people and underscores the moral dilemma state and local officials across the U.S. are facing as they decide who’s first in line for the vaccine. Ethicists say America hasn’t faced such a stark moral calculus in generations. Everyone from the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions to communities of color and front-line workers are clamoring for the scarce vaccine. And each group has a compelling argument for why they should get priority.
The increasing reliance on analyzing large volumes of data is becoming more and more prevalent across a broad spectrum of verticals that seek to maximize profits and deliver better services to their customers.The choppy waters of today’s global economy mandates that financial institutions stay operationally nimble, which is why analytics are becoming more of a necessity rather than an option to drive revenue.This is especially true for smaller credit unions that may have limited strategic resources but strive to increase membership, improve ROI and grow their business.And the numbers pointing to the sheer brawn that big data can bring to a credit union’s bottom line is compelling and makes its strategic implementation a no-brainer.A recent Nucleus Research study showed that an incremental 241% ROI can be generated by applying data to business decisions. That’s a huge boost for credit unions that know how to use a vast wealth of customer data to make profitable decisions. continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, may have affected global commerce and tourism in recent weeks, but it is likely to have little to no impact on tourism in East Nusa Tenggara, according to the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA).ASITA chairman Abed Frans said this was due to the fact that Chinese visitors only accounted for a small percentage of annual foreign tourist arrivals in East Nusa Tenggara.“Our tourism is free from any disruption caused by the deadly virus, as Chinese tourists only represent a small number of foreign visitors in East Nusa Tenggara,” he said in Kupang on Wednesday as quoted by Antara news agency, adding that the province mostly received an influx of tourists from Australia, the United States and Europe. He said the viral outbreak had yet to have a significant impact on Indonesia in general, since China remained the number two biggest international tourism contributor to the country after Malaysia.Read also: [UPDATED] Suspected Wuhan coronavirus in Indonesia: What we know so far“We feel grateful for the government’s decision to halt all flights to and from China for the foreseeable future as part of an effort to break the virus’ global infection chain,” Abed added.Indonesia imposed a travel ban to and from mainland China on Wednesday, preventing people who have been in China in the previous two weeks from visiting or transiting in the Southeast Asian country amid fears about the spread of the coronavirus, which was first detected in Wuhan.Read also: ‘It will start at midnight’: Indonesia insists on travel ban despite China’s protestThe government has also suspended visa-free and visa-on-arrival provisions for Chinese citizens.As of Wednesday, the coronavirus had killed at least 492 people in mainland China, one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines and spread to more than 20 countries, according to Johns Hopkins CSSE. (rfa/wng)Topics :
Former track federation president, Lamine Diack, has been sentenced to two years in prison for corruption during his nearly 16-year tenure at the IAAF, most notably a scheme that allowed Russian athletes who paid millions in hush money to keep competing when they should have been suspended for doping.The guilty verdict in a Paris court represented a spectacular fall from grace for the 87-year-old Diack, who was the powerful head of the IAAF from 1999-2015 and mixed with world leaders and was influential in the world of Olympic sports. The court also sentenced Diack to another two years of suspended jail time and fined him €500,000 ($590,000).His lawyers said they will appeal, keeping Diack out of jail for now.Diack did not comment as he walked out of court.One of Diack’s lawyers, Simon Ndiaye, called the verdict “unjust and inhuman” and said the court made his client a “scapegoat.”Diack was found guilty of multiple corruption charges and of breach of trust, but acquitted of a money laundering charge. Among those in court, and thrilled by the verdict, was French marathon runner, Christelle Daunay.She competed against one of the Russian athletes, runner Liliya Shobukhova, who later testified to investigators about illicit payments to hush up doping.Beaten by Shobukhova at the 2011 Chicago Marathon, Daunay was a civil party to the case.Speaking after the court awarded her damages totaling €45,000 ($53,000), Daunay described the verdict as a victory for all athletes who were robbed of prizes and results by having to race against competitors who should have sanctioned, but instead paid to benefit from the doping cover-up.“Behind my mask, you can’t see it, but I’m smiling,” she said. “I’m pleased, too, for all the athletes. We have to keep up the fight against doping.” At the trial in June, prosecutors requested a four-year jail term and a fine of €500,000 ($590,000) for Diack, who oversaw an era when Usain Bolt made track and field wildly popular, but whose legacy was trashed after his arrest in France in 2015, and the subsequent revelations of widespread malfeasance.Diack, wearing a white robe, sat impassive in front of the chief judge as she read out the guilty verdict and sentence.The judge, Rose-Marie Hunault, detailed his role in the payoff scheme, dubbed: “Full protection,” that squeezed Russian athletes suspected of doping of about 3.2 million euros ($3.74 million) in hush money.“The money was paid in exchange for a program of ‘full protection,’” she said, adding the scheme allowed athletes who should have been suspended “purely and simply to escape sanctions.”RelatedPosts Ex-IAAF boss, Diack faces four-year jail term Ex-IAAF boss Diack admits to delaying doping cases Ex-IAAF boss Diack’s trial to start June 8 “You violated the rules of the game,” the judge said.Tags: IAAFLamine Diack
Lazio win the Italian Super Cup. photo via @iF2isRiyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Lazio won the Italian Super Cup for a fifth time on Sunday, defeating Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus 3-1 in a game played in the Saudi Arabia capital of Riyadh.“We did something magical tonight,” said Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi.Lazio, the only team to have defeated Juve in Serie A this season, were in front through Luis Alberto after 16 minutes.Paulo Dybala levelled just before the break after a shot from Ronaldo was parried into his path by Lazio’s Albanian goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.Despite boasting the attacking talents of Ronaldo, Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain, it was the Roman side who looked more likely the next to score.Bosnian international Senad Lulic restored Lazio’s advantage in the 73rd minute with an impressive volley.Danilo Cataldi added a third in the fourth minute of stoppage time from a free kick after Juve’s Uruguayan midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur had been sent off.Lazio had already defeated Juve 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico in Serie A two weeks ago — until Sunday that was the only defeat suffered by Maurizio Sarri in his time as coach.“We did something magical — to beat Juve twice in two weeks is incredible,” Inzaghi told Rai Sport. “I think this was another deserved victory for a strong team that always believed in our ideas.”The Serie A match in Rome was a world away from Sunday’s proceedings in the King Fahd Stadium where women supporters were allowed to attend.Ronaldo was the main reason the fans came to watch and Juve obviously took the occasion on board with their famed black and white shirts sporting Arabic designs.Juve are no strangers to Saudi Arabia having won the Super Cup in Jeddah in January this year, beating AC Milan 1-0.The Turin giants had been looking to win the trophy for a ninth time.Juventus will now turn their attentions to defending their Serie A title.They are currently level at the top of the table with Inter Milan while Lazio are third, six points off the pace.Share on: WhatsApp
When you’re a team struggling to find anything positive in a losing season, changes are inevitable.Which is why the Nelson Leafs pulled the plug on a pair of Kootenay International Junior Hockey League deals to inject some life, and hopefully wins, into the Heritage City franchise.Leafs’ Head Coach and Director of Player Personal Mario DiBella announced Tuesday a deal that brings in two players that “helps us immediately.”Nelson acquired defenceman Brennan Grocock and forward Logan Wullum from the Creston Valley Thunder Cats in exchange for the Junior B rights of defenceman Austin Anselmo.DiBella was able to re-acquire Anselmo’s Junior B rights by trading defenceman Austin Steger to Osoyoos Coyotes.DiBella also sent netminder Ben Kelsch to Kamloops Storm for future considerations freeing up space at the netminding position where Jason Sandhu and Devin Allen remain. “(Logan) Wullum is a hard working, fast forward that has good hands while (Brennan) Grocock is a fleet-footed defenceman with an offensive flair,” DiBella explained.The 5’11” Grocock played two games for the Thunder Cats after starting the season in Golden while the 18-year-old Wullum played just 12 games for Creston.Nelson has been mired in a slump that has seen the team drop eight of nine games to fall to fourth in the Murdoch Division standings.However, DiBella remains optimistic there’s plenty of time in the season to right the ship.“During that span there were games where we played with less than a full lineup and we still out played teams . . . we just ran out of gas,” DiBella said.DiBella said both players practiced with the team Tuesday and will be ready when the Leafs travel to meet Castlegar Rebels Wednesday in the Sunflower City.Nelson, 9-12-0-0-2, trails the second-place Rebels and Grand Forks Border Bruins by four points in the standings. Castlegar has won seven straight games, including a 4-2 decision November 10 over the Leafs in a game Nelson outshot the hosts 47-28.Nelson hosts Grand Forks Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.ICE CHIPS: Austin Anselmo was dealt last season to Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. The Trail native, currently playing for the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, has five goals and eight assists in 19 games. . . . Nelson native Ben Kelsch never really found a home with the Leafs after being acquired from Creston in the preseason. The 17-year-old goalie had two wins in seven games for Nelson. . . . DiBella said forward Sam Weber is only player on the team bothered by injury.
–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 15, 2016)–Santa Anita Park’s all-new turf course got its first “close-up” in advance of its Autumn Meet opener on Sept. 30 as trainer John Sadler and jockey Mike Smith teamed with Hronis Racing’s 3-year-old Curlin Rules to work four furlongs in 48.80 Thursday morning.Accompanied by a Sadler stable pony, Curlin Rules came onto Santa Anita’s main track at 9:49 a.m., entered the turf course near the finish line and was kept well off the inside rail as he broke free from the pony heading down the turf course backstretch.“This is just like Augusta (National Golf Club, home of the Masters),” joked Smith as he came off the course. “This colt seemed to really like it. It’s like a brand new putting green and it’s only going to get better and better. We’ve got two more weeks (before opening day) and that’s going to help even more.”Santa Anita’s official clocking team had Curlin Rules striding through an opening quarter mile of 24.40.Comprised of a Bandera-Bermuda Turf mixture, the new course was installed this past June and will be ready for racing on opening day, day one of the 23-day stand which will be highlighted by the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 4 & 5.“We’ve had optimal growing conditions over the summer and we’re anxious to demonstrate this course is ready for prime time,” said Joe Morris, Vice President of West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group. “This grass is close knit and uniform and it’s designed for this climate. We’re pleased with the way both the hillside course and the oval look and with how the grass has taken root. With the Breeders’ Cup coming in November, we can’t wait to get started.”A maiden special weight winner going 1 1/16 miles on dirt here Feb. 21, Curlin Rules, a Kentucky-bred colt by Curlin, comes off a one mile turf allowance win at Del Mar on August 6.The public is encouraged to attend daily morning workouts at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner, which is located at the top of the stretch via Gate 8 off of Baldwin Ave. Admission is free and a full breakfast menu is offered from early morning training hours until 10 a.m. each day.First post time on opening day is at 1 p.m. For more information on Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet and the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 4 & 5, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily Beal, writer for The Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental SciencesThis time of year, Ohio State University fans around the world are getting ready to watch a Buckeye team make a run for a National Championship. Many, though, many not realize that there are already some 2019 champion Buckeyes that compete in a different type of venue. The Ohio State Dairy Judging Team proved it was the cream of the crop, placing first at the National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. this fall. The last time Ohio State won the contest was in 1986.The Dairy Judging Team placed first among 18 schools in the National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest on Sept. 30. Coached by Bonnie Ayars, The Ohio State University team placed seventh for reasons with a score of 788. The team consists of fourth-place overall individual Billy Smith and ninth-place overall individual Lauren Almasy along with Sarah Lehner and Ian Lokai. Almasy is a junior majoring in animal sciences and Lehner is a sophomore majoring in agribusiness and applied economics. Lokai is a junior majoring in animal sciences and Smith is a senior majoring in animal sciences.The team carried 10 pennies and a buckeye in their pockets in honor of former Dairy Judging Team Coach Pete Spike who owned a dairy farm named Ten Penny Holsteins.Ohio State’s team had already proven itself a force to be reckoned with, but no one knew if it would be able to capture the first-place prize. While the van trip to the event might have been entertaining, once the team reached Madison, it was show time. The members of the team were anxious. The day started at 6:30 a.m. with breakfast, and ended at 4:30 p.m.“They had bottles of Tylenol in the rooms because they knew exactly how we would be feeling,” Lehner said.Team members had to judge one class of dairy cattle at a time. Each class represented a specific breed, with four heifers, calves, or milk cows in the class itself. The students looked at each cow’s overall physical appearance. Did it have a good udder, a clean cut, a straight line, and functional feet and legs?The most stressful part of this process was the reasoning portion of the competition. During the reasoning section, competitors gave detailed descriptions as to why they placed a class the way they did. This required the individuals to hone in, focus, and stand by their selections.“Judging 12 classes and then going to give six sets of reasons requires a lot of brain power and definitely calls for a long day,” Almasy said.The reasoning process made the team members’ hearts beat a little faster. It filled their bodies with pent-up nerves and their brains with racing thoughts. After the reasoning portion of the contest, the teammates could all heave sighs of relief.While the competition results were full of suspense, the team, in the end, was victorious, beating The Pennsylvania State University’s team by a single exhilarating point. Finally, after the 33-year dry spell, the team brought home gold to the Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Department of Animal Sciences.When it came down to who would seize first and second place, all the team members could do was wait. Thoughts of winning the expo swirled in their heads, while thoughts of coming in second crept in, too. The team members were clinging to each other while anxiously waiting to hear those magical words: “In first place, Ohio State!”After the agonizing wait, they hollered, they hugged. Some cried.While dairy judging is not a typical extracurricular activity, the team and coach Bonnie Ayars worked long, diligent hours with the team getting ready for the contest.“It’s just like coaching any other sports team. We have a playing field; we have an arena. Ours is just made of sawdust, not turf,” said Ayars, who is also a program specialist in the CFAES Department of Animal Sciences. “On this team, all four were steeped in the dairy industry and had a real passion for it.”Ayars herself is no stranger to the dairy industry. Coaching Ohio State’s Dairy Judging Team for the past 14 years, she has been a staple of its success. She and her husband, both dairy show judges, run their own dairy farm.“It all came natural — my kids judged, I judged. There was no choice in the household, really,”Billy Smith, a member of The Ohio State University Dairy Judging Team. Photo provided by OSU CFAES.Ayars said.The team members’ crazy schedule and weekend trips have allowed them to form special bonds with one another. Explaining cattle isn’t all they talk about; they share life experiences with each other as well.“I can sincerely say my teammates are some of my best friends,” Almasy said.Taking a van to contests hours away has been a primary force of this bond that’s been created. The teammates have eaten together, stayed in hotels together, laughed together, and shared some secrets in the van.“Let’s just say what happens in the van, stays in the van,” Smith explained with a smile on his face.While the team attributes the endless hours of cattle-evaluation practice to their success, they also believe luck was on their side while standing on those green shavings.“I always say, ‘Luck is what happens when skill runs out,’” Ayars said.Before the team’s victory, the members struck a deal with Ayars — one she did not think she would have to honor. As the team discussed the possibility of winning, they also began talking about Switzerland, the home of the Brown Swiss cattle breed.“Well, one thing led to another, and soon enough Bonnie was telling us that if we won the Expo, she would take us to Switzerland,” Smith said.A deal is a deal, and on Nov. 26, the team left to see those special Brown Swiss cows in Switzerland.Watching the team talk about Ayars, it is clear to see that the team looks up to her and regards her as a mentor.“Bonnie is very well respected by the industry and knows her cows. For her to coach a team to win, that says something,” Lokai said.As for Ayars, she is confident that no matter where life might take these four individuals, they will have wild success. That’s the thing about cream — it always rises to the top.
Lockheed Martin, the U.S. defense giant, has announced plans to build a 10-megawatt generating plant that uses variations in ocean water temperatures to generate electricity. The plant will be built off the coast of southern China.The technology is called ocean thermal energy conversion, or OTEC. According to report by the Reuters news service, the closed system uses a liquid, such as ammonia, that boils in a heat exchanger in the presence of warm ocean water to create steam and drive a turbine. Cold, deep-sea water is pumped through another heat exchanger to condense the ammonia vapor back into a liquid.Dan Heller, a Lockheed Martin executive, said the plant will be the largest OTEC plant ever built. It will provide electricity for a new luxury resort on Hainan Island and is one of several plants in development by other countries and private companies around the world. Southern China is an “ideal” location for such a plant, the company said in an announcement about the deal.Lockheed said the agreement, which was announced April 16, could lead to the development of plants generating as much as 100 MW of electricity.Reignwood Group, the Thai developer that signed the deal, said the new resort would be a net-zero energy development.Although OTEC sounds exotic, even futuristic, the U.S. Department of Energy says it was first proposed more than 130 years ago by a French physicist named Jacques Arsene d’Arsonval. The first OTEC plant, constructed in Cuba in 1930, was able to produce 22 kW of electricity.
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