FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-This weekend, the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference announced the names of student-athletes that earned 2018 MRGC all-academic status and the Southern Utah ‘Flippin’ Birds’ gymnastics squad led the way with 19 all-academic honorees on the roster.These athletes include junior Kamryn Bayer of Gilbert, Ariz., freshman Jiang Braley of Arvada, Colo., freshman Julianna Dahlke of Irvine, Calif., freshman Mikaela DeFilippo of Abbottstown, Pa., senior Karen Gonzalez of Murrieta, Calif., senior Amber Heltemes of Coon Rapids, Minn., sophomore Madison Howlett of Temecula, Calif., sophomore Autumn Jorgensen of Orem, Utah, freshman Molly Jozwiakowski of Kirkwood, Mo., freshman Alyssa Ladieu of Rockwall, Texas, sophomore Madison Loomis of Hemet, Calif., sophomore Madison McBride of Orem, Utah, sophomore Megan McBride of Orem, Utah, freshman Hannah Nipp of Laguna Hills, Calif., freshman Mary Packham of Portland, Ore., sophomore Becky Rosza of Gilbert, Ariz., sophomore Emily Wilson of Vancouver, Wash., freshman Amanda Wiltsie of Layton, Utah and redshirt senior Kirsten Yee of Alisa Viejo, Calif.To be eligible for this award, a student-athlete must have a 3.2 cumulative GPA at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. June 18, 2018 /Sports News – Local Flippin’ Birds Lead Mountain Rim Gymnastics with 19 All-Academic Honorees Brad James Tags: Alyssa Ladieu/Amanda Wiltsie/Amber Heltemes/Autumn Jorgensen/Becky Rosza/Emily Wilson/Hannah Nipp/Jiang Braley/Julianna Dahlke/Kamryn Bayer/Karen Gonzalez/Kirsten Yee/Madison Howlett/Madison Loomis/Madison McBride/Mary Packham/Megan McBride/Mikaela DeFilippo/Molly Jozwiakowski/SUU Gymnastics Written by
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Home » News » Connells’ profits and turnover dip, latest results show previous nextConnells’ profits and turnover dip, latest results showCEO David Livesey is pleased with Connells’ performance and, despite the Brexit-based downturn, plans organic and acquisition-based growth.Nigel Lewis28th February 201901,412 Views Picture: Kremer Signs Connells has restated its commitment to the company’s 600 branches and 7,000 staff and revealed that it intends to expand through acquisitions and organic growth despite a patchy performance during 2018.The company has also once more dismissed hybrid/online only agencies following the closure of Hatched last year, saying they do not produce a ‘viable economic result’ nor give vendors the ‘best outcome’.Its latest results reveal that during 2018 the company’s sales were 7% down on the year before, helping push down its revenues by £5 million to £75 million. Profits were also down by nearly £10 million. Connells’ operating margin also slipped, although only by 1%.CEO David Livesey (left) says the business performed well despite “Brexit uncertainty continuing to weigh heavily on customers’ minds and depressed levels of UK housing transactions”.There was better news from elsewhere in the business. Income from its mortgage division increased by 10% and from its lettings activities by 5% while its surveying division increased its turnover by 4%.“Our core estate agency business performed well and we continue to benefit from a strong and diverse business model which is resilient to market change,” says Livesey.“We are pleased to deliver another good performance and our results reflect the quality of our people and the flexibility of Connells Group to respond to all circumstances.”The CEO also referred to recent investments in tech firms including, as The Negotiator reported in October last year, its backing of sales progression tool MIO. It has also backed alternative deposits firm Zero Deposits. February 28, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
Rain will fall Monday afternoon through Tuesday (Heaviest Tuesday Morning) before ending Tuesday afternoon.Main impact of the storm will be rain which will be heaviest Tuesday morning.As a result, expect street flooding, so give yourself extra time as you head out Tuesday morning. It will feel rather “warm” compared to what we are going through this weekend as temperatures could reach 50 degrees on Tuesday.We can expect total rainfall amounts between 1”-1.5” before ending Tuesday afternoon. Travel Concerns During the Storm:Monday morning expect slick roads as the snow is falling and temperatures remain below freezing.Tuesday morning rain could be heavy which will lead to some flooded streets in poor drainage areas.Monday Morning 7AM Temps Monday Morning- Light snow should arrive (Less than 1” expected) Big Changes As Next Winter Storm ApproachesAs we head into the crux of the Arctic Blast on Valentine’s Day, another winter storm is on the horizon for Presidents Day. This one will start out white but quickly go wet.A storm system will track to our west which will shift winds to a southerly direction bringing in “milder” air. Snow should spread into Ocean City Monday morning.Mix to Rain Should Occur Monday 10AM-1PMSince temperatures have been below freezing for several days, any snow that falls will quickly accumulate on the roads.Snow amounts will be less than 1” before a changeover to rain. Temperatures will start in the low 20s early Monday morning then quickly rise to above freezing by noon and eventually into the 40s late Monday. Monday Afternoon Tuesday AfternoonBy: Harry Holmes
A Ugandan boy speaking almost perfect English struggles to maintain his composure as he discusses his brother, who was kidnapped and killed by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a militant group led by indicted war criminal Joseph Kony.“We may meet in heaven,” Jacob Acaye says of his brother. He bows his head, covering his face with both hands, and begins to cry uncontrollably. A man’s reassuring voice is heard: “It’s OK, it’s OK.” He makes a promise to the sobbing boy, “We’re going to stop them.”Later, another boy, Gavin Russell, blond and smiling, sits in front of the same man — his father, Jason — as he slides a photograph of Kony across a table. “Can I tell you the bad guy’s name?” Jason Russell says. He pushes the photo closer. “Joseph Kony takes children from their parents and . . . makes them shoot and kill other people.”Gavin looks up from the photo, wide-eyed. “It’s sad,” he says. His father makes another promise: “We are going to make Joseph Kony a household name to bring his crimes to the light.”These two scenes come from “Kony 2012,” a documentary that has been viewed online more than 100 million times. Directed and narrated by Russell, the co-founder of the nonprofit Invisible Children, the 30-minute film was launched last March and instantly became a social media sensation.The documentary “Kony 2012” has been viewed online more than 100 million times. Devanesan uses the video to pose this question: What lessons does “Kony 2012” hold for social justice advocates? Image from “Kony 2012”Russell’s goal was clear: to raise awareness among young Americans about Kony’s crimes, which include the kidnappings of tens of thousands of children whom he forced to become soldiers and sex slaves, and build a community that wanted to see him arrested and tried for war crimes. However, critics said the video simplified the conflict in Uganda, and misled visitors to the site about the true demands of activism.Do mouse clicking and video sharing count as legitimate forms of grass-roots mobilization?Berkman Center Fellow Ruha Devanesan has been researching the “Kony 2012” campaign and its lessons. As executive director of the Internet Bar Organization, a nonprofit working to improve access to justice through technology, Devanesan has also led the design and implementation of several tech-focused social justice initiatives. She discussed her work on “Kony 2012” during a Feb. 19 talk at the Berkman Center (video here) and also in an interview with the Gazette.The first step toward momentum is generating engagement, said Devanesan.“You have to make the issue relevant to [people] somehow,” she says, “Invisible Children managed to take an issue far removed from the 14- to 25-year-old target segment and make it personally relevant.”As for the critique that the video simplified the conflict, Devanesan responded, “there has to be an entryway” to an issue; simplicity and emotion are two ways to open the door.Social justice campaigns seldom work through data-driven appeals to the intellect, so nonprofits often appeal to emotions, Devanesan said.“Amnesty International, for example, ran a series of short videos on torture. Those were more about using shock and fear as the emotional draw, as opposed to ‘Kony 2012,’ which uses empathy and sadness. Both appeal to emotions, just different emotions.A year later, it remains unclear whether “Kony 2012” has created a new template for leveraging social media. “If someone went out today and tried to replicate ‘Kony 2012,’ it would probably fail, because people have seen it already,” Devanesan said. Image from “Kony 2012”“The sweet spot lies somewhere in the middle,” she said, between appeals to emotion and providing more deep-dive information. “It might be that ‘Kony 2012’ simplified too much. Using a cute little kid in your video is like using a cat in your video. It pulls people in, because it’s endearing and charming,” but doesn’t provide much context.So what lessons does “Kony 2012” hold for social justice advocates?“The basic lessons are to simplify your message as much as you can without misrepresenting it, and to find a way for people to connect with it,” she said. “There’s also a need to create gateways in order for people to connect more substantively.”Soundbytes: Ruha Devanesan — Thoughts on the Fallout from ‘Kony 2012’In this talk, Ruha Devanesan, executive director of the Internet Bar Organization and a Berkman Fellow, explores thoughts on the successes and failures of the initial “Kony 2012” campaign. Devanesan addresses the way in which Invisible Children has responded to criticism and adapted its messaging to ask what lessons can be learned by the human rights advocacy community from “Kony 2012” and Invisible Children’s subsequent actions.A year later, it remains unclear whether “Kony 2012” has created a new template for leveraging social media. Devanesan explained that campaign strategies have shockingly short shelf lives. “You have to constantly innovate and draw lessons,” she said. “If someone went out today and tried to replicate ‘Kony 2012,’ it would probably fail, because people have seen it already.” Compassion fatigue plays a role; emotional appeals get stale.Devanesan pointed to one major lesson from the lightning-fast, even unmanageable growth of the “Kony 2012” campaign: Nonprofits should share know-how and resources to better harness core competencies.“I don’t think the nonprofit making the video needs to do the entire campaign,” she said. “Partnerships between different nonprofits implementing different aspects of the whole picture is the best way forward. A nonprofit may be very good at grassroots activism, for instance, but not so good at branding and messaging.”Despite its reach, “Kony 2012” has not been an unqualified success. Kony is still in hiding. And the question remains: Will the documentary’s tens of millions of viewers remain engaged, or have they moved on to videos of cuddly kittens?Devanesan is optimistic: “I believe that their increased awareness from ‘Kony 2012’ about the world outside the U.S. will play a role in their long-term global citizenship,” she said. Political engagement, even if begun through social media and informed more by the heart than the head, can last a lifetime.
Read Full Story People who had elevated blood levels of a toxic chemical called perfluorobutanoic acid (PFBA) had an increased risk of a more severe course of COVID-19 than those who did not have elevated levels, according to a new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. PFBA is part of a class of man-made chemicals known as perfluorinated alkylate substances (PFASs), which have previously been shown to suppress immune function.The study, published Dec. 31, 2020 in PLOS ONE, was led by Philippe Grandjean, adjunct professor of environmental health.PFASs have water- and grease-resistant properties and are used in a wide variety of products, including nonstick cookware, waterproof clothing, food packaging, and firefighting foams. PFBA, more than other PFASs, is known to accumulate in the lungs, according to the study.Researchers looked at PFAS levels in blood samples from 323 Danish individuals infected with the coronavirus. They found that those with higher PFBA levels had higher odds of being hospitalized, winding up in intensive care, and dying than those with lower levels.The findings suggest that further study is needed to determine whether elevated exposures to other environmental immunotoxicants may worsen COVID-19 outcomes, the authors wrote.
Low commodity prices for cotton, peanuts and corn have forced Colquitt County, Georgia, farmers to seek other crop options for this year’s growing season. Colquitt County is ranked among Georgia’s top 10 counties in watermelon acreage and farm gate value in 2014, according to the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. Colquitt County Cooperative Extension Coordinator Jeremy Kichler believes his county’s watermelon acreage will increase this year with farmers looking for that viable alternative.“Watermelons are more popular than row crops right now. Anything looks better than row crop commodities right now, to be honest,” Kichler said. “I believe the acres are up. They’ve got to be up. That’s attributable to low row crop commodity prices. People are trying to cut corners and stay afloat. We’re going back to basic production practices just trying to cut costs where we can.”Both Kichler and UGA Extension vegetable horticulturist Tim Coolong believe watermelon production this year has been good despite prolonged drought in the southern part of Georgia in May and early June, combined with soaring temperatures that are burning the remaining watermelons in the field. Coolong believes watermelon production will end in the next couple of weeks for most farmers.“I would say that overall yields have been pretty good. Prices are average; they aren’t great, but they are OK,” Coolong said. “We’ve had spots of disease, but we haven’t had anything terrible that I’m aware of. I think it’s probably been a decent year.”Coolong was told by farmers that watermelon prices were averaging 15 cents per pound for 45-count melons in late June. Those bins are reserved for fruit averaging between 13.5 and 17.5 pounds, totaling about 700 pounds for the bin.Lack of high disease pressure is attributed to a lack of rainfall in south Georgia. The UGA Tifton Campus received 5.39 inches from May 1 to June 30 this year, down from the 11.29 inches recorded in 2014 and 15.92 inches the year before, according to the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network.During that same timeframe, at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Colquitt County, 8.18 inches of rainfall were recorded, compared to 12.31 inches in 2014 and 12.15 inches in 2013.“I would say the decrease in watermelon diseases this year is due to the lack of rain, and growers tend to be on pretty good spray schedules,” Coolong said. “Disease management is key in watermelons, especially with foliar diseases like gummy stem blight, downy mildew and anthracnose. If farmers aren’t diligent with their treatments, they can be a problem. Fortunately, it seems we haven’t had a bad year with these diseases.”The week leading up to July 4 is peak market season for Georgia watermelon producers. This time of year, though, with the sun scorching the melons, most growers are finishing up production. Coolong estimates that 15 percent of Georgia’s watermelon crop was planted late, but the majority of those plantings are not expected to continue past next week.“Most Georgia farmers do not grow late-planted melons with the expectation of just trying to find somebody to sell them to,” Coolong said. “There’s too much input costs in terms of fungicide sprays not to have a guaranteed market. Most growers pretty much know where their fruit is headed when it is planted.”Watermelons are a south Georgia crop and accounted for $134.2 million in farm gate value in 2014.
Boulder Outdoor Specialty Group taps Waitsfield’s Pale Morning Media as public relations Agency of Record
The Boulder Outdoor Specialty Group, a collection of six of the best known and best loved brands in the outdoor world, will retain Pale Morning Media of Waitsfield as their public relations Agency of Record.Effective January 1, 2009, Pale Morning Media will be the official representative of Kelty, Kelty K.I.D.S., Sierra Designs, Ultimate Direction, Slumberjack and Wenger. We have stories of innovation, value and heritage that need to be told. Pale Morning Media has the ability, perspective and experience to help us tell those stories, said Kenny Ballard, president of the Boulder Outdoor Specialty Group.Though based in the Green Mountain state, Pale Morning Media has deep roots in Boulder. In addition to representing Kelty and Kelty K.I.D.S. since 2002, Pale Morning Media founder Drew Simmons calls Boulder his hometown.The expansion of Pale Morning Media s role follows the recent announcement of a new organizational structure in the Boulder Outdoor Specialty Group: making them more efficient, more connected, and more responsive than ever before.Pale Morning Media s work with the Boulder Outdoor Specialty Group will provide both individual brand initiatives as well as group-wide strategic balance. It s an extremely exciting time in Boulder. While the Boulder Outdoor Specialty Group is realizing the opportunities of a new vision, the city of Boulder itself continues to build on its prominence as the most influential city in the outdoor world, said Simmons.Bringing a Western background to a Northeast location, Pale Morning Media provides national and regional public relations support to a diverse portfolio of clients in the outdoor, athletic and travel markets. Pale Morning Media is based in the Mad River Valley of Vermont, a quintessential outdoor destination within driving distance of the world s most influential media markets. For more information on Pale Morning Media, please visit www.palemorningmedia.com(link is external).
(WBNG) — All appointments for Broome County mobile rapid-testing site are booked, according to the sign-up page website. 12 News will have more information about the new mobile rapid-testing site in its 6 p.m. newscast. In less than 24 hours ALL online appointments for the entire week have been booked for our COVID-19 mobile testing site. I will be announcing details for mobile testing next week (10/12-10/16) tomorrow. You can find other test sites in Broome County here: https://t.co/bBmpSIfSYp— Jason Garnar (@jasongarnar) October 6, 2020 Garnar says more details about the testing-site will be announced on Wednesday. Broome County Executive Jason Garnar tweeted that all appointments for the first week were booked in less than 24 hours after the testing site was revealed to the public.
The Georgia runoff is Jan. 5. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7. – Advertisement – Nonetheless, Raffensperger simply waved the white flag Wednesday, saying he would oversee a full hand recount of the presidential race to be completed by the certification date of Nov. 20.Raffensperger was left with little choice after nearly every Georgia GOP official rushed to throw him under the bus to appease the presidential contest’s biggest loser, Donald Trump. Joe Biden, who leads in Georgia by some 14,000 votes, doesn’t even need the state since he has already exceeded the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the election. – Advertisement – But Republicans are now undertaking “a hell of a gamble” running on Trumpism and Trumpism alone, as Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel told Markos and me on The Brief Tuesday (second half of the show). On Nov. 20, barring some outrageous development, Donald Trump will be officially certified the loser of Georgia’s presidential contest. Republicans will then be begging his base voters—many of whom outright despise and distrust institutions—to show up in January to send two mostly milquetoasty GOP candidates back to the U.S. Senate, one of America’s most storied institutions. Is that really a winning formula?And even as state Republicans double down on baseless conspiracy theories to enrage Trump’s cultists, they will need to inspire heavy support from suburban voters after Democrats won suburban Cobb and Gwinnett counties this cycle for the first time since Jimmy Carter claimed them in 1976, according to the Post. That’s one tricky needle to thread. But one thing we can always count on is that Republicans will continue to look out for Republicans at any cost—even if it means putting democracy itself on the line. – Advertisement – But Republicans in both Washington and Georgia are now pretending GOP state election officials presided over an unfair process because Trump and the two GOP incumbent senators didn’t prevail. “There is an epidemic of delusion that is spreading out from the White House and infecting the entire Republican Party in the wake of this election,” Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut told the Washington Post. “President Trump didn’t win the election. Every single one of my colleagues knows this.”Exactly, everyone knows Trump lost the state fair and square—14,000 votes is an unprecedented deficit to make up in a recount. But Senate Republicans are desperate to keep Trump and his most rabid supporters invested in the process in hopes that they will turn out in big numbers for the runoff on January 5. It’s an open question whether Democrats or Republicans will manage to stoke bigger turnout for those two races between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Raphael Warnock and Sen. Kelly Loeffler. The outcome will decide control of the upper chamber and, crucially, whether Mitch McConnell has veto power over the agenda of President-elect Joe Biden, who resoundingly won the popular vote by north of 5 million votes. – Advertisement –
US President Donald Trump said Friday that he will return to the campaign trail as he has recovered from the coronavirus, but next week’s debate with Democratic challenger Joe Biden has been canceled after he refused to take part in the proposed virtual format.”Will be in Sanford, Florida on Monday for a very BIG RALLY!” the 74-year-old Republican president tweeted, as he struggles to turn around the dimming prospects of the Nov. 3 presidential election.Biden, the 77-year-old former vice president, has seen his lead over Trump widen to a double-digit margin in some national polls, following last week’s first presidential debate, which saw Trump continually interrupt and personally attack his rival, and news that the president tested positive for the virus. Even though Trump has emphasized he has recovered from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus, the Commission on Presidential Debates said Thursday that the second presidential debate scheduled a week later would go virtual.The president refused to participate in such a debate, calling it “ridiculous” and that “they cut you off whenever they want.”Both Trump and Biden campaigns had come up with alternate plans, but they failed to bridge their differences.”It is now apparent there will be no debate on Oct. 15,” the commission said in a statement issued on Friday, adding that it “will turn its attention to preparations for the final presidential debate scheduled for Oct. 22.”The final debate will take place at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.The Trump campaign criticized the commission saying “there is no medical reason” to stop the Thursday debate in Florida from proceeding as scheduled, since the president will be “healthy and ready to debate.” It also proposed having a one-on-one debate “without the commission’s interference.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says on its website that a person who has COVID-19 should isolate for at least 10 days, or up to 20 days for those who are struck down with a severe case.Trump’s physician Sean Conley said Thursday that he fully anticipated the president’s “safe return to public engagements” on Saturday, saying it will be “day 10” since the diagnosis of his infection.Topics : Trump said in an interview on Fox News that was aired Friday evening that he feels “really good” and “very strong,” and that he is now “medication-free.”Asked whether he has been tested for the virus, he said, “I haven’t even found out numbers or anything yet but I’ve been retested and I know I’m at either the bottom of the scale or free.”Trump will also host on Saturday his first in-person event at the White House since testing positive for the highly contagious virus, with US media reporting he will address the crowd from the balcony.Trump will deliver his “law and order” message, which he has used to appeal to voters concerned over the racial unrest that has turned violent in some cities in the country, according to the White House.