FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Brad Myers for WSAZ:A long line of job seekers waited outside the Big Sandy Community and Technical College Wednesday, long before a job fair even opened.“It tells me there are jobs here,” Kelli Hall, BSCTC Dean of Career Education and Workforce Development said. “There are people wanting to work. We have a good strong work ethic here. There are employers here who want to hire our folks.”Hall says with coal on the decline, it’s important the people of this region focus on the future.“The coal industry has declined as we all know in eastern Kentucky, West Virginia and surrounding areas,” Hall said. “We get that, but it’s our job to create new industry and diversify our economy. That’s what were doing here today is getting coal miners back to work in new careers.”More than two dozen employers turned out for the job fair, which was hosted by Kelly Services in partnership with Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky. Toyota is looking for applicants for various positions in Georgetown, Kentucky. There are various positions, which start at $16 an hour.Another company looking to hire is Team Fishel, a Utility Construction Company out of Louisville.“We were overwhelmed when we saw it when we first got here,” Christa Druin, who serves as the Kentucky Division Manager for Team Fishel said. “We were thinking this is fantastic because in Louisville, the unemployment rate is so low. The labor pool is so small, and that’s one of the reasons we come to these job fairs is because we know there’s people that are willing to work and want to work.”Druin says Team Fishel is leading the way in a project called Kentucky Wired, an initiative to bring broadband Internet by way of fiber optics throughout the state of Kentucky. An effort that means hundreds of well-paying jobs right here in our area.“Don’t just think that it’s just for fiber,” Druin said. “There are multiple opportunities. We need mechanics. We need operators. We need directional drill people, overhead electric. There are so many positions. We’re looking for people that will show up every day. Don’t think that you have to have the experience, because we will teach you.”Full article: Hundreds of job seekers turn out to job fair in eastern Kentucky Long Lines at Job Fair in Eastern Kentucky
BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE RACEShenandoah Mountain 100One of the first 100-mile endurance mountain bike races, the Shenandoah Mountain 100 attracts the best pros and hardiest amateurs in mountain biking. The course is classic Harrisonburg singletrack and fire roads.“Many bikers just want to hang out, drink beer, and ride slow—which is great, but the race is tough, no matter what pace you ride. The first one [ten years ago] was epic. None of us knew whether anyone would finish. There are so many more riders doing it now, and every year, they get faster and faster. More singlespeeds too. I’ve been riding it since its first year, and I’m still getting passed by 50 year olds, so I don’t see why I should quit now.”—Mike Buchness, one of only four SM-1,000 Club members NEXT BEST2. Night Train, Fontana, N.C.3. Snake Creek Gap Time Trial, Dalton, Ga.4. Wild 100, Slatyfork, W.Va.5. Cohutta 100, Cohutta, Ga.6. Black Bear Rampage, Ocoee, Tenn.7. Stump Jump, Spartanburg, S.C.8. Off-Road Assault on Mount Mitchell,Old Fort, N.C.9. Massanutten Hoo Ha!, Harrisonburg, Va.10. 24 Hours of Big Bear, Hazelton, W.Va.FAVORITE BIKE CLUBSORBASORBA (Southern Off-Road Biking Association) is the largest and most successful bike club in the region, with chapters in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. For decades, SORBA has led the charge for mountain bike advocacy in the Southeast.BEST ROAD CYCLING RIDETour de Tuck This century ride (actually 105 miles) through Western North Carolina is arguably the toughest century in the Southeast. Most agree it’s one of the best. The Tuck has more Blue Ridge Parkway miles of any century in the region.“Cyclists are masochists. The more elevation gain, the happier we are. Starting at mile 20, you’re climbing for the next 60 miles. It separates the fast pack from those that are just looking to finish. The highlight of the course is the descent from Waterrock Knob to Balsam Gap. It’s a totally unadulterated, no-need-to-put-on-your-brakes downhill. You’re cruising at 40-45 miles per hour the whole way. It’s one of the best descents anywhere.” —Scott Baker, Sylva cyclist and creator of the Tour de Tuck route NEXT BEST2. Three-State, Three-Mountain, Chattanooga, Tenn.3. Bridge to Bridge, Lenoir, N.C.4. Six Gap Century, Dahlonega, Ga.5. Mountain Mama, Monterey, Va.6. Cheat Mountain Challenge, Snowshoe, W.Va.7. Miracle Hill Cycling Challenge, Greenville, S.C.8. Big Walker Century, Wytheville, Va.9. Smoky Mountain Wheelmen Fall Century, Loudon, Tenn.10. Blood Sweat and Gears, Boone, N.C.BEST TRIATHLON1. Sandman Triathlon, Virginia Beach, Va.2. Nation’s Triathlon, Washington, D.C.3. Duke Live Center Half-Ironman, Raleigh-Durham, N.C.4. XTERRA East Championship Triathlon, Richmond, Va.5. Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon, Va.6. 3Sports Triathlon, Richmond, Va.7. Big Lick Triathlon, Va.8. Tsali Challenge Triathlon, Wesser, N.C9. Watauga Lake Triathlon, Boone, N.C.10. Beast of the East Triathlon, Hiawassee, Ga.BIKING HEROTrail Builder Woody KeenWoody Keen has established himself as one of the leading trail builders in the country. He and his staff have worked in 25 states and two foreign countries, doing everything from building trails to developing trail management plans for land managers. In the Southeast, Keen is responsible for designing and building some of the most popular trails in Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest. How did you get involved with trail building?When I got into mountain biking, I started looking at what was working on trails and what wasn’t working, then asking why? Why did certain trails hold up while others eroded? I studied at a number of workshops, one thing led to another, and I started leading volunteer trail days at DuPont State Forest. Then I got a call from Biltmore Estate. They had an expanding trail system with some problems and needed a consultant. We’ve been working with them for six years now. Not a bad first client to have.What kind of shape are our trail systems in?We have really bad trail systems in the Southeast. 80 percent of our system is comprised of old timber roads that weren’t designed for sustainability. Literally, most of these trails were built before the word sustainability was even in the dictionary. The problems are exacerbated by high use and extreme weather. Every trail is supposed to be flowy. They should all go up and down because that’s how you shed water, and a trail that changes elevation quickly and frequently is more interesting to be on.What’s your favorite trail?Professionally, I think people love Green’s Lick in Bent Creek, N.C. near Asheville. That’s probably our signature trail right now.BEST ROAD CYCLING RACETwilight CriteriumA super-fast professional criterium on a loop through downtown Athens, Ga., at night. The Twilight has become the highlight of the USA Criterium Series, drawing thousands of spectators every year.“I wanted to put on an event that showed bike racing as a spectator sport. So we decided to run it at night for the added entertainment value. We had 40 riders in the first race. Now we cap the pro field at 150 riders and draw 35,000 spectators. Everything feels flashier because it’s at night. The colors, the lights, the riders feel like they’re riding faster. We used to call the race ‘cycling on steroids,’ but we’re trying to get away from that slogan now.”—Gene Dixon, creator of the Twilight Criterium NEXT BEST2. ING Capital Criterium, Washington D.C.3. Assault on Mt. Mitchell, Spartanburg, S.C.4. 24 Hours of Booty, Charlotte, N.C. and Columbia, Md.5. Tour de Georgia, Dahlonega, Ga.6. Mountain Road Classic, Kasson, W.Va.7. Greenville Classic, Greenville, S.C.8. Wintergreen Ascent Hill Climb, Wintergreen, Va.9. River Gorge Omnium, Chattanooga, Tenn.10. Smith Barney Classic, Spartanburg, S.C.BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILTea Creek Mountain, W.Va.Six miles of super-technical Slatyfork downhill with the South’s toughest boulder garden thrown in for good measure.“People want to ride the trails they hear about in magazines, but they don’t realize how hard it’s going to be. Tea Creek is fairly technical for the average rider. The big rock garden is fun to try to pick your lines and ride through, but really, it’s all about the descent. It can be fast if you’ve ridden it enough. No one that I know of locally can ride the whole rock garden, except maybe Jeremiah Bishop on a 29er full suspension. I’d like to get him up here and set that up.”—Kristy Lanier, pro mountain biker and owner of Dirt Bean in Marlinton, W.Va. NEXT BEST2. Squirrel Gap, Brevard, N.C.3. Pandapas, Blacksburg, Va.4. Mountaintown Creek, Ellijay, Ga.5. Pinhoti Trail, Dalton, Ga.6. Black Mountain Trail, Pisgah Forest, N.C.7. Torrey Ridge, Waynesboro, Va.8. Thunder Rock Express, Ocoee, Tenn.9. Forks Area Trail System, Edgefield, S.C.10. Raccoon Mountain, Chattanooga, Tenn.BEST ADVENTURE RACE1. Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure Race, Blue Ridge, Ga.2. Odyssey Endorphin, New River Gorge, W.Va.3. Goldrush 24-Hour AR, Woodstock, Ga.4. Lionheart 24-Hour AR, Ohiopyle State Park, Pa.5. Primal Quest Sprint Series, Various locations.6. SOAR, Highlands, N.C.7. Black Beard AR, Outer Banks, N.C.8. Overmountain Extreme AR, Morganton, N.C9. Red River Gorge American Classic, Pine Ridge, Ky.10. Muddy Buddy Adventure Race, Richmond/AtlantaBIKING MOMENTS OF THE YEARWill Frischkorn takes the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, proving to the biking world that clean riders can succeed…Jeremiah Bishop wins the national marathon mountain bike title…The final two loops at the Forks Area Trail System in South Carolina are completed, adding almost eight more miles of fast, flowing singletrack to this new system…Peace is settled between hikers, bikers, and land owners surrounding Mountaintown Creek Trail in North Georgia.
The CFPB finalized updates to Home Mortgage Disclosure Act reporting requirements Oct. 15 that increased the transactions required under Regulation C.New required information included the property value, term of the loan and the duration of any teaser or introductory interest rates. Lenders will also be required to provide more information about mortgage loan underwriting and pricing, such as an applicant’s debt-to-income ratio, the interest rate of the loan and the discount points charged for the loan. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Melvin Lawrence “Larry” Norris, 74, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away February 5, 2017 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born September 23, 1942 in Hamilton County, Ohio, son of the late Melvin Elmo Norris and Rita Alma Norris.Larry was a life long, mechanic and auto body man.He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Aurora, Larry was an avid bible scholar who loved to share his bible knowledge with others. He was an avid reader and had vast knowledge in many areas. Larry was a multi-talented person with a mechanical mind who enjoyed building hot rods and kit cars. He was also a steamboat enthusiast. Larry would help anyone in need and was well liked by all those who know him. He enjoyed the company of the family and shop cats.Surviving are his wife, Patricia “Pat” Norris of Aurora, IN, daughter, Laureen Norris of Aurora, IN; siblings, Jack (Barb) Norris of Cincinnati, OH, Betty (Roger) Pegram of Moores Hill, IN, Kathy (Rick) Pike of Cincinnati, OH; cousin, Charmaine Lay of Cincinnati, OH; several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents Melvin and Rita Norris and a brother, Michael Norris.Services will be held at the convenience of the family.Contributions may be made to the PAWS or Scratching Post. If you would like to make a donation, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com
Edward “Eddie” Robert Oliger, age 98, formerly of Osgood passed away on Wednesday, September 26 in O’Fallon, MO. Eddie was born in Osgood on March 25, 1920 the son of the late John and Elizabeth (Schultz) Oliger. He grew up in Osgood and was an Osgood Cowboy graduate.After finishing high school, he proudly served his country. Eddie entered the Army on December 5, 1942 and would give 3 years of dedicated service. He served during World War II and had the rank of Technical Sergeant at the end of his service.Upon his completion of service, he returned to his roots in Osgood and married Viola Mae on May 25, 1946. They were blessed with 2 children, daughter Barbara and son John. Eddie worked for years at Southeastern Indiana REMC, where he worked in accounting and served as office manager.Eddie was the true definition of an “Osgoodian”, he loved his town and could tell you just about anything that was going on. He could be found simply driving around and seeing the town and enjoyed keeping his home place in excellent shape. After the passing of his wife Viola in 2004, he remained in his home until 2012, and then moved to St. Louis to be with family.He is survived by daughter Barbara (Ron) Purdum, son John (Joyce), grandson Tim (Denice) Purdum, grandson Dan (Amanda) Purdum, granddaughters Jelena (John) Tompkins and Janelle (Ken) Colf, and great grandchildren Tyler, Abby, and Maelle.Fellow comrades, friends and family are invited to the visitation on Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 4-6 pm., to be held at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood. A Rosary service will be held at 3:45 on Sunday, also at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, October 1, 2018 at 10 am at St John Catholic Church in Osgood, the body will lie in state from 9:30 am until the time of services. Memorials maybe made out to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation in lieu of flowers, in the care of the funeral home.
(REUTERS)-Quinton de Kock top scored as all South Africa’s batsmen got among the runs in a score of 283 for three on the first day of the second test against New Zealand at Centurion yesterday.De Kock showed sparkling strokeplay in a brisk 82 as he and Stephen Cook became the first opening pair to feature in a 100-run partnership for South Africa since December 2013.Cook scored 56, Hashim Amla 58 and JP Duminy was 67 not out at the close along with captain Faf du Plessis (13).Left-hander De Kock had been sent up the batting order after Dean Elgar suffered a freak ankle injury on the eve of the Test, and he punished the loose balls as he cracked 10 fours on his way to 50.He was first man out after lunch, however, pulling Neil Wagner and being caught by Trent Boult on the boundary to end a first-wicket stand of 133.Cook went 20 runs later, taken in the gully by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson’s low catch off the bowling of Doug Bracewell.Amla survived a close lbw decision when on 17 to reach his 31st test half century before Wagner bowled one that held its line and took an edge to be snapped up by wicketkeeper BJ Watling.Duminy was given out lbw when he was on 44 but stayed after successfully reviewing the decision. With his place in the Test side under threat when AB de Villiers returns from injury, he will be hoping to get to his century when play resumes today.New Zealand won the toss and sent South Africa into bat on surface that did not provide the bowlers with expected assistance. Wagner had the best return of 2-51 off 22 overs.The outcome of this Test will settle the two-match series after the first was drawn last week when the majority of playing time was lost to a wet outfield in rain-hit Durban.SOUTH AFRICA 1st inningsS. Cook c Williamson b Bracewell 56Q. de Kock c Boult b Wagner 82H. Amla c Watling b Wagner 58J. Duminy not out 67F. du Plessis not out 13Extras (b-4 lb-3) 7Total (for 3 wickets, 88 overs) 283Fall of wickets: 1-133 Q. de Kock,2-151 S. Cook,3-246 H. AmlaTo bat: T. Bavuma, S. van Zyl, V. Philander, K. Rabada, D. Steyn, D. PiedtBowling: T. Southee 21 – 3 – 74 – 0,T. Boult 19.4 – 4 – 53 – 0,D. Bracewell 17.2 – 5 – 65 – 1, M. Santner 8 – 1 – 33 – 0,N. Wagner 22 – 4 – 51 – 2.
Franklyn Boodram will spearhead a 15-member team from Trinidad and Tobago for the final round of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championships (CMRC)to be held in just over two weeks’ time.Boodram, one of the three contenders for the 2016 group-four two-wheel drive (2WD) title,has confirmed that he will make the voyage to Guyana in an attempt to earn his maiden regional group-four title.His battle will not be an easy one with his two competitors being Jamaican Peter Rae and Barbadian Mark Maloney,both being seasoned campaigners on the international circuit and men with years of experience at South Dakota.Nonetheless, he will be confident of producing the goods in a dog-fight between the quickest two-wheel-drive machines on the regional circuit,Meanwhile,a host of group two competitors are also making the trip, with current CMRC group-two leaders Luke Bohla and defending champion Mark Gill among those,as well as Damien Nesbitt, Yasid Ali, Che Carrington,Haresh Nannan and Bridget Singh.Singh is the only competitor that will not move up to Group-Three, where they will meet David Lyons, Ravi Singh, Zacchary Boodram, Ronald Wortman and Paul Vieira. Vieira has already won the Group Three Championship with only the formalities to take place at the presentation ceremony.Meanwhile, the lone biker to attend Is Timothy Joseph who will fly the flag high at the CMRC super stock battle.Activities begin on Friday with official practice while Qualifying trials will take place on Saturday.Competitive racing is on Sunday and starts at 08:30am.
The Gun Violence Memorial Project is another work of remembrance created by MASS. The memorial comprises four glass houses made of 700 bricks representing the 700 lives lost each week to gun violence in the United States. Within each brick is an object of significance from a victim of gun violence provided by the families. The memorial’s goal is to stop treating victims of gun violence as statistics or numbers and instead make it personal to show that each victim was an individual, precious life lost, according to MASS Design Group’s website. MASS Design Group executive director Michael Murphy spoke about the importance of integrating sustainability and ethical practices into architecture at the USC Wong Conference center Wednesday night. Accompanied by senior principal partner Kelly Doran, the two discussed how their nonprofit incorporates justice with beauty and creates carbon positive buildings that are the future of architecture. MASS Design Group is a team of more than 120 architects, craftsman, researchers and artists who are reimagining the building process from design to construction. They prioritize using locally sourced, high quality wood, brick and tile to reduce environmental impact through the entire supply chain. This ensures that the project is durable and will last without the need for continual repairs that create waste and require more materials. They also focus on using ethical labor by hiring from within the community of a new building site, which ultimately facilitates long-term economic growth. In addition to pursuing more ethical construction practices, MASS is committed to promoting social justice through their projects. The company designed and built the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala., to recognize the ongoing impact of slavery and racial terror. In addition to his efforts abroad, Murphy is implementing his vision of a more sustainable future in his hometown of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The once thriving fringe city experienced a mid-century population decline, he said. Many buildings, which have been abandoned for decades, are now uninhabitable and most companies are not up to the task of restoring the city. MASS Design Group designed the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, to recognize past and ongoing racial injustice against African Americans. (Photo courtesy of Ron Cogswell / Flickr) The company uses local artisans for everything from bricks to lamps woven from banana leaves. One mason, Ahkiza from Rwanda, has supplied MASS Design group with his stonework for years. As a nonprofit, MASS works wherever they are needed. An office is now open in Poughkeepsie and many sites across the city have been preserved and refurbished to better serve the community, with some sites now serving as cultural centers, Murphy said. The monument consists of 800 steel tablets suspended from the ceiling, one for every county where lynching occured and each with the name of a victims and the date of their death. “I saw his TED Talk when I was in high school, and it’s honestly the reason I decided to get into architecture school,” Kidde said. “I really hope that a lot of what he’s doing with taking a step back and looking at architecture as a nonprofit business design. I hope that that can take off in the future.” This integration of architecture and activism captivated the audience, which was made up primarily of USC architecture students. Devin Kidde, a junior majoring in architecture who has admired MASS and Michael Murphy’s mission for years, thinks that this sustainably focused design model is where the architecture business is heading. When his team arrived in Poughkeepsie, it sought to repurpose abandoned spaces while still preserving the U.S. history that is frequently lost during urban renewal. “This was an old garage which held the trolleys that went up and down Main Street — I had no idea what it was,” said Murphy, who did the design for free so that the project could get built. “But just pulling back that front door and seeing that it was this beautiful old piece of infrastructure, connecting with another nonprofit there, asked if it could be a new art and cultural space.” “MASS Design Group’s identity as a design firm is based on it’s assertion of having a mission to research, build and advocate for architecture that promotes justice and human dignity,” said Milton Curry, dean and professor at the School of Architecture. Murphy, Doran and MASS know that they cannot change the world’s infrastructure alone, but they hope to act as a leading example of how others can change the world through whatever their medium may be. “The making of the building, aside from fasteners and tools, was entirely of the place and sourced 10 kilometers of the site,” Doran said. “Economically, this has a profound impact. The construction of this project is $250,000. Not a penny of that was spent on materials aside from a few nails and tools, so that all went into labor.” “When developers come to the city of Poughkeepsie at the end of a late market cycle, they inevitably find that the margins are too slim in order to invest and they give up,” Murphy said. The memorial originally debuted in the Chicago Cultural Center in September, and the reaction was so profound that Murphy decided that they had to continue expanding. “We’ve seen ongoing entrepreneurship emerge,” Murphy said. “We worked very closely with a series of masons and one of them is a gentleman by the name of Akiza. We still work with Ahkiza today, he has continued to do that same masonry work for 10 years with us and in doing so has started his own masonry guild.” “When you come up to it, you’re brought into this selective journey where you are forced to read and engage with the actual history of these places, by county, by name, by date,” Murphy said. “And then inquire, ‘Where are we?’” Wednesday night,(from left to right) MASS Design Group senior principal partner Kelly Doran and executive director Michael Murphy speak to an audience of architecture students at the USC Wong Center.(Tate Schmergel | Daily Trojan) Doran presented on the recent MASS project in Rwanda, which aims to build a new campus for the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture. The project exemplified the benefits and possibility of using locally sourced materials and labor for a large-scale project. “It was amazing to see that this is an active, living memorialization process, one that gave us real hope that this could go to a larger scale,” Murphy said. “Could we continue collecting objects, fill thousands of these bricks and then take the project all over the country — one for every state, one for D.C., one for native lands — and put 52 of these on the National Mall?” “This emergence, this illumination, is a commitment to what I call the construction of dignity,” Murphy said. “That we have the possibility to do more with what we have in front of us.”
The Ireland squad have been given a day off today ahead of Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland.Martin O’Neill took the decision last night to cancel this morning’s scheduled training session in order to allow his players some extra down time this week.At the mid-way point of the Group D qualifying campaign, O’Neill admits that it’s still hard to predict which teams will progress and which ones will lose out.
Georgia Oboh By Olawale AjimotokanIt was not a good start for Georgia Oboh at her maiden Ladies European Tour (LET) after the teenager failed to make the final cut at the Canberra Women’s Classic at Royal Canberra Golf Club in Australia.But it was Anne Van Dam from The Netherlands that surged home on the final nine to win the Canberra Women’s Classic at Royal Canberra Golf Club by three strokes: her third LET title inside six months and her fourth overall. Oboh went into the competition with a ray of hope but her debut on LET was not impressive after the Nigerian finished in joint 131 amidst 144field of players on day one to miss out from the cut.Oboh blamed her poor form to not getting completely comfortable on the greens and her late arrival at the tournament due to long flight delays from South Africa where she competed on the Sunshine Ladies Tour.The 18-year-old, however, admitted that this was a baptism that will propel her forward and help her adapt to life on the tour.At a tournament which had some of the best players on the Ladies European Tour including Dame Laura Davies and a host of other past Solheim Cup players, other top players from South Africa who also missed the cut included the winner of the South African Women’s Masters Leján Lewthwaite and long drive champion Phillis Meti from New Zealand.With this disappointing outing, Oboh now turns her attention to the Women’s New South Wales Open at Queanbeyan, which is just 20 minutes from the venue of last week’s tournament at Royal Canberra Golf Club between March 7 and 10, where the Nigerian hopes to improve on her form.To emerge winner, van Dam began the day as joint leader on 11 under and dueled with defending champion Jiyai Shin (Republic of Korea) through the back nine before picking up four shots in the final four holes with a final round of six under par 65.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram