Local Little League hopeful they can get the ball rolling

first_imgOriginally, Chesna said they were hopeful for a June 1 or June 15 opening date, but with the announcement schools across the state will remain closed for the rest of the academic year, Chesna said it may be pushed back. Chesna said based on the information he’s read, his understanding is if we reach a “Phase Two” level of reopening, recreational sports would be able to open. Chesna called the cancellation of the Little League World Series disappointing, but added playing any type of season would be a win. If there is a season, the league is working to implement new policies to keep the kids safe. Jude Abbadessa is a sophomore at Union-Endicott High School, and was a member of the 2016 Maine-Endwell Little League championship team. Maine-Endwell Little League President Joe Chesna says while the World Series and regional tournaments are canceled, the decision to have a regular season is up to individual states. Jude said being part of that experience changed his life, and it wasn’t just winning that brought he and the team together. TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — The Little League World Series may be canceled, but there is still hope for a local season to be played. center_img “I was just talking with my brother yesterday when I heard the news. I was like ‘imagine if I never won the Little League World Series. I’d be a different person, I’d have different friends. I’d have a different outlook on life and baseball.” Chesna also said they were exploring a phone app so parents can live stream games, rather than attend in person. “We’re looking at changing our game times to not have as much overlap, different options to have the kids outside the dugout, catchers being more removed from home plate, maybe they have to bat with a mask on.” While the waiting game to play baseball continues, Jude has advice for the young boys and girls hopeful they can have a season. “Keep working hard. It’s a minor setback for a major recovery. Instead of looking for the Little League World Series, strive for the College World Series, Major League World Series. Hit off a tee in your garage, set up a net, keep throwing. Don’t let this make you a worse player, get better.” “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter.last_img read more

Equifax reports major data breach

first_imgBatesville, In.— Officials from Equifax say as many as 143 million American may have lost personal information in data breach recently. Reports indicate hackers were able to get driver’s license numbers, social security numbers, birth dates, dispute documents, personal identifying information and in some cases even credit card numbers.There are steps to take to help protect your information from being misused. Visit Equifax’s website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.Find out if your information was exposed. Click on the “Potential Impact” tab and enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number. Your Social Security number is sensitive information, so make sure you’re on a secure computerand an encrypted network connection any time you enter it. The site will tell you if you’ve been affected by this breach.Whether or not your information was exposed, U.S. consumers can get a year of free credit monitoring and other services. The site will give you a date when you can come back to enroll. Write down the date and come back to the site and click “Enroll” on that date. You have until November 21, 2017 to enroll.You also can access frequently asked questionsat the site.Here are some other steps to take to help protect yourself after a data breach:Check your credit reportsfrom Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — for free — by visiting com. Accounts or activity that you don’t recognize could indicate identity theft. Visit IdentityTheft.gov to find out what to do.Consider placing a credit freezeon your files. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name. Keep in mind that a credit freeze won’t prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts.Monitor your existing credit card and bank accounts closelyfor charges you don’t recognize.If you decide against a credit freeze, consider placing a fraud alerton your files. A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name really is you.File your taxes early— as soon as you have the tax information you need, before a scammer can. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Respond right away to letters from the IRS.Indiana attorney general Curtis Hill estimates 3.8 million Hoosiers may have been compromised.last_img read more

Fired Officer Derek Chauvin Taken into Custody

first_imgThe officer knelt on the neck of George Floyd for eight minutes has been taken into custody in connection with his death.The arrest of Derek Chauvin was announced by Minnesota DPS Commissioner John Harrington.Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has said he will announce new developments in the Floyd case at 1 p.m., suggesting that criminal charges may soon follow.Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of Minneapolis PD, was fired on Tuesday following Floyd’s death on Monday.The arrest was made by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which has been conducting the investigation into Floyd’s death.Video taken at the scene showed Chauvin holding his knee to Floyd’s neck for several minutes, with Floyd saying “help” and “I can’t breathe” while he was held.Three other officers at the scene have also been fired. At this stage there are no word on arrests of these men.The state attorney says the fired officers are not cooperating with law enforcement.While the National Guard has deployed 500 armed troops to the city of Minneapolis to prevent any further rioting.last_img read more

City League Roundup

first_imgCONTROLLING THE GLASS—Marritta Gillcrease of Perry grabs a rebound in front of Schenley players. Gillcrease controlled the boards but it was not enough as Perry fell to Schenley 36-29 in overtime in a City League playoff game, Feb. 25. (Courier Photos/William McBride) by Malik VincentThe quarterfinals in the girls City League playoffs began with the defending champions Perry being eliminated by Schenley on Saturday at home. The contest required an extra period in which Schenley outscored its opponent 8-1, and walked away with the 36-29 victory to advance to the semi-final round that will commence on March 2. Taylor Smith and Shamauri Phillips, both juniors, led the Spartans with 10 points each. Latosha Fortson had a game-high of 11 points for the Commodores. Other quarterfinal games Feb. 25:1. Allderdice pounded Oliver, 64-30. Lanise Saunders (16), Janay Bottoms (14), and Sydnee Abernathy (14) all ended up in double-figures for the Dragons. Oliver was led by Sakeenah Johnson with 15 points.2. Brashear ousted Langley, 48-32, behind Ebony Brown’s game-high 24 points. Nautica Buchanan also had double-figures with 11 points for the Bulls. Desiray Weston led the Mustangs with 11 points of her own.3. Westinghouse eliminated Peabody, 54-14, in the last game ever for the Highlanders. Jasmine Myers had a game-best of 18 points. RoiShay Woods also contributed with 12 points for the Lady Bulldogs. Semaj Pamplin led all Peabody scorers with 5 points.GIRLS SEMIFINALISTS1. Allderdice (16-0, 19-4)2. Westinghouse (14-2, 18-5)3. Brashear (12-4, 15-6)4. Schenley (7-9, 8-14)#1 Allderdice vs #4 Schenley at Brashear March 2 at 7:30pm#2 Westinghouse vs #3 Brashear at Allderdice on March 2 at 7:30pmBOYSThe City League boys concluded their regular-season Feb. 23 and begun the playoffs with eight of the nine teams qualifying for the playoffs. All eight teams played in the quarterfinals Feb. 28 after the Courier press time. The eight teams qualifying for the playoffs are: Perry vs. Westinghouse, Allderdice vs Brashear, Carrick vs. Peabody, and Schenley vs. Oliver. The winners will play March 2, with the championship game being played March 4.RESULTS:1. Allderdice defeated Carrick, 60-54, behind four double-digit scorers, led by Justin Dobbs with 16. JaJuan Thomas led the Raiders with 11 points.2. Brashear edged Langley, 61-57, despite the Mustangs having two players with 20-plus point performances. Jamie Acie led all scorers with 22 and Jamil Alteri had 20. Daejuan Tucker led the Bulls with 13.3. Perry snuck past Westinghouse, 52-49, behind Marcus Smith’s 15 points. David Pryor led the Bulldogs with 11 points.FINAL REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS:Team Conf. Overall1. Perry 15-1 19-32. Allderdice 12-4 14-73. Schenley 11-5 14-84. Carrick 10-6 12-85. Peabody 9-7 10-86. Brashear 5-11 5-177. Oliver 5-11 5-178. Westinghouse 4-12 6-169. Langley 1-15 1-21Semifinals: March 2 at 6 p.m.Perry vs. Carrick, at Allderdice.Schenley vs. Allderdice at Brashear.City League QuarterfinalsPerry cruises to easy victory March 1Only one City League team defeated Perry in the regular season. The Commodores just might make sure it doesn’t happen again. Marcus Smith scored 26 points to lead top seed Perry to a 93-56 win Monday against visiting Westinghouse in a City League boys quarterfinal.“The guys came out and played their game,” Perry coach Marco Corona said. “We want to do well in the city playoffs and beyond.”Greg McGhee added 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Commodores (20-3), who scored more than 90 points for the fifth time this season.Darrelle Burton led the Bulldogs (6-17) with 17 points.Allderdice 65, Brashear 32: Justin Dobbs had seven 3-pointers among his 27 points to lead the defending champion Dragons (15-7) to the victory against the visiting Bulls (7-16). Jordan Smith led Brashear with 10 points.Carrick 84, Peabody 55: Jaquan Wheaton’s 17 points topped six Carrick players scoring in double figures, as the host Raiders (13-8) advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2008 with the win against Peabody (10-9). Dontae Forte scored 18 points for the Highlanders.Schenley 55, Oliver 39: City League scoring leader Brandon Johnson netted 17 points to push the Spartans (15-8) to the win against visiting Oliver (5-18). Lamontae Harrison paced the Bears with 17 points.last_img read more

Mater Dei Prep Grateful for Quality Coverage

first_imgTo The Editor:Thank you. We at Mater Dei are grateful for TRT casting a positive light on our situation. We live in a time where the media looks for the negative aspect of events. TRT and its staff have shown the entire nation what good, quality reporting is all about. It’s responsible reporting like this that make me proud to live in this wonderful part of New Jersey.Joseph Buzzanco Middletownlast_img

Ford Fiesta up for grabs during the Leafs final KIJHL regular season game

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsSaturday, during the Leafs game against the Creston Valley Thunder, two lucky fans will get an opportunity to shoot for a 2011 Ford Fiesta.The chance occurs during the second-period intermission of final Kootenay International Junior Hockey League regular season home game for the Leafs.“Two fans, one selected from the list of second-period shooting contestants during the season and one from the program buyers at Saturday’s game receive a chance to shoot for the Ford Fiesta,” said Leaf president Russell Stocks.The two contestants receive one chance from center ice and must score on the Fiesta Shootout board over the goal.The Ford Fiesta shoot to win is the highlight of what promises to be an evening of fun and games.Also for fans at the game is a Wheel of prizes game. For $2, fans have a chance to spin the wheel to receive prizes donated by Nelson and District Community Complex, Save On Foods and Nelson Ford.The Leafs are also donating some of the game proceeds to the Children’s Hospital Child Heath of B.C. The foundation, an initiative of B.C. Children’s Hospital, is a network of health authorities and health care providers dedicated to excellence in care of infant children and youth in B.C.Executive decision to bring coach Shaw back It’s not even playoff time and the Nelson Leafs executive is already planning for next season.Team president Russell Stocks announced earlier this week that the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise has retained current skipper Chris Shaw for another season as skipper of the Green and White.“Chris had expressed interest in returning for next year, and if there wasn’t any issue and he agreed to come back we wanted to get that right out of the way,” Stocks told The Nelson Daily Thursday. “We wanted to get that done and out of the way.”The Leafs were stung a little when last year’s coach and GM, Simon Wheeldon announced at the end of the season he was stepping down from a headman of the team.The decision came after a long run by the Leafs through the playoffs and well into recruiting season.That, combined with the fact Shaw could not start the job until June, left the Leafs behind other teams in the recruiting game.“Most of the work for next season starts in the next two to three weeks after playoffs so we wanted to Chris to focus on what we need to do to win some games and not be worried if he’s going to have a job or not.”Despite the Leafs failing to find any success against the Beaver Valley’s or Castlegar’s of the Murdoch Division, the Leaf executive is happy with the job of their coach and GM.“We never based this year for Chris on wins and losses . . . we feel Chris has done a good job,” Stocks explained. “We also didn’t want to make it part of his success in the playoffs. His job wasn’t dependent on that. We wanted to make sure he knew that and the community at large knew that.“So regardless of how we do in the playoffs won’t affect our decision moving forward.”The Leafs are 24-21-0-3 under Shaw, good enough for third place in the Murdoch Division behind front running Castlegar Rebels.Nelson concludes the regular season this weekend with a home and home series against Creston.Friday Nelson opens in the Creston Valley before finishing off the campaign at home Saturday.The Leafs open the KIJHL playoffs Tuesday in Fruitvale against the Hawks.The first home game is Friday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in the NDCC [email protected]last_img read more

Finn Valley motorists warned about N15 delays as roadworks planned

first_imgMotorists have been warned to expect some delays after Donegal County Council announced it is to carry out drainage roadworks in the heart of the N15. The council have been urged motorists to allow extra travel time for their journey’s as essential drainage works commences between Stranorlar and Killygordon from tomorrow (Weds).From Wednesday 5th November, a traffic light control system will be placed between the two Finn Valley areas. This is expected to last two days until Friday, November 7th.Traffic lights will be in place daily from 8.45am-4.30pm.Finn Valley motorists warned about N15 delays as roadworks planned was last modified: November 5th, 2019 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:ballybofey-stranorlarfinn valleyKillygordonroadworkslast_img read more

Govt approves AgriBEE charter

first_img31 March 2008The Department of Trade and Industry has approved the application for the AgriBEE (black economic empowerment) sector transformation charter, which is aimed at ensuring greater participation by black people in the country’s agricultural sector.The framework aims to eliminate racial discrimination in the agricultural sector through implementing initiatives that encourage more black citizens to take part in agricultural activity and enterprises along the entire sector value chain.The government believes the through the charter, it will be able to address the imbalances of the past with an integrated plan that is also aimed at generating equitable access to land and creating a profitable and sustainable agricultural sector for the previously disadvantaged.Agriculture and Land Affairs Minister Lulu Xingwana said in February this year that the land claims commission had settled more than 94% of the claims lodged on or before 31 December 1998.She said that while the performance of the commission had enabled the government to restore at least two million hectares of land, the challenges associated with the settlement of the outstanding claims should not be underestimated, as they were complex.These challenges included traditional leader conflict in terms of jurisdiction, boundaries and land ownership, claims still held at the Land Claims Court and family or community disputes, she said.Xingwana added that her department had introduced a proactive land acquisition strategy, through which the department identifies, purchases and distributes land in accordance with the prevailing needs.By February 2007, the government had made changes to the Expropriation Act, as well as set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) that would acquire, hold, manage, develop and dispose of land for all reform purposes.Xingwana said back then that the SPV would ensure that the expropriated land would be maintained in a viable condition until new farmers were able to occupy them.She said then that while the government was still using the “willing buyer, willing seller” principle, it was only one of the instruments available to them to affect land reform. She however also pointed out that even though the government could use expropriation to acquire land, all exchanges would be fully negotiated.The charter is one method through which the government believes it can achieve its objective of ensuring that previously disadvantaged communities own at least 30% of the agricultural land in the country by the end of 2014.SAinfo reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Xobni Creates Development Platform for Gmail & Outlook

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Tags:#Google#Microsoft#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Xobni, the contacts- and email-management company, is using the Gmail API we reported on earlier today, to create a developer platform for killing two birds with one stone. Using Xobni, developers will be able to make contextual gadgets for Gmail and easily port them over to Outlook. In a blog post, the company’s CEO, Jeff Bonforte, announced a Xobni for Outlook Developer Preview “that will allow any developer to test their Gmail contextual gadget in Outlook 2003, 2007, and 2010 (32-bit and 64-bit).”Saying “develop once, deploy twice,” Xobni claims ease-of-development for its platform, in both Outlook, its forte, and Gmail’s contextual API. “Developers can now begin building applications that run inside of Outlook without having to build an entire Outlook plugin. (It) initially enables developers to build Contextual Gadgets that appear when the current email matches certain criteria. For example, a flight check-in application could run when a user is viewing an email containing a travel itinerary.”Extending a developer’s reach from one email platform to the other certainly is a powerful pitch. The claim should attract plenty of developer attention.last_img read more

Internal and External Content for Sales

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now In the past, you would have been challenged to get your content seen. In many ways, it is still difficult to get attention for your content. Both of these statements represent part of the same truth, the first a result of gatekeepers controlling what was published, the second caused by the glut of content posted. When it was difficult and expensive to get attention, gatekeepers discriminated against what they considered weak material. Now, with no gatekeepers, content proliferates unabated by any external force.Because the internet runs on content, the public-facing content your company creates can help to drive awareness, shape how your dream clients think about their business, educate your market, and even generate leads. Let’s call this “external content,” content designed for the public, and while we do so, let’s acknowledge its immense value to the sales process.But let us not overstate its value. It isn’t a replacement for something we might describe as “internal content,” or the business acumen and situational knowledge that resides inside the four walls of your company and between the two ears of each salesperson (or that should live there). Once a prospective client (or what I refer to as “dream clients,” those for whom you create massive value) engages with a salesperson, the internal content is more important than the external content.We used to chide salespeople for being a walking, talking brochure, spouting off all the features, benefits, and advantages on their “sell sheets” to any client within the sound of their voice without qualification. The criticism was that reciting the brochure was not value for the prospect.However, now, the best marketing departments know they need to create content that answers the question, “Why should I do anything different from what I am doing now?” They also create content that explains “What is going on in my world and how should I be thinking about these things?” Although this content is created as “external content,” there would be no disapproval of a salesperson who could speak with confidence in their answers to the two questions above.If one were to add to that content the person and collected business acumen and situational knowledge of the sales force, you would have internal content that would convert more dream clients into paying clients in short order.last_img read more