Utes Athletes Win Tom Hansen Medals

May 8, 2021

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first_img Brad James Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-A pair of University of Utah athletes were named as Tom Hansen medal recipients for the 2017-18 athletic season Tuesday. The recipients of this award are skier Martin Bergstrom and gymnast Maddy Stover.The Hansen medal is annually awarded to each Pac-12 institution’s outstanding senior male and female student-athlete based on a combination of academics, athletics and leadership.Hansen served as the then-Pac-10 commissioner from 1983-2009 and has had this distinction named in his honor.Bergstrom, a native of Pitea, Sweden, won three individual NCAA championships in his career with the Utes and won back-to-back NCAA 10-km classic titles in 2017-18.Additionally, in 2017, Bergstrom won the NCAA 20-km freestyle championship, leading the Utes to the NCAA national title.Bergstrom was also a 2018 academic All-American and his 3.94 GPA is the best among male Utes student-athletes.Stover was a 2015 second-team All-American and first-team all-Pac-12 performer on the balance beam and started for four NCAA qualifying teams.Stover was also a three-time first-All-Pac-12 all-academic selection and NACGC Scholar All-American.Stover graduated with a cumulative 3.85 GPA in communication and was a team captain and two-term president of Utah’s Crimson Council.The conference now known as the Pac-12 has ensued in this tradition since the 1960-61 athletic season. Tags: All-Academic Team/Crimson Council/Maddy Stover/Martin Bergstrom/Pac 12 June 26, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utes Athletes Win Tom Hansen Medalslast_img read more


Saint Mary’s Lambda Pi Eta chapter invites students to develop communication skills and pursue leadership

January 26, 2021

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first_imgIn their senior year at Saint Mary’s, Kerry Rose McDonald (’19) and Jordan Cockrum (’19) decided they wanted a space for communication studies majors to meet and a way to celebrate their accomplishments. To achieve this, they revitalized the Saint Mary’s chapter of Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) the official communication honors society of the National Association of Communication.(Editor’s Note: Cockrum formerly served as Saint Mary’s Editor at The Observer.)McDonald and Cockrum, president and vice president of LPH, respectively, then passed the torch to seniors Bernadette McGeever and Katy Stalter, who are serving as president and vice president this year.McGeever explained that, as members of LPH, they are proud to be one of 400 active chapters around the world.“We celebrate our passion in communication [and] try to … promote professional development, and then provide some opportunities to network and prepare the members for a career in the field,” McGeever said.Senior Elyse Paul is a current member of the Saint Mary’s LPH chapter. Paul said the purpose of the club is to stimulate interest in the field of communication.“LPH is a great way for communication studies majors to become more involved in their field of study at Saint Mary’s and form a closer bond with your classmates,” she said.Students can gain experience utilizing social media, writing, advertising and marketing, public relations and other skills that bolster a career in communication, McGeever said.“When students join Lambda Pi Eta, there’s so many great opportunities for leadership,” she said.This semester, McGeever, Stalter and the rest of the chapter are working to increase membership and promote awareness on campus. To help realize this goal, they have created a new leadership position: a social media officer.Seniors Gina Twardosz and Sheridan Sims have both been appointed to fill this position. They, along with the rest of the group, are currently preparing for to host Angie Fitzpatrick, a guest speaker from Career Crossings. (Editor’s Note: Twardosz is a news writer at The Observer.)“[Fitzpatrick] will be talking about how to brand yourself using social media, and then some job and internship strategies in the communication and marketing industry specifically,” McGeever said. “It will be a great way to prepare students for a career in the field.”Paul said she encourages other Saint Mary’s students to join the chapter.“It is a great opportunity for personal development, and it looks great on a resume too,” she said.To join Lambda Pi Eta, students must be a junior and have completed 60 semester credit hours, 12 of which need to be communication studies courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is required for all courses taken, as well as a minimum GPA of 3.25 in all communication courses.Not only do all LPH members meet these requirements, but all those accepted must rank within the highest 35% of their class.“If you are considering joining, definitely apply,” McGeever said. “Being a member of LPH is a great testament to your own achievements. It’s a really great way to be more involved in the communication major at Saint Mary’s and it’s a great way to build relationships with your fellow classmates and overall I think it’s a really fun group and there’s a lot that you can learn.”Tags: Communications honor society, communications studies, honor society, Lambda Pi Etalast_img read more


Broadway.com Summer Camp, Day 19! Barbra & the Super Bowl, Together at Last

January 18, 2021

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first_imgWe’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! WHY WE LOVE IT Nowadays, we get the same old performances by Beyonce, Madonna and Bruno Mars (yawn, boring…) at the Super Bowl, but back in 1978, things were sheer perfection. Legendary celebrity impersonator Jim Bailey took the stage as Barbra Streisand in style—he literally zoomed out while standing on a moving convertible. We’re not exactly sure what “Don’t Rain on My Parade” has to do with football, but if there were more Super Bowl performances like these, we’d watch football more often. LOOK OUT FOR… The random backup “dancers” with elaborate feathered fans and Indiana Jones hats skipping in circles around the car. What the heck are they doing? Seriously, can anyone tell us? MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENTcenter_img OVERALL CAMP FACTOR 10,000 balls of buttah. View Commentslast_img read more


Tall, green doctors

January 17, 2021

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first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaWith the costs of health care soaring and no solution in sight,we need to look hard at lower-cost alternatives, like trees. Yes,trees. Whole trees. Green, growing trees.Trees are strong medicine, says Kim Coder, a forestry professorwith the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of ForestResources. They provide a psychological value not many peoplerealize.”There have been some studies dealing with hospital patients,”Coder said. “Some of the patients had views of trees outsidetheir windows, and others didn’t. Some had photos of trees bytheir beds. Those who had that natural environment to look atneeded less pain medication and recovered faster. They got out ofthe hospital quicker.”In urban settings where steel and glass and plastic and concreteare the rule, other studies have measured the heart rates ofpeople with and without trees.Ah, trees”It’s amazing, the physiological response people have to trees,”Coder said. “With trees around them, people’s heart ratesdropped. They felt comfortable and calm.”Coder said many retail businesses take advantage of thispsychological value of trees.”Where there are trees, people feel more comfortable and safer,and they’re more inclined to linger,” he said. “That translatesinto more money for the businesses.”That almost medicinal value of trees isn’t easy to measure.”We can come up with a dollar value for a tree for insurance, taxand real estate purposes,” Coder said. “But it may be worth a lotmore than that. “Psychological benefits aren’t easilyquantifiable, but they still have tremendous value for people wholive with trees.”Feel better?A tangible, measurable part of trees’ effect on people is theirsound. It’s “white noise,” or soft sounds that hide other, morestressful, noises.”A car ripping past or a jackhammer is noise,” Coder said.”Hearing the wind rustling the leaves covers up some of that badnoise.”The green of the leaves seems to calm us, too. In urban settingswith hard lines and glaring sun, the shade and green and softform of trees is soothing, Coder said.But part of trees’ value, Coder believes, is less tangible. It’sdeeply ingrained in humans from our distant past.”When people see trees around them they just feel that’s wherethey ought to be,” he said. “When I go home and walk through myyard, for instance, I lose all of the aggressiveness and tensionof the drive home.”Hidden valueYou can measure the noise a tree filters out, the cooling effectof its shade, its real estate value — even the volume ofpollutants it removes and the oxygen it adds to the air, he said.”But when you lose a tree, you lose more than that,” he said.”Trees have psychological, sentimental, historic and social value– those things get tied up with what it is to be human.”Coder wishes more people understood trees’ value.”From the 1890s to the 1920s,” he said, “people in Georgiaplanted a heck of a lot of trees. Look around: many of those big,old, beautiful, soothing trees around us are there becausesomebody had the foresight to get them started.”People now need to follow their ancestors’ example, he said, andplant more trees.”Georgia has a tradition of tree-planting that we need to follow,for the sake of our children,” Coder said. “We need to invest inthe future. And planting one Arbor Day tree a year isn’t enough.Somebody needs to be planting a lot of trees.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more


Smithtown Man’s ‘High-tech Revenge’ Cost Company $90K, FBI Says

December 18, 2020

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Smithtown man who was “bent on revenge” after unceremoniously resigning from his job at a Suffolk County high-voltage power manufacturer allegedly hacked into the company’s network and sabotaged the business, causing nearly $100,000 in damages, federal authorities said Thursday.Michael Meneses, a software programmer, was arrested by the FBI Thursday and was charged with hacking into the company’s network.The 41-year-old man’s position as one of two employees responsible for ensuring the software was operating smoothly afforded him “high-level access” to the company’s network, officials said.He resigned in December 2011 after expressing “his displeasure at being passed over for promotions,” according to the criminal complaint, and proceeded to launch a “three-week campaign to inflict damage on the company by gaining unauthorized access to its network and sabotaging the company’s business,” authorities said.Meneses used high-tech methods to hack into the company’s network, officials said, and stole his former colleagues’ security credentials, enabling him to remotely access the network through a private network from his home and a local hotel, the complaint alleges.United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch characterized Meneses’ behavior as a “a 21st Century campaign of cybervandalism and high-tech revenge.”During one alleged hack attempt, Meneses allegedly sent commands to alter the business calendar by one month, officials said, disrupting the company’s production and finance operations. The hacking cost the company $90,000 in damages, officials said.Meneses also directed his frustration at those seeking to replace him by allegedly creating an email account discouraging applicants to accept his former position. An email from [email protected] stated: “Don’t [sic] accept any position from,” the company, according to the complaint.“Bent on revenge, the defendant exploited his access and his technical know-how to sabotage his former employer,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge Venizelos. “As alleged, he caused significant disruption and monetary damage.”If convicted, Meneses faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.last_img read more


Croatian Tourism Association established

November 18, 2020

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first_imgThe largest associations in the Croatian tourism sector – the Croatian Hotel Employers’ Association and the Croatian Camping Association, together with leading tourism companies operating in Croatia, have founded a new umbrella tourism association called the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT).HUT will deal with strategic issues of the most important Croatian industry, which accounts for 18 percent of GDP and more than 10 percent of employment in Croatia. Tomislav Popović, President of the Management Board of Maistra, was elected President of HUT. “The new umbrella association of the tourism sector is open to unite all interested hotel and tourism companies and professional associations in the hospitality and tourism industry. We want to unite our performance in order to ensure the further development of Croatian tourism in the direction of increasing quality, raising competitiveness, further increasing employment and the overall positive contribution to the Croatian economy. We want to be a partner of institutions in creating regulations and creating an environment that will enable further development of the tourism sector and all industries related to tourism. “, said Tomislav Popovic.After the Founding Assembly, HUT initiated the process of official registration of the Association, after which a Board of Directors will be convened to appoint a director in charge of the operational management of the Association. The founders of HUT generate about 70 percent of the total revenue in the sector, and in accordance with the Statute of the association is open to new members for the purpose of cooperation and active creation of the business future of the tourism sector.It is not yet known who joined the new Association, except Maista, UPUHH and KUH, but unofficially Valamar Riviera, Plava laguna, Bluesun, Falkensteiner, Turisthotel and others are mentioned, while the former Minister of Tourism should be the director of the Association. , Veljko Ostojic. The HUT Board will be held soon when more information will be officially known.In any case, an interesting reshuffle of forces that had to take place, given that various associations in tourism have made little or no positive progress to date.last_img read more


Now’s your chance to own a piece of history with this heritage listed Queenslander home

October 6, 2020

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first_imgInside 6 Dowar St, CoorparooMs Mattes said they made extensive renovations to accommodate their family. “We walked through and fell in love,” she said.“But it was only two bedrooms, and we have four kids.“Chris was very determined.“He could see its full potential, so we grabbed the opportunity to own a heritage home and ran with it. Inside 6 Dowar St, CoorparooThere is also a bathroom, laundry, bedroom and undercover parking for two cars.On the first level, a wide veranda wraps around the home, which is accessible from the four bedrooms through french doors. The home at 6 Dowar St, Coorparoo“We felt an obligation to keep its Queenslander feel and respect the heritage features.”The two-level home sits on a 1215sq m block and has a swimming pool and tennis court. The home at 6 Dowar St, CoorparooOwners Chris and Jenny Mattes purchased the 1912 heritage-listed property Davaar at 6 Dowar St, Coorparoo, in 2015. The home at 6 Dowar St, CoorparooMrs Mattes said they purchased the home as a deceased estate.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago“The lady had no family for it to be passed on to. “It was sold with all the proceeds going to the Queensland Heart Foundation. “That felt like a really lovely way to buy a property. It felt like a good thing to do.” The home at 6 Dowar St, CoorparooMrs Mattes said they were the second family to own the home. “The lady who owned it before us, her grandfather built it,” Mrs Mattes said.“It had been in the one family for over 100 years.” The home at 6 Dowar St, CoorparooOn the lower level, there is a large open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that opens out to the deck, swimming pool and tennis court. 6 Dowar St, CoorparooThis Queenslander home has been restored and transformed. Inside 6 Dowar St, CoorparooOne bedroom has its own ensuite and there is also a shared bathroom.last_img read more


Gold Coast apartment with panoramic views and rooftop pool hits the market

September 28, 2020

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first_img1502/1 Douglas St, Coolangatta.IMAGINE admiring panoramic ocean views from your own rooftop pool with a cool drink in hand on a summer afternoon.The far-fetched daydream could become a reality in this Coolangatta unit. Within the Nirvana By The Sea building, the 15th floor north east facing two-bedroom apartment is a hop, skip and a jump to the beach and five-minute drive to the Gold Coast Airport. 1502/1 Douglas St, Coolangatta. 1502/1 Douglas St, Coolangatta. 1502/1 Douglas St, Coolangatta.center_img 1502/1 Douglas St, Coolangatta.He expected the unit to attract interest from interstate and Brisbane-based retirees looking to downsize as well as investors.“There’s huge rental return because of the fact that it’s such a rare unit,” Mr Bisgrove said.The apartment comes fully furnished.Residents and holiday-makers staying in the building also have access to resort-style facilities, including a lap and children’s pool, theatre room, qym, sauna and steam room, heated spa and executive lounge.There are boutique shops and cafes beneath the building while the beach and a playground are across the road. 1502/1 Douglas St, Coolangatta.Marketing agent Wayne Bisgrove, of Ray White Coolangatta-Tweed Heads, said it was a luxurious apartment with high ceilings, a gourmet kitchen and modern fixtures and fittings.But it was the rooftop entertainment area with pool and built-in barbecue that set it apart from others in the area.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“I think the highlight is the rooftop,” he said.It has impressive ocean views from Kirra Beach all the way out to Rainbow Bay and Snapper Rocks.“It’s probably one of the best buildings, I think, down this end of the coast,” Mr Bisgrove said.“It’s hard to get that position where you can see the points of all three beaches.”He said owners Sally Doyle and Kathryn Jacoby, who bought the property in 2012 off the plan, rented it out as a holiday home and stayed there themselves on occasion.“They’re selling it because they’re not really using it enough these days,” he said.last_img read more


Darius and Kayla Boyd’s amazing new home revealed

September 28, 2020

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first_imgDarius and Kayla Boyd with children, Willow and Romi. Pic supplied.Brisbane Bronco Darius Boyd and his social media influencer wife Kayla have revealed a sneak peek of the dream home they are building in Paddington.Named ‘Vogue’, the amazing house was designed by acclaimed architect Joe Adsett and is currently under construction with high-end builders, Graya.MORE: Anna Spiro sells her island homeEpic penthouse sells for $4 millionCOVID-19 has changed homeowners: SurveyBizarre bubble house gaining global attentionA render of the house Darius and Kayla Boyd are building in Paddington. Source: Instagram.Renders of the property show the couple will be able to entertain in style with a wraparound house design seamlessly integrating the inside and outside.In a post to social media this week, Graya said; ‘The use of intricate latticework, green veils, and a neutral colour palette will create a relaxing and aesthetically beautiful space’.A render of the house Darius and Kayla Boyd are building in Paddington. Source: Instagram.Records show the Boyds paid $1.205 million for the site on which the home is being built.The home’s interior design will be done by Kayla herself, who has her own business, Row Interiors.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoThe Boyds are repeat clients of Graya’s, with their last home in Hendra also by the builder brothers.A render of the house Darius and Kayla Boyd are building in Paddington. Source: Instagram.But this house, which is predominantly white, is very different to ‘Hendra House’, which was black and striking in features.The retiring Broncos legend and his wife sold the property at 78 Harding Street for $1.86 million earlier this year, just weeks before the COVID-19 lockdown.FOLLOW COURIER MAIL REAL ESTATE ON FACEBOOKVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more


Roy Hibbert

September 24, 2020

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first_imgRoy Hibbert was a big reason the Indiana Pacers did as well as they did in this year’s playoffs. With a little better effort in the 7th game with the Miami Heat, the Pacers might be the talk of Pro Basketball. Roy is the 7’2″ and 280 lb. center for the Pacers. The 27-year old center is a native of Queens, New York, and graduated from Georgetown University in 2008. While playing for the Hoyas, he was All Big East, and they were conference champions. He was drafted by the Toronto franchise, but did not come into prominence until he became a Pacer. He has just completed his third year in Indianapolis. His dad, Roy Sr., also played pro basketball. Like most Hoyas, he was a good student as well as basketball player. For his career, Roy has played in 376 games, averaged over 25 minutes per game, and has made an average of 4.6 shots per game out of 9.6 attempts per game. He shoots 73% from the line and gets an average of 6.8 rebounds per game as well. Finally, he blocks about 2 shots per game and averages 11.3 points per game. It became apparent this season that as Roy plays, that is how the Pacers will do. I hope he stays for several more years. The Pacers are just a notch below the NBA elite.last_img read more