What are you thankful for in 2020?

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details As I sit here gazing at my Christmas tree, a thought pops into my head. Once Halloween has come and gone, we often skip right over Thanksgiving and head straight into the Christmas season. Radio stations start playing Christmas music on November 1st, retailers begin their sales seasons earlier and earlier (although it’s possible we can blame some of that on COVID), trees and wreaths and lights start going up (guilty as charged), and Thanksgiving becomes something of a side show to Santa and his Reindeer. When you think long and hard about 2020, it may make your blood pressure rise, but in the true spirit of Thanksgiving, there’s still a lot to be thankful for. Here are a few things that come to mind for me…Technology: I’ve always been a huge fan of technology. Maybe not as much as this guy, but I’m definitely a big fan. This year, technology has become a bigger part of everyone’s lives than we’d have ever thought possible. Being able to see the face of someone you care about during this time of quarantines and lockdowns, is a big deal for mental health. And from a workplace perspective, technology has allowed a lot of companies to shift their workforce to a virtual platform to keep them working. A lot of industries aren’t compatible with the virtual concept, so if you’re able to work from home, that’s definitely something to be thankful for this year.Loved ones: It’s been a tough year for many, and personally I’ve never been more thankful for the people I care about than I am this year. A lot of times we can easily take those people for granted, but 2020 has made me really appreciate my favorite people. If there’s someone in your life that you’ve put on the back-burner, give them a call and let them know you care. It’ll be good for you and it may be just what that person needs right now.Nature: There’s always something calming about spending time in nature for me. Taking a walk down the road, going for a drive in the country, or hitting up my local disc-golf course always leaves me feeling refreshed. There are a lot of problems in the world right now, but fresh air and the majesty of the great outdoors aren’t two of them.If you’re stuck at home right now, hopefully you’re not alone, but if you are, find some things that make you smile and use that technology to connect with your loved ones during these hard times. I can’t promise it’ll be soon, but I’m thankful that there are better days ahead.last_img read more


Groves is lined up for September return

first_imgGeorge Groves is being lined up for a return to the ring in September.The Hammersmith man’s promoter Kalle Sauerland wants him to fight in London on September 13 or a week later.Sauerland signed Groves before his knockout defeat by Carl Froch in their world super-middleweight title rematch at Wembley last month.Froch successfully defended his IBF and WBA titles against Groves for a second time, having won a controversial fight when they met in November.WBC champion Sakio Bika has been touted as a possible opponent for Groves’ third attempt to land a world title.Arthur Abraham, who holds the WBO belt and is also promoted by Sauerland, could be another option.See also:Promoters Sauerland snap up Groves Groves crushed by Froch in Wembley clashGroves: I’ll come back better and strongerGroves to fight in world title eliminatorFollow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img read more


Takeaways: A’s 13, White Sox 2

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s pieced together a seven-run first inning Saturday, their second seven-run inning in the past five years, and went on to rout the Chicago White Sox.Matt Chapman’s RBI double, RBI singles from Robbie Grossman and Chris Herrmann capped off by Franklin Barreto’s three-run home comprised the A’s (52-41) latest seven-spot.The 2014 version featured home runs from Josh Reddick and Alberto Callaspo paired with Yoenis Cespedes’s two-run single.Here are three takeaways from the A’s …last_img read more


Hundreds gather outside Mandela’s home

first_img6 December 2013 Hundreds of South Africans began gathered outside Nelson Mandela’s home in Houghton, Johannesburg on Friday morning as news spread of the great man’s passing. The mood was sombre but also celebratory as the crowds sang freedom songs and the national anthem. Others, many of whom were still in their pyjamas, were laying down flowers near the property, while others lit candles and clutched pictures of the struggle icon. There is a high police presence, and roads leading to the home have been blocked off. President Jacob Zuma announced the death of Madiba just before midnight on Thursday in a televised address to the nation. He said Madiba had died peacefully at 8.50pm. Meanwhile, tributes are pouring in from all corners of the world. United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron said Madiba was a towering figure in our time, a legend in life and now in death – a true global hero. “Across the country he loved, they will be mourning a man who was the embodiment of grace. Meeting him was one of the great honours of my life.” Former US president Bill Clinton tweeted a picture of himself holding hands with Mandela, saying: “I will never forget my friend Madiba.” The president of Fifa, world football’s governing body, Sepp Blatter, also took to the social network, saying: “My respects to an extraordinary person, probably one of the greatest humanists of our time.” Zuma said flags around the country would be flown at half-mast from Friday until after the funeral. Source: read more


Ohio Soybean Council Foundation announces scholarships

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students for the 2017-2018 academic year.The scholarship program encourages undergraduate and graduate students at Ohio colleges and universities to pursue degrees in one of the many academic fields that support the future of the soybean industry including agriculture, business, communication, economics, education, engineering, science and technology.“In order to ensure the future prosperity of the U.S. soybean industry, it is important that students understand the wide variety of opportunities available in agricultural careers,” said Bill Bateson, OSCF scholarship selection committee member and soybean farmer from Hancock County. “The agriculture workforce hires the best of the best and we want to support those who have an interest in starting careers in agriculture after graduation.”The 2017-2018 academic year also marks the 10th anniversary for the OSCF scholarship program. Since 2008, the OSCF scholarship program has awarded $266,000 in scholarship funds to 65 students studying agriculture or a related field at Ohio colleges or universities.There are a total of nine undergraduate scholarships available, including seven general scholarships of up to $3,000 each that will be awarded to students pursuing an eligible major.Available to one undergraduate student is the $5,000 Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship, named to honor Dr. Vijayendran’s contributions to the soybean industry through his scientific research of new uses for soybeans and commercialization activities at Battelle. This scholarship was founded to support those pursuing a degree related to science, technology or soybean research.Also available to one undergraduate student pursuing agricultural business or communications is the $3,000 Farmer, Lumpe and McClelland Excellence in Communications Scholarship. This scholarship was founded to provide resources to young people with a passion for agricultural and business communication.Undergraduate scholarship applicants must be Ohio residents and enrolled as full-time students at an Ohio college or university. The applicant must have attained at least sophomore status by fall 2017 with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.Eligible majors include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, molecular biology, chemistry, engineering, biotechnology, bioenergy, biofuels, food science, crop science, environmental science, agricultural communications, agricultural business, agricultural education or any of the agricultural disciplines or related fields.Three scholarships of up to $5,000 each are available to graduate students who are enrolled as a full-time student at an Ohio college or university and have proof of legal residency in the United States.Applicants must be conducting research in bioproducts, biobased materials, biotechnology, bioengineering, biopolymers or a related field, and focused on advancing the soybean industry.The deadline for undergraduate and graduate applications is January 13, 2017. All OSCF scholarships will be competitively awarded with funds paid directly to the educational institution. Scholarships are not renewable, although recipients may reapply.  For more information and to download the scholarship applications, visit the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation at read more


Passivhaus Spec Project

first_imgA Seattle developer has sold what he thinks is the first built-on-spec Passivhaus building in Washington state. And the sale bodes well for builders specializing in these extremely efficient designs.The 2,000-sq. ft. house, built on an infill lot at 3153 S. Oregon Street, is located in Seattle’s Columbia City area, in a cluster of 15 homes built by Dwell Development. Unit 13, as it’s called, was sold last November during the framing stage. A recent blower-door test confirmed that the house meets the Passivhaus airtightness standard of no more than 0.6 air changes per hour at 50 pascals of pressure (ach50).Still under construction, the house has 14-inch-thick double-stud walls (R-45) that will be filled with cellulose insulation. It also has an R-70 roof and triple-pane windows manufactured by Intus. The water-resistive barrier is Tremco EnviroDri. (For more specs, use the link for the Brute Force Collaborative website below.) The house sold quickly, and for a good priceWhat makes the project particularly encouraging to Maschmedt is that super-efficient homes are being snatched up by buyers even though they cost more than conventionally built homes. He says his houses typically are sold long before they’re finished.“There’s a huge demand for it,” Maschmedt said. “Our homes are already selling for a premium compared to the competition.” He said another builder in the same community built a conventional, 1,500-sq. ft. home and had it on the market by 178 days before selling it for $305,000. Dwell built a house of the same size, had it on the market for “zero days,” and sold it for $420,000.“When the economy went down and people were struggling to sell, our homes continued to sell because people who were buying in a down economy were doing their homework and wanted value,” he said.Nothing made that clearer to Maschmedt than comparing his sales results with those of his fellow developer, someone he says is delivering a “good product.”“We’re selling ours with zero market days for $120,000 more than he’s selling his for,” he said. “That’s for the same size house on the same street. I would love to make Passive our new standard, and that’s what we’re trying to do — to make Passivhaus our standard spec,” Maschmedt said. “Every home we do. That’s my goal.” The incremental cost was only $35,000Anthony Maschmedt, the developer, says he’s certain the house is the first spec Passivhaus in Washington State, and fairly certain it’s the first on an infill lot anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. The Columbia City area is on Seattle’s light-rail line and only a five-minute train ride from the city’s downtown.The house sold for $535,000. Other houses in the Dwell development range in cost from the high $300,000s to the upper $400,000s, Maschmedt said. Features that should allow the house to become Passivhaus-certified at the close of construction added about $35,000 to the price tag.Dwell builds between 15 and 20 homes per year. The company is building a total of 42 in Columbia City, including an additional two that will be built to the Passivhaus standard.Unit 13 is the first Passivhaus building that Dwell has constructed. The design team included architect Julian Weber, Passivhaus consultant Brute Force Collaborative, and Tadashi Shiga, of Evergreen Certified.last_img read more


Calvin Abueva ‘really motivated’ to steer Phoenix back into contender status

first_imgMOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Calvin Abueva is set to enter his first full season with Phoenix and he vowed to do everything in his power to help carry the team in the New Year.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue A piece of shrapnel behind Bubba Watson’s tears at the Ryder Cup SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It was the first time [since the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup] that this team entered the playoffs and we know we can return to that stage because we now have the experience that we can bring to the court,” said Abueva in Filipino after the team’s practice Friday at Upper Deck.“I’m still relatively new to the team so I’m just really motivated to help my teammates in any way,” added Abueva.The Beast, who’s a one-time champion with Alaska, is confident the Fuel Masters can make some noise in the Philippine Cup especially with the addition of four-time champion Alex Mallari and Dave Marcelo.Mallari was part of the San Mig Coffee team that won the 2014 Grand Slam and Marcelo was part of Ginebra’s title-winning roster in the 2016 Governors’ Cup.“Right now we’re getting ourselves in top condition and we’re fixing what needs to be fixed for the coming season,” said Abueva. “We also have new additions to the team and we’ll do whatever we can to help them get comfortable for the All-Filipino conference.”ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix was subpar during the first two conferences, failing to enter the playoffs of the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups but Abueva’s arrival to the team via trade with Alaska immediately changed the Fuel Masters’ caliber.Abueva was stellar for the Fuel Masters in the Govenors’ Cup, putting up 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.3 blocks to help lead the team to an 8-3 record, its best finish in franchise history, for the second seed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe Fuel Masters, however, faltered in the playoffs losing to Meralco in two games in the quarterfinals.Abueva said the loss was a valuable lesson for them and the experience alone would help them in the upcoming 2019 Philippine Cup. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


Big Swap For Yankees-Marlins

first_imgNEW YORK — Looking for rotation help at a relatively low price, the New York Yankees acquired right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, outfielder Garrett Jones and minor league pitcher Domingo German from the Miami Marlins on Dec. 19 for versatile Martin Prado and righty David Phelps.A right-hander who turns 25 in February, Eovaldi was obtained by the Marlins in July 2012 as part of the deal that sent All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He throws at up to 98 mph and was 6-14 with a 4.37 ERA in 199 2-3 innings last season.“He’s got a good arm and he’s young,” said Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman, who felt he needed more health and depth in his rotation. “We are getting younger.”Eovaldi joins a rotation coming off numerous 2014 injuries: Masahiro Tanaka (torn elbow ligament), CC Sabathia (knee surgery), Michael Pineda (shoulder muscle). The Yankees’ original rotation last season combined to start just 77-of-162 games: Sabathia (eight), Hiroki Kuroda (32), Nova (four), Tanaka (20) and Pineda (13).Cashman agreed this week to a $5 million, one-year deal with left-hander Chris Capuano. He says he still has no idea whether Kuroda wants to pitch next year.New York doesn’t appear to be interested in big-money free agents such as Max Scherzer and James Shields.“We’re clearly going to continue to be open-minded to any legitimate opportunities, and that’s the optimal word, legitimate opportunities,” Cashman said, “something that obviously fits within our current circumstances.”New York had dealt another key fill-in starter, Shane Greene, to Detroit in the deals that brought shortstop Didi Gregorius to the Yankees.Prado, 31, was obtained by the Yankees from Arizona at the July 31 trade deadline and hit .316 with seven homers and 16 RBIs in 133 at-bats for New York. An All-Star in 2010, he plays second, third and the outfield. Prado is owed $11 million in each of the next two seasons, and will collect his second $1 million assignment bonus for being traded.New York is sending the Marlins $3 million a season in twice-a-month installments to offset some of Prado’s salary. Eovaldi is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time.Prado had been projected to start at second base. The trade could lead the Yankees to making another move or to give 23-year-old Rob Refsnyder or 25-year-old Jose Pirela a chance to win the second base job in spring training.Pirela batted .305 at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre and made his big league debut in September, Refsnyder hit .342 at Double-A Trenton and .300 at Scranton last season.Phelps, 28, was 5-5 with a 3.82 ERA in 17 starts and 15 relief appearances, and had been in position to compete with Adam Warren and others to be New York’s fifth starter, a position open until Ivan Nova returns from elbow surgery in May or June. Phelps also is eligible for arbitration for the first time.Jones, 33, provides left-handed-hitting backup to Mark Teixeira at first base and outfield depth behind projected starters Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran. Jones hit .246 with 15 homers and 53 RBIs last season and is signed for $5 million for 2015. His acquisition seems to lock out Alex Rodriguez as a possible backup at first.“He’s made for our ballpark,” Cashman said.German, a 22-year-old right-hander, was 9-3 with a 2.48 ERA for Greensboro in the South Atlantic League, striking out 113 in 123 1-3 innings.(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more