Wattie Ink signs Canadian pro triathlete Rachel McBride

first_img Related Wattie Ink has announced the official signing of its first professional triathlete to the Wattie Ink brand – in a new deal that builds on the recently expanded Wattie Ink Elite Teams. Rachel McBride is a Canadian triathlete who ‘not only rocks a purple Mohawk and [has] plenty of rad tattoos’ but is no stranger to rocking the podium as well. This includes a recent win at the Ironman 70.3 in Austin, Texas, where she also posted the fastest bike split of the day.“The style of the Wattie Ink brand is really unique and creative, just like me! It was a big no-brainer that it would be a perfect match,” said McBride.Wattie Ink notes McBride’s ‘punk rocking attitude and exciting rise and bright future in the sport, and couldn’t be more excited to have her on board the Wattie Ink train.’Wattie Ink is a premier sports marketing agency primarily focused in the endurance sports space. The company represents ‘some of the best triathletes and cyclists in the world’, as well as working with individual clients and companies to develop business opportunities. With 25 years of combined experience in endurance sports, Wattie Ink prides itself on its network of close-knit contacts, as well as being versed in the most up-to-date marketing approaches.www.wattieink.comwww.rachelmcbride.comlast_img read more

Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., seeks director applicants

first_img Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., seeks director applicantsThe Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancy to be filled during its May 22, 2015, meeting: Florida Rural Legal Services: One lawyer to serve the remainder of a three-year term, on its 20-member Board of Directors commencing immediately upon appointment and ending December 31, 2015. Other appointing organizations are the NBA, Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter, ACLU, voluntary bar associations and various other eligible client and community organizations. The mission of Florida Rural Legal Services is to provide accessible legal assistance that empowers low-income and disadvantaged populations.Persons interested in applying for this vacancy may download the “Application for Special Appointment” or call Bar headquarters at(850) 561-5757, to obtain the application form. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 10. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews. Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., seeks director applicants March 15, 2015 Regular Newslast_img read more

‘Junior’ emerges as one of Gophers’ top scoring threats

first_img‘Junior’ emerges as one of Gophers’ top scoring threatsBrent Gates Jr. has scored four goals in his last eight games. Daily File PhotoGophers forward Brent Gates Jr. chases after the puck against Ohio State on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at Mariucci Arena. Drew CoveNovember 24, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintForward Brent Gates Jr. hears the name junior a lot these days.His nickname is ‘Junior’, and now fitting enough, he is in his junior year at Minnesota. Gates Jr. is finding scoring success this season. He has scored four goals in his last eight games.“My dad and my name is Brent Robert,” Gates said. “That’s … why my parents decided to [call me Junior], around the house. It’s easier to call me Junior than Brent and have both of us turn around.”Gates Jr. said he’s heard the ribbing of being a junior back in high school, so now four years later, it’s nothing new.Gates Jr.’s father, Brent Gates Sr., played baseball at Minnesota and at the major league level for seven years.Sports aren’t exclusive to the people named Brent in the Gates’ family. Athletics also extends to Junior’s mother. Gates Jr.’s mother, Tiffannie, played volleyball at Arizona State.He said that almost his entire family plays sports, including his parents, four siblings, and even two aunts who played tennis. His sisters play volleyball, and his younger brother plays baseball and football.“Right from an early age I played all these sports, [I] tried them all out,” Gates said. “It’s always been a part of my life, sports have never left, and growing up it was always sports and school, then friends came after that.”Gates Jr. is now an upperclassman for the Gophers. He is in the second half of his collegiate career already, but he’s only 20 years old. “You’ve got a lot of freshmen in college hockey that are older than he is, as a junior,” said head coach Don Lucia. “He came in as one of the youngest players in college hockey just turning 18 in [August].”Lucia said some of his development into this season from the beginning of his career has been largely building strength, which can’t happen in a blink of an eye.Gates Jr. has moved to Minnesota’s top line in recent weeks, alongside forward Tommy Novak and captain Tyler Sheehy. Although the line is made up of people from three different states, the chemistry has shown itself since the line has existed.“He gets really competitive on the ice,” Novak said. “He gets fired up, and that can only feed his game, [it] makes him better.”Gates Jr., as a goal scorer, has scored in bunches for Minnesota in his time. Although he only had seven points in 35 games his freshman season, his goal scoring ability came to fruition last season when he scored 21 points, 14 of those goals.Gates had three multi-goal games last season, including a hat trick against Mercyhurst in the Mariucci Classic.In the last four series Minnesota has played, Gates has a goal each weekend, and multiple assists around it as well.“That’s my strong suit, I just try to get open and find spots where I can get the puck and score,” Gates said. “I feel there’s no one better than Tommy [Novak] at finding the open guy.last_img read more

News Scan for Sep 25, 2015

first_imgGAO finds National Biosurveillance Integration Center lackingThe National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC) is falling short in its mission in several ways, such as lack of timely information to its partners, poor partner participation, and difficulty prioritizing some activities, and might even need to be discontinued, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report yesterday.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) established the NBIC in 2004, and in 2007 the 9/11 Commission Act defined the center’s role within DHS as identifying and analyzing data to detect biothreats and to issue alerts. Congress asked the GAO to assess how the NBIC carries out its mission, and the agency divided its assessment into the center’s key roles as analyzer, coordinator, and innovator.Analyzer. The GAO noted that the NBIC produces reports on biological events using open-source data but struggles to disseminate meaningful new information. It said 8 of 11 of its federal partners said the NBIC’s products add little, because the partners can get the information from other federal partners quicker. The GAO added that data that could help to characterize a biological event may not exist or are not in a usable form. And only 5 of 19 federal partners said they share data with the NBIC.Coordinator. The NBIC conducts regular calls with partners but faces limited partner involvement. For example, only 3 of 19 federal partners provided the NBIC with dedicated liaisons.Innovator. The GAO said the NBIC has undertaken efforts to develop tools to address gaps in biosurveillance integration but has had difficulty prioritizing developmental efforts. Partners identified obstacles such as limited resources and the difficulty in prioritizing the center’s innovation efforts because its partners’ diverse needs.The GAO identified various options that could address these challenges, “ranging from strengthening the center’s ability to implement its current roles to repealing the NBIC’s statute.” It added that Congress should consider designating a different federal partner with biosurveillance expertise as the federal integrator.Sep 24 GAO report New Mexico plague case lifts national total to 15New Mexico health officials recently reported the state’s fourth plague case of the year, involving a 73-year-old woman from Santa Fe County, bringing to 15 the number of cases in the United States this year, an unusually high number.According to a Sep 23 statement from the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDH), the woman had the less common septicemic plague, which is more difficult to recognize than the more common bubonic form. The department said septicemic plague is responsible for 20% to 25% of New Mexico’s plague cases and is harder to detect, because patients don’t have swollen lymph nodes as with the bubonic form.Retta Ward, MPH, New Mexico’s health secretary, said in the statement that the case is the state’s fourth this year and that health providers should consider the illness when patients have a fever of unknown origin and are from plague-endemic parts of the state.Several of the state’s plague patients were likely exposed to plague-infected fleas from rodents that are brought into homes by dogs and cats that are allowed to roam and hunt and aren’t treated with flea-control products, Paul Ettestad, DVM, the state’s public health veterinarian said in the statement.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention typically records about five plague cases each year. Of the 15 reported so far this year, 4 of them have been fatal, according to earlier reports.Sep 23 NMDH statement Sep 15 CIDRAP News scan “Michigan woman contracts first-ever Midwest plague illness” Antibiotic stewardship program linked to sharp drop in MRSAThe introduction of a national antibiotic stewardship program in Scotland led to substantial reductions in the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, researchers reported in The Lancet Infectious Diseases yesterday.The investigators’ time-series analysis explored the ecological determinants of MRSA epidemiology of 1,289,929 hospital admissions and 455,508 adults registered in primary care in northeast Scotland. The team studied the effects of (1) stewardship to restrict the use of cephalosporins, co-amoxiclav, clindamycin, fluoroquinolones, and macrolide antibiotics; (2) a hand hygiene campaign; (3) hospital environment inspections; and (4) MRSA admission screening.They noted that antibiotic use fell by 47% in hospitals and 27% in the community during the stewardship program. And they found that MRSA prevalence density decreased during antibiotic stewardship by 54% in hospitals and 37% in the community. When combined with infection prevention and control measures, MRSA prevalence density was reduced by 50% in hospitals and 47% in the community.The authors conclude, “Alongside infection control measures, removal of key antibiotic selection pressures during a national antibiotic stewardship intervention predicted large and sustained reductions in hospital-associated and community-associated MRSA.”Sep 24 Lancet Infect Dis studylast_img read more

New Mexico Film Office Announces Recipients Of Senator John Pinto Memorial Fund Awards

first_imgFulfilling a lifelong dream, Michael Naranjo examines the monumental plaster sculpture, End of the Trail. A film crew captures the historical meeting as part of the documentary ‘Dream Touch Believe’. 2019. Courtesy/EDDEconomic Development Department News:Native American Filmmakers receive grants to help open new doors into the film industryRecipients of the newly created Senator John Pinto Memorial Fund (SJP) for Native filmmakers include members from several tribal affiliations, exploring topics including missing women, ancient healing, modern day culture clashes, and entrepreneurship, New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) Director Amber Dodson announced today.The 2019 legislation provided $100,000 for SJP in honor of the late Senator John Pinto and his relentless support for the Native American Film Industry. Twenty $5,000 grants were awarded to Native film students and filmmakers living and working in New Mexico. Funds can be used toward pre-production, production, and post-production.Grantees must be registered members of one of the tribes or pueblos of New Mexico.“All of these filmmakers expressed an enduring need to be the bearers of their own stories, and no longer accept the inconsistency of having stories told about their culture from an outsider’s viewpoint,” EDD Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said. “That’s the legacy of Senator John Pinto and why we are honored to highlight this work.”“Supporting diversity in the film industry is vital to expanding diversity on a larger scale, as film is a cornerstone of our culture and history. Each of these filmmakers has an essential story to tell, and the Senator John Pinto Memorial Fund awards will help bring these stories to the screen,” NMFO Director Amber Dodson said. “We are immensely thankful to the late Senator John Pinto and his granddaughter Senator Shannon Pinto, and truly thrilled  to support diverse storytelling and filmmaking in New Mexico.”The following projects were approved for SJP funds:Chindi, submitted by Robert Mesa (Navajo and Soboba)“Chindi” tells a futuristic story about a woman in the year 2050 who sends her deceased husband’s mobile devices to a company that recreates an AI version of him using his data. However, after a few days she begins to feel like something is dangerously amiss.Diyin ~ Holy Project, submitted by Carrie House (Diné)“Diyin ~ Holy Project” is House’s creation of an indigenous Diné self-narrative. It is a personal and spiritual journey through the multimedia fine art of the filmmaker’s late brother, Conrad House. The film will be an experimental documentary of the deep revelations of Carrie and Conrad’s spiritual connection with the Holy People, within Navajo worldview.Dream Touch Believe, submitted by Jenna Winters (Santa Clara Pueblo)“Dream Touch Believe” is the story of Santa Clara Pueblo sculptor Michael Naranjo. As a young man, Naranjo lost his eyesight in the Vietnam War, but not his vision. The sculptor fought critics, social and racial stereotypes, and a disability to achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a world-renowned sculptor.Naranjo is Winters father. “For me, this is not a passion project. Preserving this story is my duty,” Winters said.Feeding Po’Pay, submitted by Geoffrey Kie (Pueblo of Laguna)“Feeding Po’Pay” is a journey to learn of Pueblo lifeways through an Indigenous Food Revolution. This project will be an expansion upon Kie’s initial film, which was a peek into the food insecurity that exists in his community. As a Pueblo person, Kie seeks to encourage passion, fight, and resilience among his people, especially in the youth.Heroes of the West, submitted by Lydell Mitchell (Diné)“Heroes of the West” tells the story of two Navajo kids in 1987 Albuquerque. Jason and Donny are just two nerdy kids from the wrong side of the tracks that have been best friends since kindergarten. After discovering a precious resource in the boys’ school bathroom during lunch, they fight to keep their claim and team up with a ragtag group of kids in order to make things right. Mitchell says that his work shows modern indigenous peoples navigating an alien world.Homeopathy for Native America (working title), submitted by Leahn Marie Cox (Navajo)This film seeks to show Cox’s view of the parallels between Homeopathy and Native American traditional healing wisdom. Understanding these parallels, Cox explains, can re-inspire interest in Native forms of healing and can help find solutions for highly traumatized and impoverished communities.Just Kids, submitted by Forrest Goodluck (Diné)“Just Kids” is a film based in Albuquerque. It follows the lives of three young men, best friends in high school, just coming back from their first year of college. It’s a coming-of-age story about culture and a look at how we form our own identity. Goodluck draws on his experience growing up in Albuquerque and the people in his life to lovingly create this film that explores the characters’ journeys.Lloyd “Kiva” New: An American Entrepreneur, submitted by Nathaniel Fuentes (Santa Clara Pueblo)A feature documentary about Lloyd “Kiva” New, focusing on the years that established him as the first Indigenous fashion designer with the “Kiva” Brand and as an indigenous entrepreneur.Marlon, submitted by Kevin Brown (Navajo)“Marlon” is the heartbreaking tale of an older, sensitive Native American artist trying to find his path. It’s based on a true story, a story often overlooked in today’s society, and it provides no easy answers.“Re-Indigenizing Minds” submitted by Colleen Gorman (Diné)“Re-Indigenizing Minds” is a series, hosted by Roger Cultee and Colleen Gorman, which teaches a unique Indigenous perspective of the cosmos using sacred calendars, geometry, art, math, science, and knowledge shared across Native cultures. Gorman brings her experience as both artist and teacher to this project.River Bank, submitted by Charine Gonzales (San Ildefonso Pueblo)“River Bank” is a Pueblo Narrative Short Film about two fictional characters from the San Ildefonso Pueblo. Gonzales describes it as a “Robin Hood story where Tisha and Saya give to the River and the River gives back to the people.”Rez Dogs, submitted by Steven Tallas (Navajo)“Rez Dogs” is a coming-of-age feature film about young people dealing with the problems of living on the reservation, and later coming to the realization that the reservation would always be home. The film was made on a low budget with funds received through a Facebook fundraising campaign. The SJP grant will be used to complete post-production on the film.Rude Girl, submitted by Joshua Zunie (Zuni Pueblo)“Rude Girl” tells the story of Oaklynn, a half Native American and half white teenager, dealing with self-identity issues. She connects with her grandmother in an enchanted desert called Summerland to become a superhero and face a longtime bully.Three Generations: A Family of Artists, submitted by Dawning Pollen Shorty (Taos Pueblo/Sioux and Diné)Dawning Pollen Shorty was raised at Taos Pueblo in the shadow of the Taos Mountain. Her mother (Track family) is Taos Pueblo/ Sioux and her father (Shorty family) is Diné. “Three Generations” is a short documentary film that chronicles the lives and histories of the Track/Shorty family through almost one hundred years. The family still continues a tradition of inspiration and creation that has stretched through three generations working as models, potters, sculptors, painters, and musicians.Together, submitted by Stanley Bain Jr. (Navajo)“Together” follows Kelly and Mason, both alcoholics, one in recovery and the other still falling prey to his deadly addiction. When Mason reaches out for help, they reconnect one night after months apart.Bain explains his approach as a filmmaker: “Being a filmmaker provides the opportunity to tell a good story with great characters to provide that escape, or even make an impact beyond that escape, on someone’s life, as it did for me.”Yazhi Boy, submitted by Daniel Edward Hyde (Navajo and Belizean)“Yazhi Boy” is a comedy about an unemployed Navajo millennial who sets off on a spiritual quest in the Chuska Mountains as civilization crumbles in the world down below.Exploring the unique experience of the Navajo Millenial, “Yazhi Boy” considers how one might find their own path toward traditional culture, while still following the time-honored tradition of adaptation.“Thank you to the New Mexico Film Office and all those who helped make this a reality. I appreciate all the applicants and encourage their continued participation,” Sen. Shannon Pinto said. “Congratulations to the Native American filmmaker awardees, I hope your endeavors lead to extraordinary experiences and long-lasting relationships that change lives for you and the underrepresented communities.”“I am very grateful to [Senator] John Pinto for creating this grant for Native American filmmakers in New Mexico,” filmmaker Leahn Marie Cox (Homeopathy for Native America) said. “It takes effort to appreciate traditional indigenous knowledge in the world today. I do not lament this, but see this serious challenge as unique and demanding.”The SJP applications were reviewed by judges Chris Eyre, Nanobah Becker, Ramona Emerson, and Beverly Morris.last_img read more

DevSecs buys north London’s Oriental City

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City of London gives Houston lift-off for retail upgrade

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Feeling O2 Good

first_imgIndependent/Nicole TeitlerBeing overwhelmed with responsibility, emotion, and negativity can become second nature. But is it possible to be overwhelmed with goodness? Feeling O2 Good in Riverhead hopes to make that possible. Since its opening in 2018, owner Matthew Forrest has set his sights on changing the way locals live. He believes his spot on the roundabout on Flanders Road is a complete one-stop-shop for your wellness needs. The vibe is a far cry from what you traditionally think of when you hear wellness on the East End. Envision “Wanderlust” — a 2012 film starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston — open minds, open hearts, and a lot of positive energy. The host of services include an oxygen bar, infrared sauna, ionic foot detox, whole-body vibration machine, full-body red light therapy, chi machine, ozone therapy, and a hot yoga studio. But that’s not all. There’s also a juice bar, kombucha on tap, immune-boosting products, pure alkaline water, açaí bowls, organic nuts and seeds in bulk, herbal remedies, tinctures, vitamins, probiotics, and teas. In being both health and environmentally-conscious, everything is sold in glass or biodegradable containers with plans to use more hemp products “as the landscape continues to shift,” Forrest said. All of this is in an inconspicuous blue building with a smiley face emoji welcoming passersby. Feeling O2 Good wants to be a platform for making healing affordable and accessible to everyone. The company now offers 18-person entirely donation-based yoga classes, making it the first and only studio of its kind on the East End. “We have positioned ourselves in such a way that we have the opportunity to offer such a thing,” Forrest said. “We all need to connect with each other in a way that can break through this hard shell that we have been cloaked in. Yoga is a way for us to drop our armor and connect as perfectly imperfect as we all are.” It’s a lot of positive energy to fit into a building designed more like a home than a holistic wellness spa. But what makes the place unique is the backstory behind it. Before its opening, Forrest was just another construction worker on Long Island who went to the gym. His inspiration for change began in the summer of 2016, when being poisoned from eating chicken dramatically changed his life. “Three days later I couldn’t breathe,” he said. “It went on for over a year.”Independent/Nicole TeitlerHis organs started shutting down, causing him to lose 30 pounds. At the same time, his father was losing a five-year battle with cancer. So, Forrest began to read, study, and research alternative solutions to traditional medicine, hoping to help both himself and his father. He fasted, went vegan, got into oxygen therapy, and juiced. “I formulated a system of healing for myself that was rigorous and promising,” he said. Then one day, while riding the Long Island Rail Road to Manhattan, he got the dreaded call from his brother that their father had died. “I closed my eyes and began to pray for my father, and his face, as real as your reflection in the mirror, visited me in that moment,” Forrest said. “He said, ‘When you cure yourself, don’t be selfish, help others do the same. What you know is not common knowledge.’ And, with my head in my hands, I wept and prayed to God to never let me forget that I was blessed with that visit and that message. I knew everything was going to change, and here we are.” Feeling O2 Good is a destination dedicated to harnessing the energy that’s right in front of you. “I am a faith-based person and we are a faith-based project — and that is the difference,” Forrest said. “We promote hope and kindness. We are here to plant seeds, to be present with people, to listen, to care about each other, to create community.”nicole@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

Atlas Copco to acquire Perceptron

first_imgHeadquartered in Michigan, Perceptron has approximately 300 employees, and in the fiscal year 2020, had revenues of €54m (SEK 569m).Henrik Elmin, Business Area President Industrial Technique, said, “Flexible automation and in-line quality control on the production line are two strong trends where we want to support customers in their transition towards digital manufacturing.”“Through Perceptron’s position in automated metrology and robot guidance, together with the recent acquisition of ISRA VISION, we are creating a strong offering in machine vision solutions and extending the Smart Factory Automation business segment.”Petrceptron will become part of Atlas Copco’s newly created division Machine Vision Solutions within the Industrial Technique business area.“The acquisition of Perceptron will enable us to increase our customers’ productivity through best-in-class quality control and an increased automation level.”“Perceptron has almost 40 years of experience as a leading global provider of 3D automated measurement solutions. There are several identified synergies in sales, operations, service and technology development from Perceptron joining the Machine Vision Solutions division.”The transaction will be completed by way of a negotiated statutory merger. It has been approved by the Board of Directors of both companies.last_img read more

Awards for academic performance

first_img From left are, Bridgeville Primary School librarian, Sonia Sauls, who helped the pupils prepare for the reading competition, Bradley Visagie, who took second place in English, Uzair Kannemeyer, who won first place in Afrikaans, Sa-Jida Hudson, who took first place for English, Chantal Hess, who took third place for Afrikaans and principal Stanley Allies. 1 of 2 Showing off their Western Cape Education Department certificates, are from left, teachers Portia Baatjes, Tina Willard, Sweetness Soyeye and principal Stanley Allies.center_img Showing off their Western Cape Education Department certificates, are from left, teachers Portia Baatjes, Tina Willard, Sweetness Soyeye and principal Stanley Allies. Pupils of Bridgeville Primary School made their parents and teachers burst with pride when they excelled academically.They not only received an award from the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) for outstanding performance in both English home language and mathematics for Grade 3, but more recently, the Grade 7 pupils also flew the Bridgeville banner high when they performed well at the Bridgetown library’s reading competition.Principal Stanley Allies said: “The results of our Grade 3 systemic test for 2016 show that our pupils have improved on their results substantially – way above the provincial level benchmark. We must acknowledge our former Grade 3 teacher, Daphne Kader, who has been instrumental in us achieving these results.“We are also celebrating the excellent results of the annual reading competition. Our pupils won top honours. Sa-Jida Hudson took first place for English, and Bradley Visagie took second place. Uzair Kannemeyer won first place for Afrikaans. “The staff and our school governing body are very proud of our pupils’ achievements – they are paving the way for the younger pupils. We shall work hard to retain the honours in striving towards academic excellence at Bridgeville Primary School.”last_img read more