Student hits ‘GameDay’ shot

first_imgSenior Casey Murdock had the luck of the Irish on his side Saturday morning when he made a half-court shot at College GameDay to win $18,000. “When I saw the ball bank into the hoop on the second shot, I honestly did not know how to feel,” Murdock said. “I was completely at a loss for words.” Murdock hit the shot on his second attempt during the ESPN program’s broadcast from Purcell Pavilion. The avid basketball fan said he plans to act responsibly with his winnings. “I’m definitely going to save the majority of it; I’ll invest it somehow so that I can prepare for life after college,” Murdock said. “At the same time, when something like that happens, you need to celebrate somehow, so I’ll figure out a way to have fun with a little bit of it.” Murdock’s favorite part of the experience was the crowd rushing the court to pile on him after he made the winning shot. Being surrounded by a horde of people, including the Notre Dame men’s basketball team, was completely overwhelming, he said. “It felt like the entire Notre Dame community was celebrating this amazing moment not only for me, but with me,” he said. “It truly made me feel like part of a family, and at that point there was no more I could ask for.” After the shot, Murdock said he found his friends and captured the moment through taking pictures and then continued celebrating at his home. “I returned to my off-campus house, and as soon as I walked in the door all of my friend piled on me and started screaming with excitement,” he said. Murdock said he practices shooting the ball around almost every day and has made half-court shots before, but he did not actually practice in preparation for “College GameDay.” He has received many comments about the unorthodox form he used to get the winning shot, he said. “I seem to have a better chance from half-court when I float the ball,” Murdock said. “In the end, though, I made it, and that’s about all that matters.” Murdock said he continued celebrating by attending the men’s basketball game Saturday night, in which the Irish defeated Louisville 104-101 in a five-overtime game. “It was all completely surreal, and definitely made one of the best days of my life,” Murdock said.last_img read more

3 leadership strategies for a time of transition

first_img 53SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dawn Poker Dawn joined cues in 2007. Dawn has served as VP of Conferences and Executive Education, SVP/CLO and in 2010 she became the SVP/Chief Member Relations Officer. Prior to … Web: Details The CUES team is fired up to drive forward the organization and its talent development mission, even in this period of big change. The fact that this wonderful group of employees has such spirit is a real tribute to the culture of empowerment and engagement fostered by former CUES President/CEO Chuck Fagan, who’s moved on to lead CUES Supplier member PSCU, St. Petersburg, Fla.Here are three strategies I’ve been using as CUES’ interim CEO, practices I’m finding effective in supporting the CUES team and its evolving culture. You might want to try them next you’re leading a credit union during an uncertain period–like waiting for a new CEO to be named.Manage to your line of sight. You can only control what’s in front of you. You have no control over who a search committee is going to hire or if someone on the current team is going to leave as a result of the person who is named. Focus on the things over which you do have influence.Over-communicate. Since I typically telecommute, I came to CUES’ Madison headquarters when I was named interim CEO. This made me more visible to staff and gave me the opportunity to stop by every office to check in. One of the things I heard during these informal meetings was that staff would find reassurance in having monthly all-staff meetings, so they’re now on the calendar. In addition, our board chair videoconferenced into the April meeting to support staff and give an update on how the CEO search is going.I’ve also been working closely with the senior management team, making sure we’re complementing each other and continuing the succession plan. In all, the senior management team and I are working hard to be transparent, communicative and inclusive. At CUES, everyone has great ideas. Our job is to make sure those great ideas are heard. It’s also important to communicate that we understand this is a time of transition and, even so, we’re moving onward and upward.Reflect (and reprioritize). CUES’ department heads met recently to discuss our top priorities for the remainder of this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. We agreed we needed to focus on five or six things rather than 20. Staff also has reflected on the evolving organizational culture, and given feedback to the CUES Board of Directors about what things are most important to preserve as the new CEO is selected.Credit unions will see many planned retirements and resulting new CEOs in the next few years. I am certain there will be unexpected CEO changes as well. If you find yourself leading in a time of transition, I hope these strategies will prove useful to you, your team and your credit union.last_img read more

Mills serving up success for Wisconsin

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald PhotoYou wouldn’t know by looking at her that she was a key member of the University of Wisconsin volleyball team. After all, she is only 5-foot-6, looking up at a starting lineup stuffed with 6-footers.Even if she can’t smack any kills for the No. 10-ranked Badgers, Megan Mills has been deadly to Wisconsin opponents with her serving and defense.Mills, a sophomore from Portage, Wis., is rapidly becoming a fantastic option off the bench for head coach Pete Waite as Wisconsin (8-1) heads into Big Ten play, beginning this Friday at 7 p.m. at the UW Field House against the No. 5-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-1).”Megan Mills is somebody who’s stepped up for us as a defensive specialist, and really is becoming a serving specialist as well,” Waite said.In 2004, Mills played her freshman year as a tentative defensive replacement for the outside hitters during the Badger matches.”At the end of the year, I started going in for Aubrey (Meierotto) after she served, but I would also come in and serve for [2004 Badger Jill Odenthal, who graduated last year],” Mills said. “This year, it’s been pretty consistent that I come in for Audra Jeffers.”During the InnTowner Invitational last weekend, Mills hit five service aces against two service errors. Her best game came against Valparaiso, setting a career high with three aces without missing a serve.”Against Valparaiso, Megan was just serving well, and that really got them out of their offense. We got a lot of points out of her (serving) rotation,” Waite said.The Badgers’ biggest win of the weekend came in the final round against the No. 13 UCLA Bruins, as Mills came up huge, serving on 22 out of 90 points that fell in Wisconsin’s favor.After that match, Waite praised Mills for her play coming off the bench, speaking of her importance to the team in their success.”Obviously, it’s nice to hear that, to know that I’m contributing in some way,” Mills said. Mills’ success in 2005 has been a large reason why UW’s serving statistics have drastically improved. Last year’s team ranked dead last in the Big Ten in serving, with 1.02 service aces and 2.46 serving errors per game. After three tournaments this season, Wisconsin is now averaging 1.81 aces per game.”We struggled with serving last year, so this year our goals are to get more serves in and make them tougher,” Mills said. “We want to force the other team to pass better in order to run their offense.”While other members of the team, including sophomore libero Jocelyn Wack and sophomore setter Jackie Simpson, rely on more aggressive serving styles, Mills has been working on a conservative serve in order to keep the ball in play and give the Badgers a chance to work into the offense.”I have the same serving ritual as the others, but that’s more to keep me in the game, to keep me focused when I get back there on every serve,” Mills said. “I’ve been working on the floater serve every practice, which just makes good, solid contact and keeps the ball moving after I hit it, instead of following through and putting spin on it.”Perhaps the varied style that Wisconsin takes on when Mills enters the game has added to the team’s success when she serves. With Wack and sophomore defensive specialist Amanda Berkley joining Mills in the backcourt, not to mention the Badgers’ highly-touted blocking team, things can get rather tricky for UW opponents when they attempt to put the ball away.”We do change our defense, not necessarily because I’m serving, but we have put together a different rotation to play a different style of defense when I’m in there,” Mills said. “We have had to adapt our passing; there’s no back-court passing when I’m in there, because Jo (Wack), Berkley and I are the defenders and none of us can hit (offensively). So, if anything, we’re just back there with a defensive state of mind, making sure we’re digging the balls out to our offense.”With the Golden Gophers coming to town, Waite certainly hopes to see Minnesota struggle with Mills’ serve as have other Badger competition this year.”She’s really keeping the other teams out of their offense. And that’s the biggest part. If you serve tough, the other team can’t play offense how they want to,” Waite said.Mills said the team looks to the UCLA victory, as well as past success against the interstate rival, for added confidence.”We beat them at home last year, and so we obviously want to keep it up where we left off.”last_img read more

Carnival to resume cruises from Miami in August

first_imgCarnival Cruises has announced that it plans to resume voyages from Miami and Port Canaveral starting in August.The  cruise line made the announcement on Monday, stating that 8 of it’s cruise ships from Miami, Port Canaveral, and Galveston, Texas will resume operations on August 1st.The 8 cruise ships that will be operational are Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic and Carnival Sensation in Miami, Carnival Breeze and Carnival Elation in Port Canaveral, and Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Vista in Galveston.All other North American and Australian cruises will be canceled through Aug. 31 including those that were scheduled to take place between July 27th and July 31st.Guest impacted by any of these changes will be contacted by their travel advisor and will be given the option of a full refund, combined future cruise credits, or onboard credits.last_img read more

Greeners on the Cutting Edge Lecture Series Explores Technology’s Advancements

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeEvery day, technology continues to profoundly impact our lives—especially the careers of today’s college students. Further exploring the state of technology today, The Evergreen State College is hosting a lecture series on computing issues called Greeners on the Cutting Edge, focusing on Evergreen students’ roles in the future of technology.The lecture series kicked off March 31st and continues with a lecture each week until June 2nd and is a part of the ongoing PLATO Lecture Series. This series is offered every year at Evergreen by faculty who bring outside speakers to Evergreen to address computing issues that are of broad interest to the campus community.“This particular series is a celebration of Evergreen graduates who are ‘on the cutting edge’,” said Judy Cushing, computer science faculty at Evergreen and organizer of the series. “We really wanted to show current Evergreen students some possible lives after Evergreen, and demonstrate to those in the community the success of our graduates. Some, but not all, of the speakers studied computer science here at Evergreen.  All are highly successful.”Topics include software quality, the intersections between technology and social justice, and education for job skills (presented by co-founder and Evergreen graduate Lynda Weinman). Designer and artist Dylan Sisson will present the next lecture in the series on advances in CGI technology on April 14th.The lectures will take place every Monday of Evergreen’s spring quarter at 1:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall 1 on Evergreen’s Olympia campus. More information, including the lineup and lecture topics, can be found at series is funded by software development royalties paid to the College by Control Data Corp, for John Aikin’s development (with students) of Computer Aided Instruction and is named after the influential PLATO programming language, which led to great advances in computer technology.last_img read more

Rose Hall sugar workers protest harsh working conditions

first_img…demand owed severanceOver 100 sugar workers have downed tools and held a peaceful demonstration in front of the Rose Hall Estate in East Canje, Berbice (Region Six, East Berbice-Corentyne) in response to the harsh working conditions meted out to them for several months.Workers protesting against harsh working conditionsAccording to the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), the workers were transferred to the Albion Estate after the closure of the Rose Hall Estate back in 2017. From that time onwards, serious difficulties ensued in carry out their daily functions.During the second day of the picketing exercise, the workers held placards highlighting their plight. They related that they were unable to earn on many days due to the insufficient punts to load the sugarcane. Consequently, it takes two days of work to achieve a daily earning.Adding to the list of hardships, the distance travelled to reach the Albion Estate is greater, and workers would reach late to their work sites, impeding productivity. Usually, work would begin as early as 05:30h to capitalise on the favourable weather conditions, but the present situation results in them commencing at 08:30h, when the sun is scorching.According to GAWU, the protestors claimed that the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s initial position was that they would be working in a section of the Rose Hall cultivation which was annexed to the Albion Estate. As the matter unfolded, they realised that this was not the case.Workers calling for their severance paymentsAfter the protest ensued earlier this week, GUYSUCO wrote the Union to inform that disciplinary action would be taken against those participating in the picketing exercise.GAWU responded, insisting that the workers are subject to freedom of expression, and further opened the floor for dialogue between the mediating parties.GAWU, in a response dated April 03, 2019, pointed out to the sugar company that workers, as Guyanese, have a right of expression. “The possibility of disciplinary action could be seen as impinging on that inalienable constitutional right…The workers, during today’s (Thursday) picketing exercise, echoed similar views, and called on GuySuCo officials to engage them in frank dialogue,” the Union stated.The workers are also calling on GuySuCo to pay them their severance pay. They have already sought legal advice from Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall on the matter.“At this time, the law is being examined to see what possibilities present themselves, and the Union will be accordingly guided”, the Union has said.In December 2017, some 181 workers from the Rose Hall Estate lost their jobs when the estate closed its doors. Most of those who were transferred to the Albion and Blairmont Estates were from the East Bank of Berbice.While many await the second half of their severance pay, many of the jobless workers are finding it difficult to secure employment. This, several workers have said, has forced them to utilise the first half of their severance to meet their expenses and obligations.Last December, workers from the closed estates protested in front of Parliament Building during the budget debates in a bid to have their voices heard in regard to the owed severance payments.last_img read more

Less than two weeks to go until the highly anticipated Letterkenny Busking festival

first_imgThe fifth annual Letterkenny Busking Festival is taking place along Letterkenny’s Main Street on Saturday the 24th of August. Spots are filling up fast for this annual festival so if you would like to take part, we would encourage you to register now.This year’s event is set to be the most competitive yet with various types of performers from Donegal and beyond registered to participate in the competition. But it’s not just about competing. The whole street will be alive with music and performance. This year the Busking festival is taking place during the weekend of the 50th Anniversary of the Letterkenny International Folk Festival so Letterkenny will be full of people who are here for all the various activities and after the busking there will be more live acts on the street.Each act will be in with a chance of winning prizes from the €1000 prize fund but not everyone can win. The acts love the support and can maybe collect a few cents from appreciative audiences. So if you’re out on Saturday 24th August between 11am to 2pm come and see some brilliant acts showcase their talents.Spots are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so it is best to pre-register for the festival and all performers will be visited by the judges.This year a special guest will announce the winners at a prize-giving event at McGinley’s Bar at 2.30pm. The winning act will have the chance to perform on stage at the venue. So while you’re shopping in town, head up to the Main Street and feast your eyes and ears on some great performances. The Letterkenny Busking Festival draws a large crowd each year of both spectators and performers.“Bringing music on to the street on a Saturday afternoon always brings a feel-good atmosphere especially in the Summer”, explains Leonard Watson President of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce that is organising the Busking Festival through its ShopLK Brand.“This year we have a great line up of entertainment building on previous years. With the prize fund on offer we know we’ll have a high standard of acts and we encourage everyone to come out and support the buskers on the day”.“ShopLK is all about enjoying the best shopping experience in Letterkenny and we want our regular customers and visitors to the town to really enjoy what Letterkenny has to offer. This type of event, that is funded through the Retail Promotion initiative from Donegal County Council, makes happy shoppers and creates a real buzz.”Come along on Saturday 24th August to Letterkenny Main Street and see magicians, dancers, street entertainers, trad groups and more celebrating local and national talent. Support our acts and help to bring the main street alive this Summer. To pre-register for the competition and get more information on the competition format, etc, check out our Facebook page at or alternatively email [email protected] than two weeks to go until the highly anticipated Letterkenny Busking festival was last modified: August 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Dhar MP Savitri Thakur of BJP

first_imgSavitri Thakur,  Dhar (ST Reserved), BJPWinning margin – 104,328 votes.2. She defeated her nearest Congress rival Umang Singhar. 3. Educational qualification – Higher Secondary, Marital Status – Married, Children – 2 sons.4.  Asset declared – Rs 9,206,464, criminal cases – noneSavitri was a social worker before joining politics. She was co-ordinator of the NGO Vashp for 9 years. Her husband is a farmer and her father, a retired employee of the state forest department.She didn’t have anyone in her family who was active in politics. However, her family has been associated with the RSS for a long time.The 16th Lok Sabha elections was the first big elections she fought. Earlier, she successfully won  Dhar Zila Panchayat president elections in 2006.She took a plunge in politics to empower poor, especially tribals. Her three priorities for constituency are Dhar-Jhabua rail line construction to join the two tribal-dominated districts, industrialisation and setting up of sugar mills.Savitri is expecting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will provide strong leadership to the country and turn the country into a developed nation. She says that Modi’s wave, Chouhan’s beneficial schemes and hard labour put in by BJP and RSS cadres helped her to win elections.She says that the primary responsibility of Parliament was to make effective laws and make the country strong. She says that social media was an effective tool for communication but it has not yet penetrated in tribal-dominated areas – like her constituency. Savitri says she does doesn’t find time for books, films, music and sports. She says that she draws pleasure in meeting people and mitigating their problems.She says that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was ideal politician for her. He was a great leader, who linked rural India with roads.She adds that politics can be done without money power but political patronage does help sometimes. Savitri says you money can’t buy votes. “It is the people connect that help a politician to get votes and win elections,” she adds.  She says that there was no threat to the country as long as Modi is the Prime Minister.Her solution to1.    Curb inflation – Strong government check.2.    Tackle communal violence – Tough action against rioters and appeasement of none.  3.    Stop terror attacks – Stringent laws against terrorists.4.    Stop corruption – A powerful campaign against graft and strict punishment.  5.    Normalise relations to Pakistan and China – Effective foreign policy.6.    Stabilise rupee – Increase export, reduce import.7.    Raise employment – Industrialisation.8.    Reduce poverty – More poor friendly schemes.last_img read more

Myanmar’s Yangon United ends Ceres Negros in Asian club tournament

first_imgSwimming sisters make big splash Playing in front of almost 10,000 spectators, Stephan Schrock’s spectacular goal at the stroke of halftime proved to be a consolation as the Busmen crashed out in the first phase of the most prestigious club competition in the continent.“It’s a tough result for us, but it’s hard to play when half of the team has not played since September and half the team has been playing a lot of competitive games in the past three months with different teammates,” said Schrock.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Busmen looked a step slower in the opening exchanges and their lack of a natural striker was exposed late on when they chased for an equalizer in the second half.Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic admitted he may have underestimated Yangon, which the Busmen defeated over two legs in the AFC Cup zonal semifinal last year. A 28th-minute free kick from Brazilian midfielder Vinicius Miller right at the edge of the area and sub Kaung Htet Soe’s close-range strike early in the second half boosted Yangon to a second round duel with Chiangrai United of Thailand on Tuesday.With Bienvenido Maranon only available for a cameo role as he was hampered by a back injury, the Busmen’s attack didn’t look as potent as it used to be, although OJ Porteria’s volley rattled the crossbar in the second half.A moment of brilliance from Schrock in the 44th minute gave the Ceres faithful a ray of hope heading into halftime. But while the Busmen had plenty of ball, they struggled to carve open a compact Yangon defense.The loss relegated the Busmen to the AFC Cup, where they will face Becamex Binh Duong of Vietnam, Persija Jakarta of Indonesia and Shan United of Myanmar.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town 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 ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war BACOLOD CITY—Ceres Negros shifts its focus to the AFC Cup for the fourth straight year, after a stunning first round exit in the AFC Champions League preliminary stage on Tuesday night.A night that started in a festive mood ended in heartbreak as the Busmen absorbed a stunning 2-1 loss to Myanmar champion Yangon United at a jampacked Panaad Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View commentslast_img read more