TOUGH LOSS—West Virginia’s Wes Lyons, right, dives for yardage while being held by Pitt’s Jarred Holley, lower left, during the first quarter Nov. 27, in Morgantown, W. Va. Maybe. And that’s a big maybe.A big loss before the Panthers’ biggest regular season game in decades means they could be asking themselves “What if…” after the season ends, just as they have so many times since their top 10 run of the late 1970s and early 1980s ended.Whenever the Panthers seem ready to turn the corner and return to being the power player they long were, something bad seems to happen.This time, something bad was West Virginia, a rival that has tormented Pitt repeatedly during a 102-game series in which the unexpected is commonplace and rankings and records truly mean nothing.The Mountaineers’ last-play 19-16 victory in Morgantown last Friday night offered some payback for Pitt’s stunning upset of the then-No. 2 West Virginia in 2007. It also takes some of the gloss off the first championship game in the 18 years the Big East has played football.“Coach told us not to dwell on this one too much, but it’s still tough,” defensive end Greg Romeus said. “And it hurts.”Wannstedt doesn’t doubt his players will be ready Saturday for Cincinnati (11-0, 6-0 in Big East)., which yielded 102 points and 1,338 yards in beating Connecticut (47-45), West Virginia (24-21) and Illinois (49-36) in its last three games. However, Wannstedt also said they wouldn’t be thinking about Cincinnati when they were preparing for West Virginia, only to say afterward his players weren’t ready.The Panthers (9-2, 5-1) huddled for a team meeting on Saturday—on what was supposed to be a day off—only 10 hours after returning to Pittsburgh.“We told everyone that we’re coming in and we’re going to get going on Cincinnati,” linebacker Adam Gunn said. “Our goal this year is to win the Big East championship.”Still, even if Pitt wins it, 10-2 won’t be the same as 11-1.What if Stull hadn’t thrown two interceptions? What if Noel Devine hadn’t needed a single block to break free on an 88-yard touchdown run? What if Wannstedt hadn’t gambled on a 53-yard field goal try? What if West Virginia hadn’t gained the last inch needed for a critical first down on the decisive drive that ended with Tyler Bitancurt’s fourth field goal, a 43-yarder?“This is tough, and it’s going to be tough,” said Stull. “Just considering the type of game this was, the Backyard Brawl, the last one for our seniors to be part of. …It hurts.”Might for a very long time, too. by Alan RobinsonPITTSBURGH (AP)—Maybe No. 8 Pitt will shake off the disappointment of its first Backyard Brawl loss to West Virginia since 2006, beat No. 5 Cincinnati, win the Big East Conference and play in a BCS bowl.Maybe a loss that will drop the Panthers out of the top 10 won’t hurt as badly if they end Cincinnati’s perfect season.
Facebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Harlequin Productions Harlequin Productions is proud to announce the relaunch of its Education Program. Classes for the Spring session will begin February 2019. Harlequin is committed to strengthening the foundation of artistic education by creating artistic opportunities for the community as well as the next generation of actors interested in pursuing a career in theatre.The program is open to students in three age groups: Youth (8-12), Teens (13 -18) and Adults (19+), and is designed for those interested in learning the fundamentals of theatre. All three programs run for 5 weeks. For more information or to apply, please call our Box Office at 360-705-3250, or visit our website at www.harlequinproductions.org/education.The Spring Youth Acting session runs February 25 – March 27, 2019. Classes consist of two-hour sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Fall session runs October 7 – November 6, 2019, also on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-6pm. Students will be introduced to the concepts of voice and diction, movement, stage presence, character development, and storytelling. Tuition is $400 and scholarships are available.The Spring session of Acting for Teens runs February 26 – March 28, 2019. Classes consist of two-hour sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Fall session runs October 8 – November 6, 2019, also on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm. Class topics include scene study, monologue work, movement and voice/diction. Tuition is $400 and scholarships are available.The Spring session of Acting for Adults runs March 1 – March 29, 2019. Classes consist of two-hour sessions on Fridays, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The Fall session runs October 11 – November 8, 2019, also on Fridays from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Classes include auditioning, advanced acting techniques and scene study, movement and voice/diction. Tuition is $200.Finally, the Summer Conservatory for Young Actors, ages 14-18, will provide an intensive, advanced exploration into the study of theatre. Students will receive conservatory-style training in acting, voice and diction, movement, improv, Shakespeare, and scene study (as well as the more technical aspects of theater, as time permits), culminating in a final performance. The Conservatory runs from June 24 – July 24, 2019, Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. All classes will be held in the State Theater. Tuition is $800 and scholarships are available.Applicants must audition for placement. Auditions will be held March 9 and March 16, 2019, and will require a monologue.
Facebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by League of Women Voters of Thurston CountyThe League of Women Voters of Thurston County invites viewers to watch the five televised candidate forums for the primary election on August 6. City council positions with 3+ candidates include Lacey, Olympia (2 positions), Olympia Mayor, and Yelm. The League worked with Thurston Community Media to produce these forums which will air on Comcast Channel 77 before August 5. The forums are available now via YouTube.The League is also working with The Olympian to sponsor a public candidate forum for Olympia mayor on Friday, June 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Olympia Center. The League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that does not support/oppose candidates or parties. Learn more about the work of the League and how to join at the League of Women Voters of Thurston County website.
LINCROFT – Monmouth County residents looking to ready themselves for jobs in new or growing fields have four new options this fall at Brookdale Community College.New for the 2013-2014 academic year is a national security studies track, a communication disorders option, a criminal justice certificate and a social media certificate that can be earned entirely online.The social media certificate teaches the skills needed to build or expand a business through social media. Three new classes developed for the program teach how to identify an audience, develop a compelling message, manage a brand, measure effectiveness and avoid common social network pitfalls. The courses are Introduction to Social Media, Writing in the Digital Age and Social Media Marketing.The national security studies track is part of the Criminal Justice Associate of Science program. Courses prepare students to transfer to the National Security Studies bachelor’s program at New Jersey City University.The communication disorders option is a pre-professional program that provides academic groundwork for students considering a career in speech and language. Students earn an associate of arts degree and transfer to another institution for further study. Courses include Voice and Diction, Introduction to Communication Disorders and American Sign Language.The criminal justice certificate is a 36-credit certificate designed for those seeking a career in law enforcement or looking to enhance their current career with academic credentials. Classes provide an overview of the criminal justice system and teach skills in emergency response and physical fitness. Students can apply the credits toward an associate degree in criminal justice.“It is essential for Brookdale to adapt to the national and global markets and provide a curriculum that will meet the needs of the economy and provide our students with the necessary skills and framework to achieve,” said Dianna Phillips, executive vice president of educational services.In addition to the new courses developed for these programs, other new courses this fall include Magazine Writing, Introduction to the Music Business, Automotive Electricity II and Air Conditioning, Project Management, Human Biology, Elementary Portuguese, Independent Chemistry Research and ESL Writing through Research I and II.
Dale Howell, tied for fifth in KIJHL scoring, is right behind Hunt in Leafs scoring with 11 points.Hunt, Howell and 16-year-old Ryan Piva are tied for the lead in goals for Nelson, each with four.Piva has goals in each of the last three games for Nelson.Paxton Malone and Mason Jones lead the league in scoring, each with 14 points.Injuries starting to add up for LeafsAfter having to sit a few players due to numbers, Leaf management is now beginning to see a few injuries add up on the roster.Dooley said netminder Jason Sandhu is out due to a lower body injury while Eamonn Miller and Jacob Karran are both out of the lineup due to upper body injuries.Dooley said all three players are expected back soon.Dooley said Spencer Selby missed some of the games at the start of the season because of his carding approval through hockey Alberta.’We signed (Spencer) late in the tryout process and and by the time his transfer went through all the necessary steps it wasn’t until after our first twogames he was approved.”Wounded NitehawksThe Nitehawks will be again missing two players for Friday’s game against Nelson.Tyler Hartman and McKoy Hauck were hit with two-game suspensions for multiple fights during the stoppage of play.The suspensions were picked up in the September 23 game against Grand Forks forcing the pair to miss Saturday’s game against Nelson.Grand Forks and Beaver Valley combined for more than 200 minutes in penalties during the game, won 5-2 by Grand Forks.This was the second time this season Grand Forks and Beaver Valley players spent more time in the penalty box than on the player’s bench.Grand Forks goalie Anthony Gilliart and Rylan Smaha-Muir also received two-game suspensions. One month into the season and not one team in the Murdoch Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has taken control.Currently, three teams — Grand Forks Border Bruins, Beaver Valley Nitehawks and Nelson Leafs — are tied for top spot with the Bruins getting the edge having played one less game.Right on the heels of the three front-runners is Castlegar Rebels, who have won three straight games after struggling out of the gates after losing twice during an East Kootenay road trip.The Nelson Leafs continue its September run through the Murdoch Division by hosting the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The game is the lone contest on the schedule for Nelson after the Leafs played three times last weekend.”Right now our concern is putting together a full 60 minutes of hockey, developing our team systems . . . especially defensively,” said Leaf coach Sean Dooley on the eve of the game against the defending Murdoch Division champs.”We’re doing a good job putting the puck in the net and now we have to focus on keeping it out of ours.”The two teams have hooked up three times already, and the season is not even out of September.Beaver Valley started the season by edging the Leafs 3-1 on opening night. Nelson evened the series last Saturday with a 4-3 win in Fruitvale.Hunt on fire to start the seasonNelson Leafs winger Sawyer Hunt appears to have found his scoring touch after returning to his roots in the Heritage City.The 5’11”, 175-pound Nelson Minor Hockey grad has points in five of the Leafs seven games — registering points in the last three contests.Hunt, tied for third in KIJHL scoring, finished his final season in Kimberley with 35 points.If he continues his at this pace, the former Dynamiter would almost triple his points total of a year ago.
Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookOAKLAND — Warriors guard Stephen Curry expressed excitement for agreeing to take a tour of the Johnson Space Center in Houston at an unspecified date. Curry also offered some contrition for joking in a recent podcast that the moonlanding in 1969 didn’t happen.“I had an opportunity to talk to somebody that’s very well knowledgeable in that industry,” Curry said. “One to …
IN reflecting on the value of strong commercial brands to a country’s nation brand, I stumbled upon the following definition of national competitiveness :“National Competitiveness is a term that can be defined on a number of levels. At its most basic level, a country’s competitiveness requires a good use of human and natural resources for a country to achieve some goal. The goals that a country chooses are a reflection of the philosophy of the country, but they typically have two things in common: productivity and efficiency. A country can achieve a better competitive position through its ability to introduce productivity and efficiency into its use of these human and natural resources.Ultimately, the competitiveness focus of a country is intended to drive some higher order benefit – from improved quality of life to longer life expectancy – but the common language for such goals tends to focus on increasing the inflow of capital to the country, in the form of exports or foreign direct investment.”Brand South Africa and Brand Finance will on 22 July 2014 announce the country’s top 50 commercial brands. This explanation of a country’s national competitiveness becomes very pertinent when we consider why this announcement will matter to our overall nation brand, competitiveness and reputation.Indeed, Simon Anholt, who is regarded as the father of nation branding has said that “national image has more to do with national identity and the politics and economics of competitiveness.”In the politics and economics of competitiveness, we need to consider more than just the country’s GDP and other such numbers.We need to consider whether we are competitive in terms of being able to grow a nation that can compete equitably with global peers, are we growing individual brands with solid reputations that are considered as leaders in their individual industries?I believe that with any developing country and emerging economy, such as South Africa is, a plethora of challenges continue to confront our country and its developmental agenda. The National Development Plan succinctly outlines these challenges and at the same time, proposes suitable remedies that must be implemented. I recently heard a term – execution deficit – I am convinced that this is our country’s most serious affliction. We have wonderful policies yet we simply do not implement them. A cursory reading of many of them will make one ask the question, “Why do we need another policy? Why do we not just implement what we already have in place?”However, on a corporate level, I think that we have begun to look systemically at what needs to be done to develop and sustain a competitive advantage in the global market place.Many of the Top 50 brands actually have a presence beyond the borders of our country and this attests to the fact that we are beginning to get the formula for sustainable competitive advantage correct. Quite a few of our home grown commercial brands are now blazing the trail both on the continent and abroad, contributing to strong and positive associations of South Africa across the globe. In turn, they build the attractiveness profile of the country for inward investment, “visitability” and skills.A country’ products and services are a critical competence and measure used by investors and consumers to rate the country’s appeal and attractiveness. A nation’s brands are purveyors of the identity, image and attributes of a country and therefore go a long way in the nation brand building and promotion process.When one looks at our top national brands with their domestic and international presence, it is therefore befitting that South Africa continues to rank as a top destination not only for tourism but also inward investment.In this regard, the recent AT Kearny FDI Confidence Index ranks South Africa 13th globally, the only African country to be in the top 25 in the world while the EY Africa Attractiveness Survey attests to South Africa’s standing as the top destination for FDI projects on the continent. The country attracted 142 projects in 2013, Kenya comes second with 68 projects; Nigeria comes third with 58 projects; and Ghana comes 4th with 58 projects as well.Despite how good all of this sounds, something that stands out for me is the contribution these commercial brands make to our national GDP. While this calculation is never an exact science, using the 2012 World Bank Local Currency GDP and ZAR revenue for the top 50 companies in 2013, we see their contribution to GDP at a phenomenal 66%.This by itself is a staggering figure but I’m certain the picture will grow more appealing if we look at the contribution of these companies to the fiscus through tax contributions and job creation.The central message is that our national top 50 commercial brands are an important driver of our nation brand reputation and competitiveness.This matters because South Africa is committed to positioning itself in the global marketplace as a destination of choice for inward flows of investment and capital. This will contribute to our national priorities of economic growth, job creation and sustainable development and ultimately the implementation of the National Development Plan.Watch out for the announcement of the 2014 Top 50 Brands on Tuesday 22 July 2014.
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The flood situation in Assam deteriorated on Sunday with one person losing his life, while nearly five lakh people are hit across 15 districts.Concerned over the grim flood condition in Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and took stock of the prevailing situation in the State besides assuring him of all Central help.According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one person died in the swirling flood waters in Karimganj district. With this, the total number of persons losing their lives in this year’s flood-related cases has gone up to 26, including seven in Guwahati. The ASDMA said more than 4.87 lakh people are currently suffering in Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Golaghat, Cachar, Dhemaji, Biswanath, Karimganj, Sonitpur, Majuli, Barpeta, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Morigaon and Chirang districts.3.83 lakh affected Till Saturday, 3.83 lakh people were affected in the latest wave of flood across the State. Around 1,096 villages are under water and nearly 41,200 hectares of crop area have been damaged, ASDMA said, adding, the worst affected is Lakhimpur, where over 1.21 lakh people have been affected by the deluge, followed by Karimganj with more than 1.19 lakh sufferers. Authorities are running 181 relief camps and distribution centres in 10 districts, where 17,744 persons are currently taking shelter. Across the Sstate, 1,88,148 animals and poultry have been affected by the flood waters. Due to the impact of flood waters, many roads, embankments and bridges have been damaged in several districts, including Majuli, Dhemaji, Morigaon, Biswanath, Sivasagar, Golaghat, Jorhat, Karimganj, Sonitpur and Nagaon.Above danger markThe Brahmaputra is flowing above danger mark at Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur, along with Dibrugarh, Goalpara and Dhubri towns. Other rivers in the State are also flowing above danger mark.
The juvenile, apprehended in connection with the alleged murder of his seven-year-old school mate was on Saturday sent to judicial custody till November 22. He will be kept at an observation home.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) produced the 16-year-old before Judicial Magistrate (First Class) of the Juvenile Justice Board Devinder Singh. The CBI said the “custodial interrogation of the child in conflict with law was almost complete and he was no more required in police custody”. The father of the juvenile also moved the JJ Board seeking appropriate action against CBI officials for allegedly violating its orders. The application said the CBI had violated the Board’s orders that interrogation be conducted between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for three days.