There are numerous examples of companies that did not adjust to the changes in their industries that are no longer with us. Kodak, Border Books and Blockbuster come to mind. One disruptor has been so effective, their name is now used as a verb in describing the effect, getting “Uber-ed” referring to losing your market to a disruptor with little capital investment. In hindsight, the disruption to these business models was obvious yet companies did not act in time. It is human nature to be in denial when dramatic change is required, but change is often required to survive. Netflix changed from a DVD delivery model to an online streaming model and they have flourished.Credit unions are at such an inflection point today. In the 1930’s credit unions were the disrupters. In those days, people had very limited choices to obtain financial services. You had to be within a short travel distance from a financial institution. Credit unions provided reasonably priced services to common folks. They were service oriented. Credit unions did so through a collaborative model. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Spend tax money to teach kids valuesThe April 3 news about Shaun Wiggins’ decision to be a candidate for the Saratoga school board is interesting.The focus on an armed educational campus, similar to youth detention centers, advocates spending money on armed personnel instead of the Board of Regents’ policy to teach youth how to peacefully relate socially and emotionally with each other’s differences. The news indicated Mr. Wiggins suggested an outsourcing tactic to shift responsibility of armed personnel to a “peacekeeper authority not under civilian authority.” Even though Mr. Wiggins’ educational model may advocate the Christian Brothers Academy and LaSalle Institute system that outsources its military discipline system, to my knowledge, the military personnel are not armed.The 2018-19 State Education’s Supportive Schools Grant (SSG) Program awarded only $2 million to build healthy, supportive, and safe learning environments for youth and start a Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center. The way to reduce incidences of bullying, harassment, and discrimination is with a sound educational program teaching youth the social and emotional values and non-violence behaviors that will ensure their future communities.Michael McGlynnWatervlietMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionUnion’s president promotes censorshipUnion College President David Harris responded to President Trump’s executive order regarding free speech on college campuses. President Harris opposes free speech on college campuses. This assertion creates an atmosphere for censorship. He wants “something more than free speech” which he calls “constructive engagement.” He states four conditions must be met for constructive engagement. One, the goal of speaking must be understanding; two, a speaker must respond to sincereaudience questions; three, the speaker’s responses must be respectful; and four, speakers must support their views with reasoned arguments. Mr. Harris omits the most important condition, the rules the audience must follow. What assurances will Union give speakers that audiences will behave respectfully? Contrast Mr. Harris’ dogmatic approach to that of the University of Chicago, also a private institution. There, free speech means what we believe it means. You can’t defame someone; you can’t violate the law; you can’t interfere with the functioning of the University. The university can regulate the time, place and manner of speaking, “But these are narrow exceptions to the general principle of freedom of expression.” These “Chicago Principles” have been adopted by 60 colleges and universities. If Union does its job as described by its president, that students are taught how and why to think and not what to think, then Union students should treat speakers with dignity, thus making his four conditions unnecessary. Clearly, “constructive engagement” is a euphemism for censorship.Richard EvansBurnt Hills
MASON CITY – For the second time this season, NIACC’s Mandy Willems has been selected as the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference women’s basketball player of the week for the week of Jan. 14-20.Willems, who prepped at AGWSR, scored 78 points, including 17 3-point goals, in the No. 5 NIACC’s three games last week where the Lady Trojans went 2-1. She scored 24 points against DMACC, 26 points against No. 10 Kirkwood and 28 points against Southeastern.Willems, who was also selected as the league’s player of the week for the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 3, also had 20 rebounds in the three games last week.Willems, who averages 22.5 points per game, has 88 3-point goals, which leads NJCAA Division II and ranks third on NIACC’s all-time single-season list.Both of NIACC’s basketball teams return to action Wednesday at home against Little Priest Tribal College. Game time for the women’s game in the NIACC gym is slated for 5:30 with the men’s game starting at about 7:30. You can hear both games on AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com and via the KGLO mobile app. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, KGLO mobile app — NIACC vs. Little Priest Tribal College — women 5:30, men 7:30 DES MOINES — Drake will be out to win a third straight game on Wednesday night when the Bulldogs host Evansville. The Aces won the first matchup in double overtime in the Missouri Valley Conference opener. It was the game Drake lost senior Nick Norton to a knee injury.Drake coach Darian DeVries. After starting 0-2 in the Valley the Bulldogs have won three of their last four.Freshman guard D.J. Wilkins is playing a bigger role and is averaging just over 11 points per game. IOWA CITY — Iowa will honor former women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer on Wednesday night when the Hawkeyes host Rutgers. Stringer coached the Hawkeyes from 1983-1995 and earlier this season posted her 1000th career win. Current Hawkeye coach Lisa Bluder.Now in her 24th season at Rutgers, Stringer has the Scarlet Knights off to a 7-0 start in Big Ten play. Iowa is 5-2 and part of a three way tie for second place. DES MOINES — Several schools from area conferences are ranked in the second Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association dual team rankings released on Tuesday. Looking at the top five in each class and the other schools:=== 1A1. Don Bosco2. Denver3. Lisbon4. Lake Mills5. West Sioux12. Central Springs15. West Hancock=== 2A1. West Delaware2. Solon3. New Hampton/Turkey Valley4. Davenport Assumption5. Union LaPorte City7. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows9. Osage13. Humboldt=== 3A1. Southeast Polk2. Waverly-Shell Rock3. Ankeny Centennial4. Waukee5. Fort DodgeYou can find the full list of rankings by clicking here. The Iowa High School Athletic Association also on Tuesday released regional duals sites for Classes 1A and 2A. The top two teams from sectional tournaments held on February 2nd will advance to the regional duals. In Class 1A, Lake Mills will be one of the sites. In Class 2A, Clarion and New Hampton will be two of the area sites. PHOENIX (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves rolled past the short-handed Phoenix Suns 118-91 on Tuesday night. Josh Okogie added a career-high 21 points for the Timberwolves, who beat the Suns for the second time in a row. AMES — It has been a long time since Iowa State has had the same quarterback start and finish a season. Brock Purdy hopes to change that. Purdy was inserted into the lineup as a true freshman in the second series of the fifth game at Oklahoma State and helped lead the Cyclones to an 8-5 finish.Purdy says as he prepares for his sophomore season he will take on a bigger leadership role.
It is no surprise that Lay potato chips has come out with a new flavor to tickle their customer’s taste buds. What IS usually surprising is what flavors the company has chosen.Lays has decided to get into the fall spirit with a new flavor, but instead of going the pumpkin-spiced flavored route as most brands tend to do in the fall, Lays has opted for a more cozy type of taste with the limited-time addition of “Grilled cheese and Tomato soup,” flavored chips.Grilled cheese and tomato soup are common eats during the colder months of the year and sometimes even when it’s not so cold, but it will be interesting to see how they taste together as a chip!The new flavor will be available nationwide beginning Monday, October 21st.In addition to the new flavor being available on October 21st, Lays is starting a newest contest where 200 people will win free Lay’s for a year. All you have to do is upload a photo of yourself with Lay’s new packaging design to www.gottahavelays.com and you are entered to win.
Young ballet students perform the classic “Picking Flowers” routine during a recital for Olympia Dance Center.Watch a ballet recital for students at the Johansen Olympia Dance Center and you’ll find yourself asking this question: How do the dance instructors at the studio manage to transform those teeny tiny and oh-so adorable four and five year olds flitting around the stage into advanced dancers en pointe?“It is a process, one which we’re improving upon every year,” said Ken Johnson, Co-Director of the ballet school that recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.Walk into the lobby of the Olympia Dance Center during the academic school year, and you’d see the first step of their teaching process. It is a simple one — clusters of dancers, from the very young in pink leotards to pink skirts, to dancers a little older in lavender leotards, a little older in royal blue, burgundy and so on. For boys it is the same no matter what class they are in — white shirt, black tights.Uniformity in leotard color by class is just one example of the many innovative programs implemented by Ken and Josie Johnson, the husband and wife duo that directs the ballet school. “We implemented leotard color by class a few years ago and our students and parents have really embraced it,” said Ken. “The kids love promotion to a new color every year and it makes it easier for our dance instructors to teach.”Olympia Dance Center students perform annually at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts.The leotard color system is also a visual representation, of sorts, of the curriculum taught at the school, a curriculum that promotes fundamental skills at each level of dance allowing students to rapidly progress from year to year, instructor to instructor, from flitting three year olds to advanced dancers en pointe.Before implementing the curriculum, the Johnsons attended the American Ballet Theatre in New York to receive certification to teach the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, from the primary level through level five. The curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.“The certification process was intense and rigorous and not everyone who was accepted into the program made it through. When we completed the program we had a huge sense of accomplishment,” said Josie. The Johnson couple returned to Olympia and implemented the curriculum across all ballet classes at the studio.Ken and Josie Johnson are co-dreictors of the Olympia Dance Center.“The American Ballet Theatre curriculum is a clean and healthy technique that enables dancers to dance a variety of styles. The instructors who designed the curriculum have travelled all over the world and have had the opportunity to see what types of instruction work and what doesn’t. This curriculum gives our dancers a strong foundation that will allow them to dance a variety of styles,” said Ken.In addition to dance, the certification process involves instruction in child nutrition, child development and physical therapy. “We use this curriculum to give our instructors a road map for what their students need to accomplish at the end of the week, month and school year. Yet at the same time, teachers have an incredible amount of flexibility in how they reach those goals,” said Josie. “We know that at the end of each year all our students in each grade level will have received the instruction they need to move on to the next level with outstanding technique and skill.”The Johnsons know quite well that terms like turnout, technique and rigor are not appealing to aspiring ballerinas age three and four. Younger children dream of pink tutus and pirouettes. The Center’s pre-ballet teachers have trained at the nationally renowned Creative Dance Center which features an innovative training system that is great for the kids developmentally.Olympia Dance Center is incorporating the Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy curriculum into classes for its youngest students.The Johnsons also recently discovered the Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy curriculum, which compliments the current syllabus in place. “The program creator, Beverly Spell, has a great understanding of where kids need to be at that young age. The structure of the curriculum creates a learning environment seamlessly integrated with pure fun,” said Josie.Originally created by author Katharine Holabird in 1983 as a series of books, the wildly popular dancing mouse even has a musical in New York City. The Johansen Olympia Dance Center joins more than 120 studios throughout the United States and Canada offering weekly classes based on the dancing mouse. The school offers a 34-week program inspired by the animated series Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps. The classes focus on one storybook per month.The Johnsons were able to first implement a shortened version of the program over the summer during a week-long day camp for young dancers. Just picture groups of girls dressed head to toe in pink, complete with mouse ears, led through a series of simple ballet moves.With these innovative training programs, the Johnsons have received great feedback from Master Teachers they bring to the studio from around the region, including the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Oregon Ballet Theatre, University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts. Josie said, “The instructors that we bring in to teach our Master Classes tell us over and over how impressed they are with our students. These instructors can teach anywhere, yet they come back to Olympia because they enjoy these kids, their positive attitude and their skill.”For more information and to view the class schedule, visit www.olympiadancecenter.com. Facebook40Tweet0Pin0
By John BurtonRED BANK – If the New York City grand jury deciding the Eric Garner chokehold death case were made up of a group of commuters at the Red Bank train station the outcome would have clearly been different.A random sampling of a diverse group of those arriving and departing on NJ Transit trains Wednesday evening, following the grand jury decision to not indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the July 17 death of Garner had many of them expressing disappointment, in some cases anger and resignation and even some offering support for the decision.“Racism is alive and well in America,” offered one Asbury Park woman, who declined to give her name, as she waited for the train home.“It was unfair,” that decision to not indict, said Felicia Johnson, Brick. “The video itself showed it was unnecessary. There was no reason to do that,” she continued, referring to the officer’s action to place Garner under arrest resulting in a struggle.“It’s wrong they keep getting away with that,” Johnson continued, meaning police and referencing the shooting of unarmed Ferguson, Missouri, youth Michael Brown by a local police officer and that grand jury’s decision to not indict.Daniel Farley, who works in New York and lives in Metuchen, said he initially wasn’t aware of the grand jury’s decision until he checked his smart phone on the train. “Ferguson was a different ball of wax,” believing there was some question there. “There should have been an indictment here,” he said.Walking to catch the train Farley said there didn’t appear to be any disruption in Manhattan—at least none he was aware of. “I didn’t see anything. I just kept my head down and kept going,” he said. “Like always.”And he didn’t think there would be, at least not to the level that occurred in Ferguson, he added.“I’m sure there won’t be violence,” thought Ethan Ledley.But as Ledley spoke, CNN was reporting that demonstrations were beginning to get underway around New York with participants holding signs with “I Can’t Breathe” written on them.Ledley lives in Brooklyn, New York, and was in Tinton Falls Wednesday on business. “I’d think it’s unfortunate,” but not an entirely unexpected decision, he said. Given this incident and outcome, “There definitely needs to be some changes made with the NYPD” in education and training, Ledley said.In light of the jury’s decision, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Wednesday called for calm.“You can call for it, it don’t mean you’re going to get it,” responded Danny Corrick, who was waiting to get home to Newark.“There’s no difference between this and Ferguson,” Corrick said. “In both cases somebody died—unnecessarily.”Carlo Rivera, a Red Bank resident returning from Jersey City, saw it differently. “The police have to protect themselves,” he said, adding the grand jury “should give him a break,” referring to Pantaleo. Rivera, however, said “They”—meaning police—“need to learn how to deal with the disabled.”Garner was accused of selling illegal loose cigarettes on a Staten Island street this summer when he was approached by police who attempted to place him under arrest and a scuffle erupted. Police used a chokehold with Garner, who was unarmed and suffered from asthma and diabetes, complaining, “I can’t breath,” and resulting in his death. The incident was captured on video by an onlooker and has been widely broadcast.
Rycroft got the better of Fort St. John last time out by a score of 8-2 but the game was a lot closer than the score indicated. Brett Loney pitched six solid innings, and the Sox had a 2-1 lead heading into the final inning, however, the Rage did all their damage after Loney had left the game.After tomorrow afternoon’s double header, FortSt. John and Rycroft will play back in the EnergeticCity on July 11 at 7 p.m.- Advertisement –
Na Rossa GAA News:The seniors recorded their second win of the season with an excellent second half performance against Pettigo last Saturday evening in Dooey.This Saturday evening they make the long journey to Moville. Time to be confirmed at training. The lotto draw took place last Momday evening in the hall. Numbers drawn were 1, 10, 12 & 18. No jackpot winner on the night. Two lucky dips receive €50, Maria Teresa Boyoughter & Dominic Gallagher Farrigans. A reminder to all club 50 members the April draw takes place next Momday evening. All monies to be in before drawGAA NEWS: SUPER SECOND-HALF PERFORMANCE FROM NA ROSSA SEES THEM EDGE OUT PETTIGO was last modified: April 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:GAANa RossaNoticesSport
26 February 2010Much has been written about the first African nation to host a Fifa World Cup™, from ringing endorsement to harsh criticism. As the 11 June kick-off approaches, who better to hear from than some of the coaches of the national teams who will grace the big event?Fifa.com caught up with a selection of the national team supremos who were in Sun City in South Africa’s North West province for a Fifa team workshop last week and can confirm that, as far as finalists themselves are concerned, the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ could not be in better hands.“We coaches, and everyone else who comes to this tournament, have to make this the best advertisement for Africa,” said Vicente del Bosque, coach of a Spanish side hotly tipped to lift the trophy for the first time. “This continent needs it, and I believe these finals will be every bit as successful as the previous 18 editions.”The Spanish tactician, who got a taste of South Africa at last year’s Fifa Confederations Cup, was not the only one delighted to see the elite of world football coming to the continent. Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez felt the most significant thing was that “the tournament was being played outside Europe and the Americas.“All the populations of the world have the right to host a World Cup which, given the huge amount of organisation and logistics involved, appeared to be increasingly beyond the reach of less-well-off countries,” Tabarez said.Paving the wayThe Celeste supremo, who was also at the helm of his national team at Italy 1990, went further, saying: “It could even pave the way for another African country to host the event, perhaps in the north of the continent.“South Africa faced considerable challenges in organising this event, like improving the road network and the availability of public transport, but it’s worth it as it’s all in aid of the best sporting event on the planet.”Of the coaches who attended the workshop, almost all had been to South Africa before – most for last December’s Final Draw, others for the Fifa Confederations Cup in 2009, and more still to sample its delights while on vacation.Marcello Lippi, coach of defending champions Italy and visiting South Africa for the third time, said there was “a huge determination here to make the most of this exceptional opportunity. Every effort is being made to ensure this tournament continues to be a great success.”‘I love this country’Echoing that sentiment was Germany coach Joachim Low, who has visited South Africa on “countless occasions”. How would he sum it up? “I love this country, and the sense of pride the public feel to be hosting the World Cup is palpable.“The people here know how to enjoy themselves, that’s apparent, and we’re looking forward to coming here in June to join the party,” Low said.Another to have visited the homeland of Nelson Mandela on numerous occasions was New Zealand supremo Ricki Herbert. “We were very impressed with the facilities available for the Confederations Cup,” Herbert said. “It’s a great country with very friendly people, and I’m sure visiting fans will fall in love with South Africa.”With his vast experience in African football, Algeria coach Rabah Saadane said he was “confident the tournament would be organised perfectly. The shared commitment and hard work being done by Fifa and the LOC is very apparent. There’s no reason at all to be worried.”Ideal weatherSaadane had other grounds for optimism, saying: “The weather should help produce better games – it’ll be ideal.” It was a theme also touched on by Del Bosque and Lippi, who both felt that playing in the South African winter would reduce the incidence of physical exhaustion.“I’ve been here seven or eight times,” said Australia coach Pim Verbeek, “and I’ve always enjoyed it, including as a tourist. It’ll be a fabulous tournament, mark my words. I haven’t the slightest doubt that everything will be very well organised.”South Africa’s organisers face the considerable challenge of following Germany in the hosting of sport’s premier event. France coach Raymond Domenech had his say on the issue. “We’re in Africa, not Germany. Just because there are differences doesn’t mean it won’t be a success here. On the contrary, it’s a challenge for everybody, and one that I have no doubt will be met successfully.”Source: Fifa.com
Twitter/@basketballtalkThis one might get a little bit awkward. This afternoon, University of Memphis president Dr. M. David Russ announced that the school will be honoring former head basketball coach John Calipari this December. Will be honoring Hall of Fame coach @UKCoachCalipari in Memphis, Dec 28-29. Stay tuned for details. Will be a great homecoming.— Dr. M. David Rudd (@UofMemphisPres) September 9, 2015From 2001-2009, Calipari was extremely successful with the Tigers. The program went 252-69 under Calipari, reaching the Elite Eight three times and losing in the national championship in 2007-08. Of course, that season, in which the Tigers went 38-1, was vacated after the NCAA invalidated star guard Derrick Rose’s SAT score. By the time the NCAA made its ruling, Calipari had already taken the job at Kentucky.Calipari has a major hand in turning Memphis into a nationally relevant program, but his departure has definitely rubbed many Tigers fans the wrong way. We’re very interested to see what type of reaction the fan base has in December.