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Kobe Bryant honored at memorial by his Philadelphia-area high school

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(PHILADELPHIA) — Kobe Bryant was honored Saturday at his former high school in a packed gymnasium, nearly a week after his shocking death.Around 1,600 people, including Bryant’s cousin and former high school teammates, showed up for the tribute at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, in the Kobe Bryant Gymnasium.Kevin Grugan, one of the NBA legend’s high school teammates, who is now the assistant coach for the school’s boys basketball team, thanked those who have shown an “outpouring of love and support.”Grugan also announced that Bryant’s legacy would be commemorated in the gym, with his high-school jersey framed on a wall.“We will welcome Kobe home in a small way,” Grugan said. “As the jersey that belongs here is finally here.”A video montage of Bryant’s life and career was also played, including a final image of him smiling court-side with his arm wrapped around his 13-year-old daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant. The two were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.The other victims were identified as college baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri Altobelli, their daughter Alyssa Altobelli, basketball coach Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, her daughter Payton Chester and pilot Ara Zobayan.The tribute took place between the varsity girls and varsity boys basketball games.Bryant graduated from Lower Merion, located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, in 1996 and went straight to the NBA.Gregg Downer, who was Bryant’s coach throughout high school, was in attendance at the ceremony but did not publicly speak. Bryant’s cousin, John Cox, who plays French professional basketball, also attended the ceremony but did not publicly speak.“Aces Nation has lost its heartbeat,” Downer said in an earlier statement, referring to the school’s nickname for its basketball team.The high school memorial is among the countless that have poured in since his death. On Friday night, the Los Angeles Lakers returned to the court for their first game since the tragedy. Bryant spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers.“Tonight we celebrate the kid that came here at 18, retired at 38 and became probably the best dad we’ve seen over the last three years,” James said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by February 1, 2020 /Sports News – National Kobe Bryant honored at memorial by his Philadelphia-area high schoolcenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Early hole too big for Pistons; Jazz prevail 96-86

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDETROIT (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 13 of his 28 points in a decisive first quarter, and the Utah Jazz held on for a 96-86 victory over the Detroit Pistons.The Pistons were coming off an overtime win over Phoenix on Friday night in which they rallied from a 23-point deficit, but they couldn’t climb out of another big hole.Utah led by 20 before the first quarter was over.Detroit had the ball down five late in the fourth, but Rudy Gobert blocked a shot by Mason Plumlee, and Mike Conley made two free throws to make it 93-86 with 1:00 remaining. January 10, 2021 /Sports News – Local Early hole too big for Pistons; Jazz prevail 96-86 Tags: NBA/Utah Jazz Written by Associated Presslast_img read more

Master Chief Petty Officer of US Navy Visits NAS Jacksonville, Naval Base GTMO

first_imgMaster Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens completed a three-day trip to Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville and Naval Base Guantanamo Bay Cuba (GTMO) February 15.MCPON participated in CPO 365 events, toured base facilities, took the opportunity to discuss the focus areas of his “Zeroing in on Excellence” initiative, and answered questions about new uniforms, budget cuts, Family Readiness Group, the Performance to Serve program, and deployments during base-wide all hands calls.CPO 365, a year-long development and training for First Class Petty Officers, was first introduced in 2010 under former MCPON Rick West. It includes two phases, the first of which begins in September each year. Under MCPON Steven’s revised program, detailed in his 2012-2013 CPO 365 Guidance, all First Class Petty Officers will participate through the duration of Phase One, whether they are board-eligible or not.“CPO 365 is so important for the future development of our First Class Petty Officers. “I believe that if you’re going to lead the future force of our Navy that you must be armed with the best opportunities to succeed,” said Stevens.CPO 365 is designed to develop leaders through a combination of mentorship, practical experience and training.“I view this training as our most creative avenue to productively engage Chiefs with petty officers and junior officers, and to form enduring relationships characterized by mutual respect,” said Stevens.MCPON talked about the importance of effective leadership during a CPO 365 training session in GTMO.“As you go through CPO 365, you will become a more effective leader. If everything we do starts and stops with leadership, then every Sailor will benefit from a more effective leader.”He also discussed the value of the Navy’s leading petty officers.“We must have exceptional leading petty officers, because you are one of the critical components to the engine that makes the Navy run,” said Stevens.Many Sailors showed concern about the looming fiscal environment. MCPON recognized the challenges the Navy is currently facing, but asked that Sailors focus on controlling what we own.“It is easy to become distracted by things that are beyond our control,” said Stevens. He also reminded Sailors of the things they do own and control; such as technical training, administrative production, and the execution of orders. “We also have the ability to control much of our own lives by becoming and remaining physically, mentally, morally, and spiritually sound.”Fleet engagements are intended to provide senior leadership with a frontline assessment of Sailors and what they are doing in the Fleet.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 17, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Jacksonville View post tag: Petty View post tag: Base View post tag: Defense Master Chief Petty Officer of US Navy Visits NAS Jacksonville, Naval Base GTMO View post tag: Defence View post tag: Officer View post tag: Master View post tag: UScenter_img February 17, 2013 View post tag: NAS Authorities View post tag: GTMO Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Master Chief Petty Officer of US Navy Visits NAS Jacksonville, Naval Base GTMO View post tag: Navy View post tag: chief View post tag: Navallast_img read more

Oxford fails to meet state school quota

first_imgOxford has yet again fallen short of the Government’s targets on state school student intake.In 2008, just 55.4% of the university’s incoming students were state school graduates, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency. The government’s benchmark is set at 75.3%.Cambridge continues to enroll more state educated pupils than Oxford. However, while Oxford saw a 2% increase in successful state school applicants, Cambridge experienced of a slight decline in the percentage admitted, compared to last year.Both institutions have contested the validity of the benchmarks, with Oxford officials calling them “unrealistic.”Criticism has focused around the methodology employed since 2004 to calculate targets, which does not distinguish between A-levels and other qualifications when calculating student’s fitness for admission to Oxbridge.The system allocates points to students that can be accumulated in a variety of ways. These range from sitting A-levels, to completing vocational courses, to gaining a certificate in Horse Knowledge & Care from the British Horse Society.Oxford officials say this system artificially inflates the number of applicants deemed qualified for admission. “Admission to Oxford University is based on performance in academic subjects at full A-level that relate to our degree courses,” said a University spokesperson. “Those who actually gain three As at full A-level are numerically a smaller group than those who gain the tariff point equivalent.”Paul Dwyer, OUSU Vice President (Access and Academic Affairs), said he was glad the government had set the targets.“I think that it is commendable that the government has recognised the problem of under-representation of students educated at state schools at university, although feel that they have more work yet to do.”However, he echoed the University’s claim that state schools could not provide enough qualified candidates.“What the government target statistics do not take into account are the number of schools who are actually able to provide candidates who will get 3 As at A Level.“There are simply too many schools in the country who cannot provide the support and teaching resources for students to achieve this aim, which means that meeting the statistic is made a much harder task for the University.”The failure to meet benchmarks places Oxbridge under renewed pressure to widen access, with many students saying they felt more could be done. Jon Mellon, a PPEist at St Anne’s and a state school graduate said OUSU’s Target Schools scheme, which is backed by the University, was “a step in the right direction.” However, he added that he “didn’t get that much direction” from access schemes, aside from an interview training day that “wasn’t much use.”Chancellor Lord Patten has consistently defended Oxford’s record on access. In a speech last year he said, “However hard we try to widen participation at Oxbridge, and I am sure you could say the same at many other universities, there is no chance whatsoever of meeting the socio-economic targets set by agents of government so long as the proportion of students getting A grades in traditional academic A-level subjects at private and maintained schools stays the same. It is as simple as that.”Patten has also suggested that the government could pay for private schools to give special lessons to talented state school pupils applying to university.last_img read more

Indiana Law School To Revamp Clerkship Hiring

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Marilyn Odendahl for www.theindianalawyer.comThe deans of Indiana’s four law schools were part of the successful push to change hiring practices for federal judicial clerkship and allow first-year students to concentrate on “learning for its own sake.”In September 2017, deans from 111 law schools from across the country wrote a letter asking that judges delay interviewing and hiring until after the students have completed their second year of legal studies. The current practice of clerkship hiring after the first year, they said, added more pressure and altered the students’ focus.“The point of the first year is to lay the foundations of a legal education while also encouraging exploration and learning for its own sake,” the deans wrote. “It is more difficult to pursue those goals when clerkship decisions are based solely on the first year.”Andrew Klein, dean of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Andrea Lyon, dean of Valparaiso University Law School, Austen Parrish, dean of Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and Nell Jessup Newton, dean of Notre Dame Law School, were among those who signed the letter.In response, federal judges are launching a two-year pilot program that will shift recruiting and interviewing to students who have finished their second year. Judges participating in the pilot will have to wait until June 17, 2019, to accept applications or recommendations, conduct interviews or make offers to students who entered law school in 2017. Similarly, the judges will have to wait have until June 15, 2020, for the students who started law school in 2018.Also, the initiative ends so-called “exploding offers” that force candidates to quickly accept the offer on the spot or lose the clerkship. Judges will have to keep an offer open for 48 hours so the applicant can be free to interview with other judges.The plan was formulated by the Ad Hoc Committee on Law Clerk Hiring, which includes Chief Judge Diane Wood of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.Paul Caron, the dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law, noted in his TaxProf Blog that the new pilot program replicates a policy that began in 2003 and continued for 10 years. It was undermined by “fiercely competitive individual judges (who) ignored the rules and pursued the top first-year students for clerkships…,” he wrote.Caron also signed the letter.The deans raised concerns that the accelerated hiring process would disadvantage first-generation law students and reduce the number of women and minorities in the hiring pool. In addition, faculty has less information about students’ academic performance and leadership potential when they have to make recommendations before the end of the first year.“As a result, there is a greater risk that we will simply make a mistake — either in who we are recommending or in who we are not recommending,” the deans wrote. “It is thus very difficult for us to help judges hire students who fit well in their chambers.”last_img read more

Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital and Tri-State Orthopaedic Surgeons to Host Opening of Pediatric Orthopedic…

first_imgPeyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent and Tri-State Orthopaedic Surgeons are collaborating to bring specialized pediatric orthopedic care to Evansville. Beginning on January 25, 2019, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Enrico Stazzone, will provide a pediatric orthopedic clinic on the fourth Friday of each month at the offices of Tri-State Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Stazzone specializes in the treatment of children and young adults with orthopedic injuries and congenital disorders – with special interest and training in pediatric spinal surgery and pediatric arthroscopic surgery. He completed his medical degree at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York. He went on to complete an orthopedic surgery residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York and a pediatric orthopedic surgery fellowship at Dupont Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware.“We are honored for the opportunity to provide specialized care for the children of Evansville and surrounding areas. Our orthopedic physicians are excited to work alongside such a respected practice as Tri-State Orthopaedic Surgeons. In the near future, we plan to strengthen our continued collaboration with St. Vincent Evansville to bring more pediatric care to the area and closer to patients and their families,” said Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital President, Dr. Hossain Marandi. Dan Parod, President of St. Vincent Southern Region, continued, “Through this exciting partnership and our continued work as one, integrated, statewide health ministry, St. Vincent is providing the southwest region of our state with even greater access to pediatric specialty care.”Dr. Stazzone treats patients with the following conditions:Bone and joint infection Congenital deformities (including clubfoot and developmental dysplasia of the hip) Deformity correction Cerebral palsy (CP) Fractures and trauma Genetic and metabolic disorders (including brittle bone disease) Muscular dystrophy (MD) Spina bifida Spinal deformities and scoliosis Sports injuries“I have dedicated my professional career to provide excellent orthopedic care with grace, dignity and compassion for the children and young adults entrusted to my practice,” said Dr. Stazzone.Dr. Stazzone joins Peyton Manning Children providers serving full-time in Evansville at the St. Vincent Center for Children: Dr. Rebecca Carey and Keri Montgomery, NP, who specialize in pediatric gastroenterology, and Dr. Raymond Tervo and Megan Brown, NP, who specialize in pediatric developmental and behavioral medicine.To connect with Dr. Stazzone’s Evansville clinic, patients and providers may call the St. Vincent Center for Children at 812-485-7425.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Another warning for parents to beware of the Benadryl challenge

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Pinterest Another warning for parents to beware of the Benadryl challenge (Photo supplied/Benadryl) You may have heard about the Tide pod challenge and the cinnamon challenge. Now some kids and teenagers are trying the Benadryl challenge. A Hoosier doctor says drinking too much Benadryl is dangerous and wants parents and their children to know about the effects.“The challenge is that somebody takes Benadryl and then records the effects that it ends up having on them,” said Dr. Blake Froberg, a physician at Riley Children’s Health, and director of the Indiana Poison Center at IU Health.He said Benadryl, or diphenhydramine, is usually used to help with seasonal allergies or allergic reactions.Froberg said that taking just above a normal dose can make someone sleepy.“If you take a little bit larger of a dose you can start to have altered mental status where you’re confused, have difficulty talking and can start to have some hallucinations and a high heart rate.”Froberg said that large doses can be even more dangerous and that some reports in media about the challenge say at least one person has died.“People can have seizures, abnormal effects on the heart, including something called heart arythmias, where the heart goes into abnormal beating patterns.”Froberg said one of the problems is that some people can do the challenge and not have any problem with it, fooling others into believing it’s safe or fun. Other people might have the complications that send them to the hospital or may even cause permanent damage.He said he doesn’t know of anyone in Indiana who has been put in the hospital because of the challenge.Froberg said the Indiana Poison Center is a good resource if anyone does take the challenge.“Anytime a parent or someone is worried that somebody has gotten into too much Bendaryl or really any substance, you can call the Indiana Poison Center right away,” he said.Froberg said some kids and teenagers do it because of peer pressure. But, whatever the reason, parents can head things like it off, by having open and honest conversations about how dangerous online challenges can be, and can even get the family doctor involved. By Jon Zimney – September 12, 2020 1 483 Google+ Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Previous article$50 million in federal funding approved for South Shore improvementsNext articleIndiana homeless population rising in South Bend Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Brighten Winter.

first_imgWinter is a strange time to think of flowers in the landscape. Yet it can be a surprising awakening of the garden. Some trees, shrubs, vines, annuals and perennials bloom between fall and spring. Fall is a great time to plant the trees, shrubs and vines. They will bloom this winter if you plant specimens that have flower buds on them. Here are some favorite winter bloomers. Winter jasmine is an evergreen, arching shrub reaching 3 to 4 feet high and 4 to 6 feet wide. With the warm days of January and February, the red buds open into bright yellow, tubular flowers on the green stems. The flowers open over a long time, with always a few open blooms once it starts. This plant flowers best in full sun. It’s well-adapted to banks where the ends of the branches root, starting new plants. The winter daphne is an aristocrat in the plant world. This slow-growing, mounded evergreen reaches about 3 feet tall and a little less wide. The clusters of tiny flowers form heads 1 to 2 inches across in solid white or pink-edged white flowers. The flowers stay in good condition for four to six weeks. The outstanding fragrance fills the area, too. However, it’s not an easy plant to grow. It dislikes having its roots in wet soils. Plant it high in well-drained, amended soils in partial shade for best results. Winter honeysuckle brings life to the garden with its sweet fragrance. The small, creamy flowers seldom attract attention, except from the insects. The plant is best placed in an out-of-the-way space. It’s a tough, adaptable plant that reaches 6 to 10 feet tall in sun or shade. Tuck it away and let visitors try to find the source of the honeysuckle perfume. The Lenten rose is a foot-tall, delightful perennial that starts to bloom in January or February. This plant is easy to grow and only requires partial shade and occasional watering. It rewards us with clusters of nodding terminal flowers 3 inches wide that are white to maroon, many with freckle spots inside. The flowers last eight weeks or more before turning green with the development of its inflated seed pods. The leathery, dark green leaves are attractive all year. These few suggestions will enhance most winter gardens. Color and fragrance are both enjoyable during the warm days of winter. If you plant them this fall, be sure to select plants that are mature enough to have developed flower buds, or you may have to wait another growing season to enjoy their blooms.last_img read more

Marsicano Award nominations sought

first_imgMarsicano Award nominations sought Marsicano Award nominations sought The City, County and Local Government Law Section is now accepting nominations for its Ralph A. Marsicano Award. The award is given to a lawyer who has made a significant contribution to the practice of local government law. The award honors Marsicano, who served Tampa for more than 30 years as an assistant, and often acting, city attorney. He was often considered the “Dean of U.S. City Attorneys.” Nominations must be submitted in writing to Carol Kirkland, section administrator, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, and be accompanied by a summary of the nominee’s activities and accomplishments which qualify the individual for receipt of the award. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Monday, April 3. The award will be presented at the City, County, and Local Government Law Section’s 29th Annual Local Government Law Seminar May 12 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Bonita Springs. February 1, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

The future of overdraft

first_img 102SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Compliance risk has become one of the most significant ongoing concerns for financial institutions. Staying compliant is a constant battle and expense for everyone, and as the scope of regulatory focus continues to expand, it’s more important than ever to stay informed.Overdraft has always been a key income source for credit unions, but ever since the establishment of the CFPB, rumors have been flying that it may be on its way out. Just the threat of future regulation has been enough to stop some credit unions from devoting more energy to improving their overdraft programs, even though they admit it’s their largest source of fee income from checking accounts.The CFPB is likely to issue an overdraft rule, but the timing is uncertain.  However, doing nothing while waiting for new regulation is detrimental in the long run for any institution. Understandably a large part of the hesitation comes from the majority of compliance focus being on the present, but being up-to-date on potential regulatory changes is the key to a successful strategy.Having helped institutions understand all aspects of compliance for over a decade, Christopher Leonard, an attorney and industry leader, is equipped with substantial insights into the future of overdraft and potential rulemaking.  In an easy-to-access on-demand webinar, he explains why the CFPB isn’t going to ban overdraft altogether and likely won’t radically constrain its fee structures, but is poised to potentially change existing overdraft practices in a number of key ways. Among the topics he covers:When will CFPB issue an overdraft rule?What are CFPB’s main concerns and what might they do?What are the other regulatory agencies focusing on until CFPB issues its overdraft rule?Are overdraft fees really paid primarily by the poor?How do we best position ourselves in light of what CFPB might do?His experience as an attorney and CEO of Velocity Solutions makes him a powerful resource ready to share the latest information on the future of overdraft and potential CFPB rulemaking that credit union executives can’t get anywhere else.Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to stay ahead of the curve and on top of whatever the regulatory future may hold. To see Christopher Leonard’s engaging take on compliance click here!last_img read more

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