March 29, 2018 /Sports News – Local CSVA honors BYU football director of video & technology Errol Seaver Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailThe Collegiate Sports Video Association has named Errol Seaver, Director of Football Video and Technology for the BYU football coaching staff, the 2017-2018 Independent Video Coordinator of the Year.Seaver was selected by a majority vote of his peers in the CSVA to receive the Independent Coordinator of the Year honor for a second year in a row. He is now a finalist for the prestigious Bob Matey National Video Coordinator of the Year award, which will be announced at the annual CSVA banquet on May 17th, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.The Bob Matey Award is presented to the Video Coordinator who displays innovation, determination, perseverance, and technical skill as portrayed by the late Bob Matey, legendary Video Coordinator from Texas A&M.Seaver, who is in his fifth season with the Cougars, oversees all technology needs for the football program. Along with a staff of 9 students, his responsibilities include filming and editing all practices and games, breaking down opponent and NFL film, creating and managing content for digital signage used throughout the football offices, managing the 55 client in-house video network and over 160 iPads used by coaches and players.Seaver’s time in Provo has been productive. Last year, he received the Bob Matey National Video Coordinator of the Year award after being named Independent Video Coordinator of the Year. 2017 saw the upgrades and a redesign to the video room. Throughout his time in Provo Seaver has streamlined the filming and editing process for the football program. With the installation of fiber optic cable throughout LaVell Edwards Stadium, Seaver and his staff is able to provide coaches and players film within minutes following games. He has also worked alongside mobile device leader, Apple, to collaborate and share ways in which to improve and increase the use of mobile devices within college athletics.Prior to BYU, Seaver worked for three seasons as the Director of Football Video at the University of South Alabama, overseeing all video responsibilities for the Jaguars young football program. Tasked with building a video department from scratch, he built South’s video department into one of the top in the Sun Belt Conference. He has also worked at the Big 12 Conference office, Jacksonville State University and Lenoir-Rhyne College.He was previously selected as the Sun Belt Conference Video Coordinator of the Year in 2013-2014 while at South Alabama. Seaver has served as Secretary of the Collegiate Sports Video Association since 2015.A native of Hickory, North Carolina, Seaver and his wife, Lindsey, reside in Springville, Utah. Robert Lovell Tags: BYU Cougars/Errol Seaver/Football
by The Pew Charitable Trusts and Stateliness NewsIn analyzing criminal cases in Baltimore last year, Maryland lawyer and software programmer Matthew Stubenberg found 23,386 instances in which people convicted of crimes could have had their records expunged.He also found that people had petitioned to clear their records in less than a third of the cases — leaving thousands at risk of carrying a criminal rap sheet that could stand in the way of employment, housing, student loans or a professional license.That’s not out of the ordinary, many legal analysts and specialists in expungement say. Many Americans are not taking advantage of a growing number of state laws that allow people to clear or seal their records of arrests and convictions for an expanding list of misdemeanor crimes, and even some low-level felonies, after they’ve served their sentences.Part of the reason is ignorance of the remedies that the laws allow, part of the reason is the cost. In Kentucky, Louisiana and Tennessee, for example, filing for expungement of a criminal record costs around $500. And lawyers can charge thousands of dollars to do it.“A lot of people might be eligible [for an expungement], but they might not know,” said Madeline Neighly of the nonpartisan Council of State Governments Justice Center. “They might not have access to the paperwork or someone to walk them through the process. They usually need civil legal aid. And in some cases it’s actually quite expensive to file for expungement.”In response, legal aid groups like the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, where Stubenberg works, have emerged to help provide free or low-cost help to people to clear their records. The City of Detroit earlier this month launched an initiative to help expunge records to help people get jobs.And Stubenberg has created a website that allows people in Maryland to create their own expungement applications without using a lawyer.Still Out of ReachAn estimated 70 million people have a criminal arrest or conviction record. And having even a low-level misdemeanor conviction on one’s record can stand in the way of getting a job.So many states increasingly are taking steps to help remove stumbling blocks, including passing laws to expunge the records of many past crimes when people have served their sentences, paid their fines and continued to stay out of trouble.Between 2009 and 2014, 31 states passed laws on expungement, many of which expanded the number of crimes that can be removed from someone’s record, according to a report from the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit criminal justice research center. Many of the laws allow a record to be expunged or destroyed. Others seal or shield a person’s record from the public, making them accessible only to law enforcement.This year, Pennsylvania passed a law that allows some misdemeanor convictions, such as disorderly conduct, to be sealed if the person goes seven years without a new offense. The state previously allowed expungements only for people over 70. Kentucky passed a law that allows the expungement of 61 felonies, such as some drug possession and theft charges, for people who stay out of trouble for five years after completing their sentences.Many states have made the process of expunging a record less costly. In Maryland, for instance, it costs $30 in court costs to file a petition to expunge a record. Many states are in the $50 to $250 range, Neighly said.But Kentucky’s new expungement law carries a $500 fee. State Rep. Darryl Owens, the Democratic sponsor of the law, called the fee an “obscene and punitive” last-minute addition to the bill.In Louisiana, where the filing costs are $550, legal fees are often around $2,500, according to Adrienne Wheeler, executive director of the Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana. The state largely funds its criminal justice system through court fees.Fees that high can be prohibitive for people who are poor and struggling to get work, the people who may need expungement most.“In some cases, someone who’s looking for work who can’t [get a job] because of their record may not have the money to pay to get their record cleared,” Neighly said. “It’s kind of a Catch-22 situation.”Wheeler said many people she’s worked with to expunge their records in Louisiana didn’t think about starting the process until they were encouraged by a potential employer. “They’ll say, ‘I can hire you — if you get it expunged,’ ” she said.Not everyone is convinced that the rush to expungement is good policy. Maryland Del. John Cluster, a Republican and a retired police officer, was opposed to a series of laws passed last year that expanded the number of crimes that could be expunged and sealed even when someone has been convicted of subsequent crimes.He said the changes could give business owners the wrong impression about a job seeker, a view he based on looking at the records of people who had been arrested multiple times. In the case of one man with 26 convictions, Cluster said the law would allow him to seal 23 of them.“As a business owner, you think you’re getting a guy who has had one or two arrests over the years when really, he has 26 of them,” Cluster said.Some HelpLess expensive legal and filing help increasingly is available for people who want their records sealed or erased. But they need to know it’s an option.Legal aid and other nonprofits in several states regularly host expungement clinics that allow people to come in and get help from a lawyer, public defender or law student. And new mobile apps and websites can help people determine whether their crimes are erasable and match them with an attorney.Wheeler’s group, in Louisiana, has created an app that can help connect people to a lawyer who can help for free or at a low cost, depending on their income. A San Francisco-based website matches people with a public defender who can help with expungement proceedings.However, websites that allow people to create an expungement petition online are less common.The site that Stubenberg created allows people in Maryland to file their own petitions, paying $10 in addition to the $30 court fee for each case. But the site is mainly used by lawyers, mostly attorneys working for nonprofits, who rely on it to automate what would otherwise be a longer process.Michael Hollander, a programmer-turned-lawyer who now works with Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, created a site in 2011 to avoid the tedious process of filling out the forms at expungement clinics, where people come to get legal help.Hollander said his program helps pull a person’s cases, personal information and criminal history and creates a petition almost instantly, something that has eliminated errors in the paperwork.Unlike Stubenberg’s public site, only lawyers working on expungements for free are able to log in to Hollander’s site. He has contemplated making the website available to the public, he said, but thinks it best to have a lawyer shepherd people through the process.Jason Tashea, the founder of Justice Codes, which aims to improve the use of technology in criminal justice, said there are good reasons for that.“The legal system can be overwhelming and foreign,” he said. “The language sounds different, the procedures are different, but everyone around you seems to understand it. A lawyer is kind of like a Sherpa through the process.”NEWERTop State Stories 6/8FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
British Baker launched it’s first-ever Bakery Business Survey to gauge opinions from the industry last year.The results formed part of the Bakery Market Report 2014 – a complete analysis of the retail bakery market – which was published in March.And this December we have launched the survey again, with the aim of assessing the current state of the retail bakery sector and identifying the issues causing most concern.For example, last year 43.8% of our survey’s respondents said they were more positive about the baking industry.But what will the results show this year?ComprehensiveBritish Baker is calling on all retail bakers to take part and make next year’s survey even more comprehensive. We want to know just a few details about sales, confidence and outlook and the survey takes just a few minutes to complete.Martyn Leek, editor of British Baker, said: “The Bakery Business Survey was one of the first-ever attempts by British Baker to gauge the reaction of the industry to their trading challenges and it was widely supported by the industry.“The past year has been one of conflicting fortunes within the industry and hopefully the latest survey will be able to provide a snapshot of the current state of play.”To complete the survey click here: http://tinyurl.com/m3ww2vcThe Bakery Market Report 2015 will be published in March. Keep an eye on bakeryinfo.co.uk for further details
A video posted by Kristyn (@kristyn5527) on May 14, 2016 at 10:13pm PDT UPDATE 5/15 @ 6:30 PM: Red Hot Chili Peppers Share Optimistic Update On Anthony Kiedis’ HealthThe Red Hot Chili Peppers were to headline KROQ Weenie Roast in Irvine, California last night, but had to last-minute cancel. 53-year-old Anthony Kiedis was reportedly rushed to the hospital for “extreme stomach pain,” according to Billboard. Instead, Weezer extended their set and Blink-182, who was not previously scheduled to perform at the festival, closed the show.The band broke the news to the festival-goers, who were audibly devastated to hear that the day event’s headliner would not be performing. Bassist Flea announced, “Anthony is on his way to the hospital right now and we’re unable to play this evening,” he said. “We are devastated about it. We’re really sad. We love you so much. We live to rock. …. But unfortunately there’s a medical thing that happened and he needed to deal with it.” Watch their announcement below: Drummer Chad Smith also tweeted about the situation: The Red Hot Chili Peppers are next scheduled to play the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, California on May 17th.
Ed. Note: This blog was authored by Jason Bray, SVP Engineering at CardlyticsAt Cardlytics, we believe every purchase tells us a story. Understanding that story is what we call purchase intelligence. Our proprietary technology helps financial institutions generate new revenue streams by analyzing customers’ purchasing patterns without exposing their personal information.Our rapid growth made it tough for our IT staff to scale our infrastructure fast enough. After all, our 300 employees now manage 6 petabytes of data from 1,500 bank partners, and these numbers are increasing quickly. Rather than struggling with our traditional infrastructure, we adopted a hyper-converged, software-defined solution based on Dell XC Series appliances powered by Nutanix. Each appliance includes servers, storage, management tools and Nutanix software for defining virtual storage pools.For us, a hyper-converged solution from Dell is definitely the way to go. We stood up our solution in less than two weeks, cut our infrastructure costs by 50 percent and achieved 500,000 IOPS. But more importantly, we can quickly add data and onboard new customers in days, rather than weeks or months. </p><p>To get more in-depth information on how we’re using our Dell solution to help our clients make smarter business decisions and build more meaningful customer relationships, you can read the full Cardlytics customer story here.
Those “tumor-looking lumps” on the squirrels are almost certainly the larvaeof Cuterebra emasculator — a bot fly. Photo courtesy University of Florida http://gnv.ifas.ufl.edu/~fsj/botfly/cutrwrb/cutrwrb1.htm Sorry, no 200 dpi image available “I live in Midtown (a neighborhood in Atlanta), and some of the squirrels that frequent my bird feeder have big and small lumps on their backs, throats and bellies. I’ve seen both male and female squirrels with these thick, tumor-looking lumps. … It’s disconcerting because there are several like this, and I wonder if they’re breeding and spreading this disease, whatever it might be. Secondarily, I worry about my cats which sit in my windows. Anyway, should I be concerned? I actually like squirrels, and I hate to see the little guys looking so pitiful.” A University of Georgia Extension Service colleagueforwarded this query about a mysterious squirrel disease: Of the array of parasites that squirrels endure, Cuterebra produces the most questions.Usually it’s squirrel hunters who notice these lumps and the stout, black maggots thatinhabit them.The hunters often call them “warbles or wolves.” They ask what they are andwonder if it is OK to eat the meat of such squirrels. (The meat is OK, and when thesquirrel is skinned the parasites come off with the hide.)The Cuterebra has an interesting life cycle. The adult fly lays its eggs on thesquirrel or at a site squirrels frequent. Other Cuterebra species may infest rabbits orother species of rodents.After the maggot, or larva, hatches, it crawls onto the squirrel and enters the flesh,possibly through the nose. Then it burrows to a place, often on the neck or back, where itgrows to a size that can be seen.The feeding end of the larva penetrates into skin, and the rear end is exposed to theoutside. Spiracles in the maggot’s rear end are like portholes. They are the exposed endsof the air tubes through which the maggot breathes.Can these flies infest the cats or humans? It’s extremely unlikely. The regular hostsof Cuterebra emasculator are gray squirrels and chipmunks. It’s pretty hard for aparasite to change its evolutionary genetic program and parasitize something new.However, Curtis Sabrosky, an authority on members of the Cuterebra group, did report inhis 1986 book that a few human infestations have occurred. So what should we do about this “problem”? Mostly nothing, in my view. Justwatch the squirrels and enjoy knowing more about their life and times.Soon, as cold weather approaches, the larvae will mature. When their days as a maggotare done, they will withdraw their mouthparts from the squirrel and worm their way out ofthe little sack the squirrel has grown around them. Then they will drop to the ground topupate. Next year, the adult flies will emerge to repeat the cycle.Are these parasites “bad”? No. Like a lot of things in the natural world,they just are.
January 19, 2007 03/07CHITTENDEN TO ACQUIRE MERRILL MERCHANTS BANCSHARES, INC.Burlington, VT — Chittenden Corporation (NYSE: CHZ) and Merrill Merchants Bancshares, Inc.(NASDAQ: MERB) (Merrill), announced today that they signed a definitive merger agreementwhereby Chittenden will acquire Merrill and its subsidiary, Merrill Merchants Bank, forapproximately $111.4 million in cash and stock. Consummation of the agreement is subject tothe approval of the shareholders of Merrill, as well as various regulatory agencies.Theacquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2007. Following the completion of thetransaction, Merrill Merchants Bank will operate as a separate unit of Chittenden Corporation,maintaining its name and senior management team.In announcing the agreement, Paul A. Perrault, Chittenden’s Chairman, President and ChiefExecutive Officer, said, I am delighted that Merrill Merchants will join the Chittenden family ofbanks. Their well-established history of relationship banking has resulted in strong growth andhigh performance, and therefore will blend into our culture and strategies very nicely. By usingChittendens broad capabilities and products, they will be able to deepen their relationships andattract new ones. With a very strong and experienced management team remaining in place,this is a great strategic fit for both companies.Edwin Clift, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Merrill Merchants Bancshares, Inc.,commented, “Merrill has accomplished a great deal as an organization and has operated at ahigh level of performance. We have known the management group at Chittenden for a numberof years, and in working together have found that our banking policies and philosophies are verysimilar. Chittenden understands community banking and the need to keep local bankers withauthority in place. Our Board of Directors carefully considered the interests of our shareholdersand employees and determined Chittenden to be an ideal merger partner for us. Thistransaction is good news for our communities, customers, and employees.”Under the terms of the merger agreement, shareholders of Merrill can elect to receive $31.00per share in cash, with total cash consideration of approximately $44.57 million, or 1.02 sharesof Chittenden common stock for each share of Merrill stock they own, with total stockconsideration of approximately 2.20 million shares of Chittenden common stock. Elections willbe subject to allocation procedures that are intended to ensure that 60% of the Merrill commonstock outstanding immediately prior to consummation of the merger will be converted toChittenden common stock. The transaction is intended to qualify as a reorganization for federalincome tax purposes, and as a result, the shares of Merrill common stock exchanged for sharesof Chittenden common stock are expected to be transferred on a tax-free exchange basis.Chittenden was advised by its legal counsel, Goodwin Procter LLP. Merrill was advised by,Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., and its legal counsel was Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP,Washington, D.C.Merrill and its subsidiary, Merrill Merchants Bank, are headquartered in Bangor, Maine. Merrillhad total assets of $449 million, $339 million in loans, deposits of $360 million, and $39 millionof stockholders’ equity at December 31, 2006. Merrill presently operates 11 banking offices incentral and eastern Maine.
In spite of leading the laser shooting and run combined event, the last trial of the event, the gold went to the current Olympic champion, Lithuanian athlete Laura Asadauskaite, who won with a five-second difference (5,312). The bronze went to Russian athlete Donata Rimsaite, vice-champion of the 2010 World Games, who reached the finish line two seconds before the Brazilian athlete (5,284). By Dialogo August 29, 2013 On August 24, in Taiwan, Petty Officer Second Class Yane Marques stepped on the podium to receive one more unprecedented title for her and for Brazil: second place in the Modern Pentathlon world championship. The silver medal came a little over a year after Yane became the first Latin-American athlete to win medals in the Modern Pentathlon, shortly after winning the bronze in the London Games. In the combined competition, Yane displayed a great performance with the fifth best time of the championship (13:02:42), earning 2,072 points. With a fast time and great aim at the laser shooting event, the athlete from Pernambuco remained in first place for all four 800-meter interval running series. The Brazilian athlete passed Elodie and Murray, and after being threatened by her Russian competitor Liudmila Kukushkina, who ended in 29th place, she continued to lead the competition in many instances, but ended up being overrun in the last series. In order to achieve second place, Yane had to improve greatly throughout the five events in the final. On August 23, she started off the day in 11th place, after the fencing competition (19 victories and 880 points total), then she moved to seventh with the ninth best time in swimming: 2:15:20 (1,180). The athlete, who is currently fifth in the world at the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM), continued her climb toward the world vice-championship after the ninth best horse riding presentation. In horse jumping, she only knocked over one obstacle and earned a total of 1,160 points. The athlete from Pernambuco came in third place in horse back riding, as she took off 14 seconds behind the current champion, French athlete Elodie Clouvel, and only 6 seconds after second place holder, the athlete from England, Samantha Murray, who won the silver medal in the 2012 London Games. The Brazilian Army Sports Committee athlete won the historic medal after a very balanced dispute at the Fengshan Stadium, in Kaoshiung, the second largest city in Taiwan, with a total of 5,292 points.
21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For $2 billion/220,000-member Langley Federal Credit Union, Newport News, Va., which serves NASA and Air Force personnel as well as many large SEGs, overseas travel is the norm and many members were already familiar with chip cards.AVP/Support Services Ann Johnson used EMV technology as the catalyst to rebrand her entire credit card portfolio in May of 2013, first switching from MasterCard to Visa, and then introducing three new card types with the chip technology.“We segmented the cards into a low-rate card, rewards card and cash-back option,” explains Johnson. “All contain the new chip with enhanced security used as a focal point in branding.” The CU first introduced the cards on a limited basis – for those who wanted the EMV technology and new card offerings. Thirteen months later, it converted all cards to the new technology.Langley FCU made the move to EMV early because of the number of military members who either live or travel overseas. “We started by placing information about the technology on our website and how living or going abroad would be easier,” says Johnson. “We also encouraged members to apply and switch to the new cards before the mass issue.” With the offering of three cards, members could choose their program based on individual preferences. If they didn’t reapply, balances would transfer to the CU’s new Visa chip card with their original credit line and same card parameters. continue reading »
Aug 7, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization official said yesterday that Indonesia is endangering the world’s health by continuing to withhold H5N1 influenza virus samples collected from human patients.”Indonesia is putting the public health security of the whole world at risk because they’re not sharing viruses,” David Heymann, the WHO’s assistant director-general for communicable diseases, said in a news teleconference yesterday. He briefed reporters on the results of a WHO-sponsored meeting last week in Singapore on virus-sharing issues.Indonesia, the country with the most H5N1 cases and deaths, stopped sending H5N1 isolates to the WHO last December to protest the cost of commercial vaccines derived from the viruses. The virus samples are needed to track the virus’s evolution and drug resistance and to make vaccines, since the virus is viewed as the potential precursor to a pandemic strain of flu.In May Indonesia said it was sending three H5N1 samples to the WHO, ending its embargo. But Heymann reported yesterday that those samples contained no live viruses.”Although they were PCR [polymerase chain reaction] positive, they did not have living virus in them,” he said.Indonesia is the only country that is not sharing samples from its human H5N1 cases, Heymann said. China sent some samples in June, and Vietnam “is trying to ship specimens to WHO, but those specimens are not cleared through all the mechanisms and rules required in Vietnam and receiving countries,” he added. Vietnam has had several human cases this year, after going about a year without any.Heymann said Indonesia is endangering its own people by withholding the viruses. “If those viruses are not freely shared with industry, vaccines will not contain the elements of the Indonesia infections,” he said.Indonesian officials are aware of the risks they are taking, he added. “Indonesia understands these issues and is working with WHO . . . to see how they can best begin sharing again, and we’re hoping that can occur fairly soon,” he said. “We have hope but no guarantee.”Last week’s meeting in Singapore stemmed from a resolution passed by the World Health Assembly (the annual meeting of WHO member countries) in May that outlined steps intended to ensure the equitable distribution of vaccines in the event of a flu pandemic. The meeting involved officials from 23 countries, Heymann said.The resolution requests the WHO director-general to develop a mechanism for sharing of viruses and prepare a report on intellectual property issues related to vaccine development, Heymann said. The resolution also calls for establishing a global vaccine stockpile and drawing up guidelines for the handling of flu viruses by WHO collaborating centers, meaning the laboratories in the United States, Japan, Australia, and the United Kingdom that study flu viruses for the agency. Further, the resolution calls for setting up an “oversight mechanism” for the WHO’s Global Influenza Surveillance Network.Heymann said the Singapore conference produced three documents, two of them dealing with the handling and sharing of flu virus samples by the WHO and one dealing with the requested oversight mechanism.He gave no details on the documents’ content, but said they will be discussed at an “intergovernmental meeting” in November to which all 193 WHO member countries will be invited.”The meeting in November will attempt to finalize the documents and review and debate other issues and pass on a report to the [WHO] executive board, which will then review the report and see what’s necessary to put into a resolution to pass on to the World Health Assembly,” he said.In response to questions, Heymann said one of the possibilities discussed at the meeting was the WHO’s taking “ownership” of viruses supplied by countries. “There would be no change in procedures if WHO took ownership of these,” he said. “It would be very difficult if not impossible to patent a virus.””If WHO did have ownership, if this were feasible, WHO would make sure they [viruses] were freely shared and would work at the same time to make sure the benefits were shared,” he said.”What we will ensure is that there is transparency in the flow of viruses so that countries can determine where their viruses have gone,” Heymann added. “This was asked for by all countries.”He said the WHO would be providing a report on the meeting and copies of the documents produced, possibly as soon as the end of next week.In reference to Vietnam’s problems in sending virus samples to the WHO, Heymann said the complex rules and procedures governing the shipment of infectious materials were not part of the agenda at the Singapore meeting. He reported that the Universal Postal Union and other groups are working with the WHO on those.”It’s a very complicated international system which is standardized only in guidelines, but each country seems to take those guidelines and adapt them quite severely to their needs, setting up additional layers of potential obstacles,” he commented.See also:Aug 1 CIDRAP News story “WHO working group grappling with virus-sharing issues”May 23 WHO resolution on virus sharinghttp://www.who.int/csr/don/archive/disease/influenza/A60_R28-en.pdfMay 23 CIDRAP News story “WHO adopts resolution on flu virus sharing”