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State’s Irene recovery fund winding down major activity, but applications still being accepted and processed

first_imgby Nat Rudarakanchana April 17, 2013 vtdigger.org The Vermont Long-Term Disaster Recovery Group, a nonprofit which administers disaster relief funds, is gradually decelerating its disaster relief efforts as more Irene victims find themselves in happier circumstances.The nonprofit, which raises and spends money through the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund, is well known for its Vermont Strong license plate campaign. To date, it has raised about $7.6 million of its initial $10 million target, through that stream as well as others.Nonprofit board chair David Coates told VTDigger the $7.6 million should be enough for the group’ s caseload, which shrank from an anticipated 800 cases to about 600 cases. The fund acts as the station of last resort for Irene victims who can’ t find help from state, federal or other aid agencies.Some of Vermont’ s nine local recovery committees, made of volunteer and community groups, local government officials, and private individuals, like the ReBuild Waterbury and Upper Valley Strong committees, have signaled that they’ ll become mostly inactive, as the Valley News reported last month.‘ Some of the local committees, they’ ve closed up shop, because they said they’ ve had no more cases,’ said Coates. ‘ There’ s no sense in keeping their infrastructure up and running. They’ re going into hibernation. They’ re still organizations, but won’ t be as active.’Only two of the nine committees are currently inactive, so far as the nonprofit’ s secretary Chris Graff is aware.Coates told VTDigger that his organization hopes to resolve most of the 266 ongoing cases by the second anniversary of Irene, this coming August. After that, however, the group will still be open for cases. It’ s allocated $2.9 million of its $7.6 million raised so far.‘ No matter when the case comes in, we’ ll take care of it,’ said Coates.In the meantime, however, the group’ s executive director Betsy Ide, daughter of Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Rob Ide, will be replaced by a part-time director in the near future. Without much fundraising work left to do, said Coates, it’ s likely there’ ll be less work for her successor.Rob Ide told VTDigger that about 37,100 plates have been sold so far. For each of the plates, which cost $25, $5 goes to the DMV, to cover production costs, with $18 to the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund and $2 to the Vermont Foodbank.Graff said the license plate sales have raised about $658,000 so far for the fund. The 37,100 plates sold falls short of the initial objective of selling about 50,000 plates; Coates says he’ d be very happy if 40,000 plates were sold.Rob Ide called the 50,000 target, which translates to $1 million in total for the disaster relief fund, a figure which many stakeholders thought ‘ ambitious’ at the time.‘ We’ d still like to reach that goal, but obviously every retail product has a shelf life,’ Ide told VTDigger. ‘ Sales of this plate have slowed down quite a bit over the last couple months.’These Vermont Strong license plates were subject to some political controversy in May 2012, when Gov. Peter Shumlin mistakenly told reporters that 25,000 had been sold, when in fact only 7,800 had been.Even as the disaster recovery group loses its executive director, with fewer license plate sales and some of its local partners closing, Coates says they’ re prepared for the long haul. The nonprofit is chartered to remain organized for perpetuity, in order to deal with the next natural disaster to come along.‘ We’ re going to be here until it’ s over, and we’ re going to be here for the next one,’ said Graff, the body’ s secretary. ‘ The neat thing is that now we have a system and structure in place. Heaven forbid another disaster like Irene, but if there is one, we’ ll be ready.’last_img read more

As new superintendent arrives, Shawnee Mission board approves changes to meeting schedule for 2018-19

first_imgNew superintendent Mike Fulton made his debut at a Shawnee Mission board of education meeting this week.In remarks made at his first board meeting as the district’s leader, new Shawnee Mission Superintendent Mike Fulton thanked the board of education for selecting him for the role, and said he was excited to get to work.“I’m looking forward to teaming with you to do great things for all of our kids as we move forward,” Fulton said.Fulton’s introduction came during the same meeting where the board of education elected its officers for the coming year and set its meeting schedule for the 2018-19 school year.Next year’s meeting schedule will differ from the past few years on two notable fronts.First, meetings will now begin at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.Second, the board will switch from having one meeting a month to having two meetings a month most months.The two-meetings-a-month schedule had been the board’s practice prior to the arrival of Superintendent Jim Hinson in 2013. Hinson’s administration had suggested that the one-a-month schedule used the past few years made it easier for members of the cabinet to prepare detailed information for presentation. But some members of the board had grown concerned that the several-week gap between meetings made it difficult for the body to address some issues in a timely manner.Prior to the board’s vote Monday, Fulton said he believed the two-meeting-a-month schedule would work well.“We talked about it as a cabinet and they are supportive of this as well,” Fulton said.The only months that will not have two meetings a month are July, December, March and June, where there will be a single meeting on the fourth Monday of the month. All other months there will be a meeting on both the second and the fourth Monday of the month.last_img read more

ECM and AP: Why ECM will help your accounting staff survive

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Terri JonesWhen I worked in state government, down the hallway from my desk was a locked room containing several fireproof file cabinets. I’m not sure how many more files we could get in that room, especially since the cabinets were bulky and heavy. I often wondered if I would arrive for work and see a pile of rubble where the file cabinets had broken through the floor.At that time, it seemed impossible to imagine a paperless accounting department. Even if we eliminated paper within our walls, the private sector still sent us documents and we needed to enter data from those documents to update our accounts, issue checks and make changes to vendor information.Today, we face a changed landscape and it’s time to revisit the accounting department and decide whether modernization and enterprise content management can help. Cuts in government staff at all levels have made it important to identify ways to manage staff workloads. This need is particularly acute in traditionally paper-heavy departments.Imagine how your accounting department could relieve work overload with an end-to-end ECM solution: continue reading »last_img read more

Lawyers getting more involved in judicial feedback system

first_img March 1, 2009 Regular News Lawyers getting more involved in judicial feedback system Lawyers getting more involved in judicial feedback systemcenter_img A campaign to encourage more lawyers to use the new online judicial feedback system apparently is getting more lawyers to participate, but not more judges.The Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee got a report on the electronic feedback program when it met by conference call on January 16. The committee also moved toward making a recommendation on judicial recusal rules and made plans for supporting its proposed questionnaire for trial court judicial candidates.On the feedback issue, committee Chair Judge John Kest noted that lawyers had submitted reviews for 259 circuit judges using the new system on the Bar’s Web site. The system, which began about a year ago, replaced a paper method which relied on judges to send out forms and lawyers to fill out the anonymous paperwork and send it to the Bar, which removed any identifying information and forwarded it to the judge.The new system allows Bar members to log on to a special section of the Bar’s Web site and leave the feedback electronically and anonymously.But while information had been left for 259 circuit judges, only 56 have gone online to review the feedback. For county judges, Kest said 65 have had feedback left, but only five had looked for it.“The judges who really need to be checking these e-mails are probably the ones who are not checking them,” Kest said.First Circuit Judge Mike Jones said the committee needs to publicize the program both to get more lawyers to use it and more judges to check for the feedback.Committee members agreed to send a letter to chief circuit judges asking them to remind judges about the system, request local bars to put articles in their newsletters, and work with judicial conferences to promote the program.The program began 11 years ago as a way for lawyers to provide confidential feedback to judges on ways to improve their performance. Lawyers are asked to evaluate demeanor, knowledge, fairness, and other factors but not discuss issues of their specific case (which could also identify who is leaving the feedback). The online system, available at, was intended to make the system easier, and also not reliant on judges’ sending out the feedback forms.On the recusal issue, the JAEC voted to form a subcommittee to draft a white paper with various options to the current recusal rules.Led by committee member Tom Warner, members have said the current system can cause concern because judges who are the subject of recusal motions rule on those motions and they are prohibited from commenting on the charges or claims made in the motion.“I think it would be a better system if an impartial judge who is not a target of the motion rules on it, regardless of whether you limit the hearing to the legal sufficiency of the motion or you have a hearing on the facts,” Warner said. “It takes the judge who is the target out of the system and adds credibility.”“I think it’s a bad rule the way it’s currently written and should be changed,” added committee member and former Bar President Gerald Richman.Committee members discussed delays which could result from assigning another judge to handle a recusal motion, whether a separate hearing might be needed, and delays which could result in the underlying case, especially if a recusal motion is made just before a hearing on other motions in the case.“I think you’re getting down to the purpose for 50 percent of those [recusal] motions, to get time to respond to the other motion,” Kest said.Members said the subcommittee would also contact the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, which oversees the procedural rules that govern recusals.On the judicial questionnaire, the committee voted to ask the Bar Board of Governors’ Program Evaluation Committee to delay further consideration until the board’s April meeting.The PEC first looked at the matter at its December meeting and was scheduled to take it up again at the board’s January 30 meeting in Tallahassee. Committee members said they’re concerned because of reports of opposition might be building to the questionnaire and they want time to marshal their case.The disclosure form would ask trial court candidates a variety of questions about background and experience, and also include an essay-type question on why they want to be a judge. The JAEC has argued it would help educate voters who have trouble finding out information about judicial candidates and provide a neutral source for the public at a time special interest groups are sending out their own quizzes for judicial candidates. The questionnaire, including the essay question, has won support from the Bar’s Citizens Forum.last_img read more

Minnesota splits series against Minnesota-Duluth

first_imgMinnesota splits series against Minnesota-DuluthThe Gophers lost 3-2 on Saturday in overtime but won 5-3 on Sunday.Jack RodgersForward Sarah Potomak fights for the puck at Ridder Arena on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Gophers lost to UMD in overtime 3-2. Erik NelsonFebruary 4, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAt Ridder Arena this weekend, fans witnessed tight hockey games for more than two hours of play.No. 2 Minnesota (25-4-1, 15-4-1-0) split its weekend series against Minnesota-Duluth (12-12-2, 8-8-2-2), losing 3-2 in overtime on Saturday but winning 5-3 on Sunday. Neither team had a lead of more than one goal until the final minute of Sunday’s game. Goaltender Sydney Scobee made 26 saves, winning her ninth game of the season. Head coach Brad Frost said the Gophers responded well after Saturday’s loss. “We had to fight for everything we got,” he said. “The power play was good, and it was a fun weekend overall.”On Sunday, the Bulldogs opened the scoring at 9:31 of the first period. Right winger Anneke Linser backhanded a shot past Scobee after a scramble in front of the blue paint. It was Linser’s sixth goal of the season.Minnesota answered at 3:10 of the second period when center Catie Skaja banked a shot off of Minnesota-Duluth goaltender Maddie Rooney and into the net. It was Skaja’s fifth goal of the season. At 4:21 of the period, left winger Sarah Potomak banked a shot off of Rooney’s skate from the corner behind the goal line, giving the Gophers a 2-1 lead. It was Potomak’s sixth goal of the season.The Bulldogs tied the game at 5:12 of the second. Right winger Ryleigh Houston beat Scobee for her seventh goal of the season. The two teams traded goals until left winger Nicole Schammel gave Minnesota the lead at 16:37 of the third period. While the Gophers were on a power play, Schammel flicked a wrist shot past Rooney after Rooney denied center Taylor Wente. It was Schammel’s 11th goal of the season. Wente added an empty net goal at 19:23 to clinch the victory for the Gophers.Schammel said Minnesota needed to get the win in regulation.“It’s nice to win in regulation,” Schammel said. “When you go into overtime and lose a game, it feels worse than if you lose in regulation.”Gophers drop game one in overtime For the third time in four games this season against Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota played into overtime. The Bulldogs exacted revenge on the Gophers after losing in overtime on Jan. 5.Minnesota-Duluth won 3-2 in overtime. Bulldogs left winger Naomi Rogge scored the game-winning goal at 3:39 of overtime, beating Minnesota goaltender Alex Gulstene on a rebound after Gulstene stopped Rogge’s initial shot. It was Rogge’s 10th goal of the season.Frost said Rooney was the reason why Minnesota didn’t win. “Rooney was dialed in and made some great saves,” he said. “We had some great opportunities to win that game and we didn’t. It wasn’t the outcome that we wanted, but I thought we played well.”Potomak opened the scoring at 13:55 of the first. Center Taylor Heise batted the puck out of the air after Bulldogs defender Jalyn Elmes tried to make a pass. The puck landed and Potomak whipped a wrist shot past Rooney for her sixth goal of the season.Potomak said Heise deserves credit for her goal. “That goal was all her,” Potomak said. “She forechecked and the puck came to me. I shot as hard I could, hoping for the best.”Both teams battled back and forth into the third. Neither the Gophers nor the Bulldogs found a winning goal in the third period, so the game went into overtime. Rogge’s overtime winner ended the Gopher’s three-game winning streak. Rooney made 42 saves and was named the game’s second star.Minnesota’s next series will be against Minnesota State (9-12-5, 3-11-3-2) Feb. 15-16 at Ridder Arena. The game on Feb. 15 begins at 7:07 p.m. and the game on Feb. 16 begins at 4:07 p.m. It will be the Gophers’ last home series of the regular season.Skaja said Minnesota needed to win to avoid its first losing streak of the season.“Coming out with the loss yesterday was hard for us,” Skaja said. “We were focused on the future rather than the present, and that win helps us going into the last four games.”last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: HCW flu vaccination in nursing homes, trial of new antiviral, HUS in E coli O111, rising dengue toll

first_imgOct 12, 2010Review: Vaccinating health workers may not lower flu in nursing homesAfter poring through more than 1,000 potentially relevant articles, researchers have concluded that studies of the effects of healthcare worker (HCW) vaccination on influenza in elderly residents of long-term care facilities are few and flawed and the data inconclusive. The three scientists, two of whom are affiliated with the Cochrane review system, searched seven electronic databases. They identified only four randomized controlled trials (RCTs, from 1997, 2000, 2006, and 2009) and one observational study (from 2000) that addressed the topic with enough specificity to be included in the review. Pooled data from three of the RCTs showed that HCW vaccination had no effect on serologically proven influenza, pneumonia, or deaths from pneumonia but did show lower all-cause mortality and influenza-like illness (ILI). However, because flu causes less than 10% of all deaths even in epidemic years, the authors questioned the appropriateness of using all-cause mortality as an outcome measure. Also, because flu constitutes less than 25% of ILI and the data did not show a reduction in serologically proven flu, they also questioned whether the reductions in all-cause mortality and ILI were due to confounding.Oct 10 Vaccine abstractNew antiviral looks good in Asian clinical trialThe new, long-acting influenza drug laninamivir compared well with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in an international clinical trial involving close to 1,000 participants, according to a report published by Clinical Infectious Diseases. Laninamivir is an inhaled neuraminidase inhibitor that was recently approved in Japan under the name Inavir but has not been licensed in the United States. In the study, researchers from Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and Hong Kong used a double-blind, randomized, controlled design to assess whether laninamivir was noninferior to oseltamivir. They assigned 1,003 adult patients with “febrile influenza symptoms” to receive either one 40-mg dose of laninamivir, one 20-mg dose of laninamivir, or 5 days of oseltamivir treatment (75 mg twice a day). The patients started treatment within 36 hours of onset of illness. The median time to illness alleviation was 73.0 hours for the 40-mg laninamivir group, 85.8 hours for the 20-mg group, and 73.6 hours for the oseltamivir group. The percentage of patients who were shedding virus on day 3 was significantly lower in the 40-mg laninamivir group than in the oseltamivir group. The study was supported financially by Daiichi Sankyo, maker of laninamivir.Oct 11 Clin Infect Dis study abstractAdults were hard-hit by HUS in E coli O111 outbreakAn analysis of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) cases linked to a 2008 outbreak of Escherichia coli O111, an unusual strain, found that the attack rate was similar to that for the more common E coli O157:H7, but adults were unusually hard-hit. Researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oklahoma State Department of Health published the findings yesterday in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The outbreak, which struck patrons of a Locust Grove, Okla., restaurant, was the nation’s largest involving the E coli O111 strain. The contamination source was never identified. The outbreak sickened 341 people and led to 72 hospitalizations and 1 death. Of the 156 confirmed and probable case-patients, 26 had HUS. Unlike in other E coli outbreaks, which usually hit young children hardest, adults accounted for three quarters of hospitalizations and close to 60% of HUS cases in the Oklahoma outbreak. Signs on hospital admission that were linked to HUS included elevated initial white blood cell count and creatinine levels and vomiting.Oct 11 Arch Intern Med abstractWHO official says dengue cases have doubled in past decadeA World Health Organization (WHO) official said global dengue fever cases have doubled in the last 10 years, and the toll is significantly worse this year than it was last year, according to an Oct 10 Xinhua report. Shin Young-soo, the WHO’s Western Pacific regional director, made the comments at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He said dengue has become the fastest-growing mosquito-borne disease in the world. The reasons for the increasing toll are unknown but may include rising temperatures, increased rainfall, urbanization, and better surveillance for the disease, Shin said. The story said Malaysia’s health ministry recorded 37,419 dengue cases from January through Oct 2 of this year, a 17% increase over the same period last year. Meanwhile, the health ministry said it had obtained permission from Malaysia’s National Biosafety Board to release genetically modified mosquitoes in an effort to stop the spread of dengue, according to the story. The ministry said offspring of the modified mosquitoes die in the larval stage.Oct 10 Xinhua reportlast_img read more

CVSN Installs New Officers and Directors

first_imgJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – At the recent Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN) Aftermarket Distribution Summit held in Washington, D.C., CVSN installed the following new slate of officers and three new directors.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Marc Karon of Total Truck Parts, West Palm Beach, Fla., is the new president; Harry Amoroso of B&A Friction, San Jose, Calif., is vice president; Dave Willis of CRW Parts in Baltimore, Md., is treasurer; and Angelo Volpe, Jacksonville, Fla., is the CVSN executive vice president/secretary. Three new directors also were installed: Tom Ogburn of Ogburn’s Truck Parts in Fort Worth, Texas; Dave Olsen of Transaxle in Cinnaminson, N.J., and Todd Manson of Webb Wheel Products in Cullman, Ala. President Karon said, “CVSN is fortunate to continue to have a dedicated and capable board of directors that will lead our association to make decisions in the best interests of our members. We all owe thanks to these people who give freely of their time to help our industry achieve even greater success.”   CVSN was formed in 2006 from the merger of the Council of Fleet Specialists (CFS) and the National Wheel and Rim Association (NWRA). The association has close to 70 members and more than 500 warehouse locations across North America.,JACKSONVILLE, FL – At the recent Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN) Annual Business Forum held in Baltimore, MD, CVSN installed the following new officers: AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement · Ken Duval of Canadian Wheel is the new president; · Tom Stewart of Carolina Rim and Wheel is vice president; · Marc Karon of Total Truck Parts is treasurer; and · Angelo Volpe remains CVSN Executive vice president/secretary. Three new directors were also installed: · Harry Amoroso of B & A Friction; · Bill Cousins of Pioneer Rim & Wheel; and · Sal Miscio of the Donaldson Company. With close to 90 members and more than 500 warehouse locations across North America, CVSN aims to strengthen its members’ businesses and the relationships between members and their supply partners. New President Ken Duval announced that the network will schedule its annual business conference to coincide with Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week. “As part of our ongoing commitment to the industry, CVSN’s Executive Business Conference, held every spring, will be combined with the annual HDAW. CVSN’s support of HDAW in 2008 and leadership role in HDAW for 2009 and beyond will enhance the value of CVSN to both the supplier and distributor members,” said Duval. CVSN’s Annual Business Forum, held each September will continue and will supplement CVSN’s year-round activities of creating business opportunities for our members through on-going professional development, legislative updates, education and industry-wide cooperation. Advertisement To learn more about CVSN and becoming a member visit: www.cvsn.org.last_img read more

The 2006 RICS and Macdonald & Company salary and benefits survey

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Gardiner Haskins’ Soapbox warehouse in Bristol comes to market

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Trinity Square set to close famous car park

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VIPAR Heavy Duty Names David Wanhala As Its New Program Manager

first_imgVIPAR Heavy Duty has announced the appointment of David Wanhala as program manager. Wanhala will be responsible for developing industry-leading programs with suppliers for VIPAR Heavy Duty and its family of companies.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementWanhala’s past 13 years of experience has been in purchasing/materials management. Before joining VIPAR Heavy Duty, Wanhala was materials manager for Illinois Blower Inc. in Cary, Illinois, and purchasing manager for Alma Products in Alma, Michigan. Wanhala also has many years of experience as an automotive parts warehouse purchasing manager, store manager and operations manager.“In addition to his strong purchasing and materials management experience, David possesses a vast knowledge of warehouse and project management,” said Larry Griffin, director of program management, VIPAR Heavy Duty. “His past experience and industry knowledge will be a great asset to VIPAR Heavy Duty, our stockholders and our suppliers.”,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Fugro Buys ‘Rem Etive’ from Solstad

first_imgOslo-listed vessel owner Solstad Offshore (SOFF) has struck a deal with Fugro for sale of the subsea construction vessel Rem Etive, previously part of REM Offshore fleet.REM became part of Solstad Offshore in December last year, creating a fleet of 61 vessels including 26 CSVs, 16 AHTSs and 19 PSVs.The sale would be effective upon the completion of the existing contract, and delivery to Fugro will take place during Q2 2017. The Rem Etive is on a firm charter with Fugro until late May 2017.According to Solstad, the sale will give a booked profit of NOK 18 million (some $2.1 million) and a net cash effect of approximately NOK 50 million ($6 million) after repayment of the vessel debt.“We are excited to secure the REM Etive and to continue her deployment for our clients in the APAC region,” said Mark Heine, divisional director marine and member of Fugro’s board of management. “With three multi-year IRM contracts already in place, two of which were awarded in recent weeks, this vessel is the best fit with our fleet to enable us to continue our delivery excellence and efficient performance in subsea IRM projects.”last_img read more

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 13: Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson among worthwhile free agent pickups for fantasy playoffs

first_imgMORE: Full Week 13 waiver wire list | RB handcuff chartIt’s almost a lock that in most leagues, LeGarrette Blount, Carlos Hyde, Nyheim Hines, and Justin Jackson will be the top four waiver claims. (Josh Adams and Austin Ekeler will be the top two claims in leagues where they’re available). They’re worth it, and you can make a case for any of them as the No. 1 claim, depending on your team’s needs. After that, it’s possible there won’t be any claims, as there really aren’t any WRs worth one (unless Josh Reynolds is still available in your league). Lamar Jackson might get one, though most fantasy owners shouldn’t need to use a waiver claim on a quarterback at this point in the season. Still, he and Baker Mayfield are worth free agent moves (see below). Week 13 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerTop fantasy football waiver wire pickups and free agent adds for Week 13Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns. Over the past five games, Mayfield is averaging 233.5 passing yards per game while posting 13 TDs and only two turnovers. He’s also only taken three sacks the past two games compared to 15 in the three previous contests. The Browns don’t actually have a favorable schedule over the next three weeks (@ HOU, vs. CAR, @ DEN), but Mayfield’s Week 16 date with Cincinnati could help some owners win a fantasy title. If you’re planning ahead that far, grab Mayfield now and put him on your bench.MORE WEEK 13: Full waiver listLamar Jackson, QB, Ravens. Can Jackson cut it as a real-life QB against a legt defense? That remains to be seen — and it won’t be seen until Week 16. The parade of favorable matchups continues for Jackson, as Baltimore is set to face the Falcons, Chiefs and Buccaneers in Weeks 13-15. It’s unclear what will happen once Joe Flacco (hip) is cleared to play, but it doesn’t hurt to grab Jackson and his high rushing floor right now.WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endNyheim Hines, RB, Colts. Marlon Mack (concussion) might be out next week against the Jaguars, and Hines would likely function as the Colts’ lead back. It’s possible he would split with Jordan Wilkins, but last time we saw the Colts backfield in a pre-Mack situation, Hines had 22 touches, including 15 carries. Either way, he’s an intriguing play in PPR leagues if Mack is out. After a couple weeks of lackluster free agent adds and good games from players unworthy of waiver claims, the past two weeks have seen several important injuries (Melvin Gordon, Marlon Mack, Kerryon Johnson, Joe Flacco) and even more notable breakouts (Gus Edwards, Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, Josh Adams). This week we add a suspension (Leonard Fournette) and several more potential starting RBs, at least for one week (Carlos Hyde, Austin Ekeler/Justin Jackson, Nyheim Hines, LeGarrette Blount). All the aforementioned RBs will be among the top Week 13 fantasy waiver wire pickups, and several more sleepers with favorable fantasy playoff schedules will be on the free agent radar after waivers clear around 4-5 a.m. ET on Wednesday in ESPN and Yahoo leagues.Perhaps just as important q43 all the potential TE and D/ST streamers on our full free agent list. It’s all about winning this week for a bunch of teams, so swing for the fences with high-upside plays instead of playing your “usual defense” in a brutal matchup (and there are several examples of those this week). You can find plenty of good streamers at both key positions, and there’s even a QB and a bunch of potential WR3s (particularly in PPR leagues). If you’re worried about your kicker in the massive blizzard expected to affect over half of this week’s games, check out our Week 13 kicker rankings. (Note: We made up the blizzard thing to get more clicks on our kicker rankings because no one reads those, which is a real bummer because we work hard on them.) WEEK 13 DFS CASH LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsBruce Ellington, WR, Lions. Ellington is definitely not worth a waiver claim, but since we’ve already written about Blount, Hyde, and Jackson, we’ll give a little love to a WR. Marvin Jones (knee) has been placed on season-ending IR, and Ellington has already settled into the No. 2 receiver role on the Lions, catching 12 of 16 targets for 80 yards in his first two games. A remaining schedule of vs. LAR, @ ARI, @ BUF, and vs. MIN isn’t particularly great, but he has plenty of upside this week. Regardless, he can always rack up receptions for those in PPR leagues.Check out our full Week 13 waiver list for additional pickup ideas, including Week 13 D/ST and TE streamers.last_img read more

The close shave draws closer

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Unprecedented Number of Adults Cycling

first_imgThe gradual easing of restrictions will allow new and returning cyclists to enjoy greater freedom on their bikes, benefiting from both a physical and mental health perspective. Many essential workers are also discovering the countless benefits of commuting by bike, leading to a transport revolution. The addition of temporary bike lanes and improved cycling infrastructure will result in a safer environment and help to ease traffic congestion in our cities and towns. With hundreds of thousands of people taking to two wheels, Cycling Ireland has seen huge demand for programmes developed to support members of the cycling community. These include a free 7-week online training programme delivered as part of the #BikeLikeMe campaign, aimed at increasing female participation. Cycling Ireland’s virtual Zwift league has had the highest participation rate of any sports event for the past 10 weeks and a new ‘teach your child to cycle’ resource has proved to be very popular.Cycling Ireland CEO Matt McKerrow welcomed the figures; “I think everyone in the cycling community has anecdotally noticed more people cycling in and around their towns and suburbs recently, but it is great to see the research with numbers quantifying the levels of increased participation.“Cycling Ireland is committed to its role in providing participation opportunities for the physical and mental health of all across the island of Ireland and playing its part in the country’s road to recovery from Covid-19.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Over half a million regular cyclists during Covid-19 restrictionsLowest level of inactive people in history of Sport Ireland researchCycling Ireland has welcomed research that found an unprecedented number of adults are cycling every week. The latest figures show an estimated 510,000 people within the Republic of Ireland are enjoying cycling as a form of exercise, participating at least once per week. This marks an increase of approximately 260,000 people compared to the same time last year.last_img read more

Wales keep automatic qualification hopes alive, Northern Ireland go to play-offs

first_img targets Getty – Contributor 4 Wales reached half-time 2-0 ahead and in control of the contest.Wilson and Moore went close to extending Wales’ lead at the start of the second half and Tom Lockyer saw his header disallowed for an Ethan Ampadu push on Agayev.Bale was replaced just before the hour mark with Tuesday’s final qualifier against Hungary in Cardiff in mind. Ramsey came on to make his first Wales appearance in an almost exactly a year.Giggs’ side were comfortable throughout the second half and eased to the 2-0 win to give themselves the chance of qualifying in the final match.Northern Ireland must now rely on the Euro 2020 play-offs to reach next summer’s tournament following their draw with the Netherlands.Michael O’Neill’s side needed to win on Saturday evening to give themselves a fighting chance ahead of the last group game.Steven Davis blazed a first-half penalty over the bar to squander a golden opportunity as the match ended 0-0. Michael O’Neill has recently taken the Stoke job Getty Images – Getty Gareth Bale captained Wales in their crucial Euro 2020 qualifier in Azerbaijan despite not having played for over a month because of a calf problem.Aaron Ramsey, yet to play in Euro 2020 qualifying, was on the bench after injury as Chris Mepham, Joe Morrell and Harry Wilson featured after last month’s 1-1 draw against Croatia.Injured pair Joe Rodon and Jonny Williams and the suspended Joe Allen dropped out, while Azerbaijan made four changes from the side beaten in Hungary last month.Wales started on the front foot with goalkeeper Salahat Agayev pushing out efforts from Wilson and Morrell. Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Kieffer Moore then headed Wales into a 10th-minute lead, meeting Wilson’s corner at the far post and scoring from close range.Wales doubled their lead after 34 minutes when Daniel James cut inside onto his right foot for an effort which hit both the crossbar and the post.Wilson was in the right place to head the rebound into an unguarded goal, the forward’s first goal for Wales in just over a year.Azerbaijan wanted a penalty when Dmitrij Nazarov’s drive struck Tom Lockyer on the arm but German referee Deniz Aytekin was not interested and booked Nazarov for dissent. update The second half was slow to start. The Dutch were camped in Northern Ireland territory for much of the opening quarter of an hour, but did not carve out a chance until Babel’s header was held on the line by Peacock-Farrell just before the hour.Pressure continued to build but clear chances were hard to come by, and a weak Matthijs de Ligt header was comfortably held by Peacock-Farrell.Scotland leapfrogged Cyprus in Euro 2020 qualifying Group I with a 2-1 win on Saturday.Steve Clarke’s side cannot finish in the top two to automatically qualify for next summer’s tournament but are making a strong finish.Ryan Christie and John McGinn scored either side of Georgios Efrem’s strike on their way to victory.Full results from Saturday’s Euro 2020 qualifying matchesGroup CGermany 4-0 BelarusNorthern Ireland 0-0 NetherlandsGroup EAzerbaijan 0-2 WalesCroatia 3-1 SlovakiaGroup GSlovenia 1-0 LatviaAustria 2-1 North MacedoniaIsrael 1-2 PolandGroup ICyprus 1-2 ScotlandRussia 1-4 BelgiumSan Marino 1-3 Kazakhstan Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Kieffer Moore opens the scoring for Wales on target appointed Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 4 Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS AFP or licensors latest Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Wales coasted to a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan to keep their hopes of finishing in the top two of Euro 2020 qualifying Group E.Goals from Kieffer Moore and Harry Wilson gave Ryan Giggs’ side the all important win going into the final group match.Wales will need to beat Hungary on Tuesday to seal that second place spot. 4 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Dmitrij Nazarov was booked for his protests after not being awarded a penalty Getty – Contributor 4 statement Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti stalemate Steven Davis blazed his penalty over the bar After a pre-match video tribute to O’Neill and with Windsor Park rocking, Northern Ireland immediately began unsettling the visitors.Corry Evans chased down a back-pass and almost prodded home after Jasper Cillessen mis-controlled, then Jonny Evans headed wide from McNair’s corner.Magennis tried to guide a deep cross from McNair into the far corner but saw it go wide and George Saville struck the ball into a crowd of players when Cillessen tried to punch a free-kick clear.And all that was in the first six minutes.Drama then shifted to the other end where Quincy Promes lifted in a cross for Steven Berguis, whose mis-hit shot looped onto the crossbar before Northern Ireland scrambled it clear.Holland began to exert more influence, and Ryan Babel should have done much better when Daley Blind pulled the ball back, but fired straight at Bailey Peacock-Farrell instead.Northern Ireland were then gifted a penalty when Joel Veltman handled McNair’s cross under Saville, but, perhaps unnerved by lengthy Dutch arguments, Davis blazed over from the spot.With the best chance squandered, the two teams went in goalless at the break. rookie error Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta last_img read more