The five-time Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks arrived on campus Thursday for their second straight training camp trip to Compton Family Ice Arena, with public practices on Saturday and Sunday.Tom Nevala, general manager of the Compton Family Ice Arena, said the training camp was first set up last year through discussions with Blackhawk’s manager Stan Bowan, a 1995 Notre Dame alumnus.Observer File Photo “With the facilities we have available to them, the campus environment, they thought it would be a great way to start the season,” Nevala said.The team completed physical testing at the United Center in Chicago Thursday morning before traveling to the University, where Nevala said they will reside at the Morris Inn for the duration of their visit.While at Notre Dame, Nevala said the team will participate in both private and public events.“They are doing some things, but they are private functions on campus,” he said. “They are doing some things in the community as well. I think they’ll go to the Robinson Learning Center, I want to say on Friday afternoon.”Team practice on Friday will be closed to the public, but faculty, staff and students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross are welcome to join the team for an exclusive practice at the Compton Family Ice Arena from 10:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. The training camp itself will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10:15 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.“Hopefully it’s a chance for everyone [to benefit],” he said. “That’s why we have the Friday event specifically for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students, faculty and staff. It’s a great chance to get out and see these guys live in a much smaller venue than the United Center.”Nevala said hosting the team is a special experience that “certainly comes at a great price.” According to the Notre Dame website, the now sold-out general admission tickets for the weekend scrimmages were available for purchase for $10.“I think, more importantly, the 60 guys who come here as part of the Blackhawks enjoy being around the atmosphere that you enjoy every day,” he said. “Maybe a third of an NHL team played hockey in college, most of them [now] have the opportunity to experience the college environment and enjoy kind of being like you guys.”Nevala said the team seems to enjoy the training program set up at Notre Dame.“Before they’ve even started camp this year, they’re already looking forward to returning again next year,” he said.Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Compton Family Ice Arena, Training Camp
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Working from home has its perks—no commute, more family time and (possibly) fewer distractions. But it can also be difficult to lead a team that you don’t see in the office every day. Several leaders have expressed frustration that some of their team members aren’t as responsive or lack follow through since they have been working from home during the pandemic. The lack of personal interaction can make it more challenging to check in with team members who don’t seem to be pulling their weight.So how do you instill a sense of ownership and accountability in a virtual environment?Establish goals and outcomes. Although there may be fewer distractions—chatty coworkers, ad hoc meetings, etc.—when employees are working from home, it also can be challenging to focus. As a leader, it is important to set clear goals, outcomes and deadlines for projects and tasks so that each of your team members know exactly what your expectations are. Focusing on outcomes allows an employee to take ownership of a task or project and relieves you from having to micromanage the process. When setting a desired outcome, think about what the end result should look like and communicate that to the employee. At the beginning of the week, communicate exactly what you are expecting each team member to complete, the due date and how they should submit their work.
Usain Bolt reclaimed his world title in the 100 meters.The Jamaican posted a time of 9.77 seconds at the world championships in Moscow on Sunday two years after he was disqualified for a false start in the 2011 final in South Korea.With rain falling in the Russian capital, Bolt comfortably beat American Justin Gatlin and Jamaica’s Nesta Carter.Bolt now owns six gold medals at the world championships to go along with his six golds at the Olympics.
Australian John O’Neill has quit as director of the 2015 Rugby World Cup citing personal reasons, the International Rugby Board (IRB) said on Tuesday.O’Neill, a former chief of the Australian Rugby Union as well as the Football Federation Australia, confirmed his departure was effective immediately.He held the role since March 2012 and IRB chairperson Bernard Lapasset said in a statement he “reluctantly accepted” the resignation.”The board would like to thank John for his exceptional contribution and his tireless dedication to strengthening the Rugby World Cup brand, profile and profitability for the benefit of the global game,” he said, without going into the reason for the Australian quitting.O’Neill wished the organisation success for next year’s showpiece in England and the 2019 World Cup in Japan, with the IRB’s executive committee meeting in March set to discuss a new appointment.O’Neill’s resignation came on the same day Michael O’Connor quit as coach of Australia’s Rugby Sevens team, citing family reasons.
This passage of play suggested Chelsea were beginning to assert themselves but Palace’s belief had clearly been strengthened by their victory at champions Manchester City eight days previously.The home side appeared happy to concede territory in the hope of hitting Chelsea on the break and it was little surprise the game remained locked in stalemate at half-time.It did not take long, however, for Sarri’s side to breach the Palace defence at the start of the second half with Luiz injecting the moment of creativity needed to find a way through.The centre-back was allowed time to pick his pass and his perfectly weighted chip fell into the path of Kante who had made a positive run towards the penalty spot.The France international controlled the ball on his chest before hitting a left-foot shot that flew wide of Guaita’s dive.Having dominated long periods of the game before the goal, Chelsea assumed total control after Kante’s opening goal.Guaita was called to save yet again from Willian after the Brazilian was set up by a clever Hazard backheel before Giroud saw his second effort of the game ruled out for offside.Wickham’s 89th-minute chance gave Sarri’s side a late scare but this was a comfortable Chelsea win. London, United Kingdom | AFP | N’Golo Kante showed signs he is growing into his more advanced midfield role with a composed finish that gave Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday.Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has been criticised for moving Kante out of his more familiar position in front of the back four, with Jorginho filling the holding role.As a result, Kante’s effectiveness this season has been questioned, but the former Leicester City man impressed as he struck the 51st minute match-winner that helped the Blues tighten their grip on fourth by opening up a five-point gap to Arsenal.Kante followed a perfectly timed run to meet David Luiz’s chipped pass with a clinical finish to cap a dominant display by Sarri’s side against London rivals Palace.Chelsea’s failure to add to Kante’s third league goal of the season will have given Sarri some concern, though, and would have proved costly had Palace substitute Connor Wickham not skied a late chance over the bar.The Italian manager reshaped his forward line by including Olivier Giroud as the central striker — a decision that handed Alvaro Morata another reminder of his place in the strikers’ pecking order at Stamford Bridge.The Spaniard was among the substitutes, while Giroud’s inclusion freed Eden Hazard from his recent duties as a false nine, allowing the Belgium international to return to his more familiar position on the left of the front three.But despite dominating, particularly in the second half, Chelsea’s chances remained limited.– Hazard warning –Hazard quickly made the most of his freedom to drift in from the flank, testing the Palace defence with a number of runs from deep.The Belgian’s 34th-minute run towards the home penalty area drew a foul from Cheikhou Kouyate and led to the game’s first real opportunity.Willian’s curling free-kick from 25 yards took a deflection off the defensive wall before clipping the outside of Vicente Guaita’s right-hand post.The Palace goalkeeper did well to punch the resulting corner clear, but Willian almost caught the Spaniard out with a fierce low shot from distance. Share on: WhatsApp
If he doesn’t break the 19-second barrier this year or in 2017, that will be one reason to continue. If that barrier is breached by next season, it’s my guess that Bolt’s retirement would probably come as originally contemplated at the end of the 2017 season. There would hardly be any reason to run another step. The only target left would be the 400 metres. No one has ever won global titles at 100, 200, and 400 metres. If he sticks around past 2017, even with his well-known disinterest in the longest of sprints, Bolt could be the one. • Hubert Lawrence has been amazed by Bolt since 2002. It can only mean one thing. If Usain Bolt is contemplating an extension of his career beyond the 2017 World Championships, then his coach, Glen Mills, must have again set new acceptable targets for the tall man. Mills has done it before, and the sport of athletics is breathing a slow sigh of relief because he is doing it again. Had Bolt retired after his sport-altering 2008 and 2009 seasons, he would already have been the king of sprinters. It’s a no-brainer. The world-record doubles at the Beijing Olympics and the Berlin World Championships were, and still are, the stuff of legend. Mills had the tall man focused and led him on consistency. He came back to show how human he was with the infamous 100-metre false start at the 2011 Worlds and how brilliant he was with the rip-snorting Olympic double title defence in London almost four years ago. When he retained his Olympic crown in the 100m, he did it in 9.63 seconds. That’s inferior only to his world record of 9.58. Had he retired then, he would still be the best sprinter of all time. After all, no one had done the Olympic sprint double twice. Had he retired then, he’d have missed the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, where he reigned supreme. In 2015, his absence would have left Justin Gatlin as World 100-metre champion. Bolt will be 34 when the 2020 Olympics roll around. Glen Mills, however, has seen something in the athlete he has coached for more than a decade. Perhaps if and when Bolt loses the snap required to rule the 100m, they will concentrate on the 200 metres. AIMING FOR A RECORD
Always on trend, the Mavericks Barbers of Letterkenny have a great guide for local men who want to change up their style with the seasons. Summer VibesAs the weather beings to heat up and the Sahara sand falls upon us, in Mavericks we are noticing a shift in styles being requested. So with that in mind this week we are bringing you some inspiration for your summer haircut…Whether you’re keeping professional for work, finishing college, going travelling or just hanging about, these hairstyles will look great no matter the occasion. We at Mavericks take particular pride in keeping up to date with the trends and attending workshops to ensure we apply the best techniques to achieve the best results in all haircuts, be it modern or old school. The Skin FadeThe Skin Fade a classic men’s favourite right now. The fade will never go out of style, like a plain white T. It’s all about the transition from hair to “skin”, the style on top is up to you. Just make sure your barber knows what he is doing before you ask for this one! Mavericks salt spray is key to the styling on top. Barber: JPThe QuiffThe Quiff is still one of our favourite hairstyles just because it looks so great when done right! Definitely go with this hairstyle if you want something that looks good and is easy to achieve. Can be match with a variety of fades. This look was created using Mavericks Shaping paste! Barber: Our new man Callum!The Modern Side PartThe Modern side part is a great style for guys looking for that sleek and suave look that will have everyone admiring! It is a very sharp hair cut that will look good and once you’ve found the right product it is easy to maintain. We recommend using Layrite Original Pomade for this one. Barber: ScottThe short crop cutThe short crop cut is an awesome hairstyle for guys looking for an easy to maintain haircut. Short sides with 1-1.5 inches of hair on top to achieve this style. We highly recommend this hairstyle for guys with a square face shape. Texture achieved with Mavericks Deluxe Pomade. Barber: Darwyn. The Textured top with cropped fringeThe Textured top with cropped fringe: It’s not going away… The modern style fade, loads of texture on top and a bowl cut of a fringe, but get the right barber, and it looks pretty damn sharp! Styled with dear barber shaping cream. Barber: RonanIf you like what you see, then there is only one place in town that you need to visit! Fortunately for all the gentlemen who come through the door at Mavericks they don’t just leave with a cracking haircut, they get 5 star service and a great experience!No appointments necessary… Just bring your hair!Mavericks Traditional Barbershop, Lower Main Street, Letterkenny. Also, you can catch up with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Maverickstraditionalbarbershop) and follow us on Instagram (maverickstraditionalbarbershop) Snapchat @MAVERICKSTBS or Twitter www.twitter.com/mavericksbaber…or better still call in and treat yourself to the haircut you deserve! New summer hair inspiration with Mavericks Barbers was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by Mavericks BarbersShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The City of Johannesburg among other cities in the country is set to become a fully-fledged “Smart City” by 2040 through its Growth and Development Strategy (GDS). This will increase the competitiveness of the city worldwide. (Image: Wikipedia)The internationally distinguished City Nation Place Awards has recognised the work of Play Your Part, Brand South Africa’s flagship domestic programme aimed at building pride and patriotism.City Nation Place Awards celebrate and benchmark excellence in place-branding. Shortlisted entries demonstrate a combination of creativity, intelligence and effective strategic planning to deliver results in each of the categories. There are four main categories namely, Best Citizen Engagement, Best Communication Strategy, Best Use of Social Media, and Place Brand of the Year.Play Your Part is nominated for the Best Citizen Engagement Award. In this category, Brand South Africa is competing against five other participants from the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States.“Citizens are a critical driver of a country’s reputation and this is manifest in, amongst others, their pride and patriotism in promoting the nation brand,” said Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa’s chief marketing officer. “Brand South Africa therefore prioritises citizens as a pillar of our national engagement strategy and we therefore welcome this nomination.”CITY COMPETITIVENESSCities are now more than ever the lifeblood of the global economy, and their competitiveness increasingly determines the wealth and poverty of nations, regions and the world, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF), which has been the leader in determining the competitiveness of nations since 2004.South African cities are playing a bigger role not only in determining the economy but also the lives of thousands of people. Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth are home to numerous industries; they set the trends and absorb the country’s most talented individuals.The National Development Plan, or Vision 2030, has identified the components of a smart city as key developmental points, which means that South Africa is on the verge of being globally competitive. A smart city uses digital technologies to enhance performance and well-being, to reduce costs and resource consumption, and to engage more effectively and actively with its citizens.PLAYING YOUR PARTBrand South Africa is mandated to position the country as a globally competitive inward destination. The organisation agrees that this cannot be achieved without the collective efforts of all citizens.This understanding led to Play Your Part, a nationwide social movement created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. The campaign is targeted at all South Africans – from corporates to individuals, and non-profit organisations to government and youth platforms.It calls on all people in South Africa to do what is within their capacity to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate, using their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Purdue University research shows that a small amount of nicotinoid pesticide substantially weakens termites’ ability to fight off fungal diseases, a finding that could lead to more effective methods of pest control.The study also provides clues into termites’ robust defense systems and how nicotinoids affect social insects. Nictotinoid pesticides are commonly used on corn and soybean seeds.A team led by Michael Scharf, the O.W. Rollins/Orkin Chair and professor of entomology, found that a sublethal dose of imidacloprid knocked out key microbes in the termite gut and suppressed the social hygiene habits that help keep a termite colony healthy. Their defenses weakened, the termites became vulnerable to a fungal pathogen that normally poses little threat. The combination of pesticide and pathogen wiped out laboratory colonies in seven days.“A termite colony can tolerate this dose of imidacloprid and fungal pathogen independently, but put them together, and they really have deleterious effects,” Scharf said. “Understanding how to cripple termite defenses could lead us to new, safer control technologies.”Termites rarely get sick, despite living in moist, underground environments and in close contact with thousands of fellow colony members — conditions that are ideal for disease development. While termites contain the disease defense genes common among all insects, they also have unique, non-genetic ways of protecting themselves from pathogenic bacteria and fungi, Scharf said.Termites build up “social immunity” by grooming pathogens off of one another and transfer disease resistance throughout the colony by feeding on each other’s secretions, said study co-author Drion Boucias, a professor of insect pathology at the University of Florida who has been researching termite immunity and response to disease for several decades.“Social cleaning and grooming are critical,” he said. “A solitary termite is susceptible to anything.”Termites also protect themselves by cultivating mutually beneficial relationships with microorganisms. The termite gut houses what Boucias called a “microbial garden” — a rich community of thousands of beneficial bacteria and protists, simple microorganisms whose symbiotic relationship coevolved with termites over millions of years. These microbes allow termites to digest cellulose, the tough material that gives plants their ability to stand upright. But they also appear to play an important role in disease defense.Previous research suggests that some of these protists produce an enzyme that fatally punctures the cell wall of pathogenic invaders.When Scharf and Boucias’s team treated termite colonies with a small dose of imidacloprid, the protists began to die. The pesticide also had a druglike effect on termites, suppressing the grooming behaviors necessary to keep colony members from being infected with a fungal disease.Applying a sublethal amount of a fungal pathogen quickly destroyed the imidacloprid-treated colonies. The pathogen penetrated the termites’ outer cuticle and dissolved their muscles and organs.“The termites became little fuzzy piles of mush,” Scharf said. “We don’t typically see this in colonies in the wild unless they are severely stressed.”The researchers studied the termites’ gut metatranscriptome — all termite and microbe genes that are being expressed at a given moment — to measure the decline of the gut microbes and better understand which genes are involved in termite defense.Unexpectedly, the pesticide and fungus did not trigger the “stereotypical” immunity genes that they do in other insect species such as bees, Scharf said. The finding could indicate that termites rely almost exclusively on their gut microbes and social immunity to protect their health.Future control measures may target these defenses, opening the door for termites’ natural enemies to finish the job, Boucias said.The paper was published in PloS One and is available at http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0123391Funding for the research was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture.
SharePrint RelatedThe End of the World [Sagres] GC12CRJ – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – September 6, 2011September 6, 2011In “Geocache of the Week””First Germany” GC77 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – April 4, 2011April 4, 2011In “Community””Liechtenstein’s First” GCC2F4 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – July 7, 2011July 5, 2011In “Community” Landscape near “Petrified Canyon”“Petrified Canyon” (GCME8A) takes geocachers into the Martian landscape of the badlands in North Dakota. It’s placed in a petrified forest where ancient trees have turned to stone.Adventurers discover the traditional cache, placed in late 2004, a few miles from the interstate. The difficulty 1.5, terrain 1.5 cache placed by Snowman and son receives praise from geocachers.One log reads, “This is really a beautiful place. Thanks for bringing us here.” The cache has earned a dozen Geocaching.com Favorite Points and more than a 160 people have logged a smiley on the cache so far.Petrified stump near the site of the geocacheBut cachers discover more than a small geocache. The cache owner says they may also spot wildlife. Rabbits, mule deer, big horn sheep and even a mountain lion have been seen in the area.Continue your exploration of some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:More
There has been a sharp increase in crimes in trains and railway premises, data has revealed. In the year 2017, 1,058 cases of robbery were reported across the 16 Railway zones of the country, which increased to 1,472 in 2018. Similarly, the number of rape cases reported in 2017 were 55, which increased to 69 in 2018. Drugging casesThe figures were tabled in the Lok Sabha by the Ministry of Railways last week in response to questions by seven MPs. The number of cases of drugging has remained the same, 257 for both 2017 and 2018.A closer analysis of the data points out huge variations in crimes as far as Railway zones are concerned. For instance the Central Railway has recorded the highest incidents of robbery (723) in 2018, followed by Western Railway which recorded 377 cases. North East Frontier Railway, South East Central and South Eastern Railway have recorded the least number of cases of robbery with four, four and nine respectively in 2018. In terms of cases of rape, three railway zones, West Central and Central Railway with 14 cases each and Northern Railway with 11 cases, amount to 56% of all rape cases recorded in all the zonal railways in 2018. Southern and South Central Railway recorded no incident of rape in 2018. In terms of incidents of drugging, Central Railway and North Central Railway recorded 61 cases each, followed by 31 in North Central and 18 in North East Frontier Railway.What is interesting about these figures is that the data has been brought into the public domain for the first time. The National Crime Record Bureau, which has a chapter on Crime in Railways, was last released in 2017 containing statistics recorded in 2016. Retired IPS officer and former Executive Director of the Railway Protection Force Nazrul Islam furthered explained these figures. ‘Proactive officers’“If more cases are recorded in some zonal railways that does not necessarily mean that the zone is more crime prone. It can be that officers there are more proactive in recording cases and thereby victims have higher chance of getting justice,” Mr Islam said.