Spirit of youth, wealth of experience send Lady Devils volleyball to districts

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Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. HomeSportsSpirit of youth, wealth of experience send Lady Devils volleyball to districts Senior Marah Call stepped into the setter’s role on Saturday for North Adams and did a bang-up job as the Lady Devils advanced in tourney play with a three-set win over Portsmouth West. (Photo by Mark Carpenter)By Mark CarpenterMany times this season, North Adams volleyball coach Katie Ragan bemoaned the fact that her team sometimes just didn’t play with the enthusiasm and spark that she wanted. Not to say that the Lady Devils didn’t win matches as their record indicates, but just to add that little more that their coach longed for.On Saturday afternoon in the Division III sectional championship match, Coach Ragan my have gotten her wish. Facing the adversity of not having junior setter Sierra Kendall available, it was “next up” for the Lady Devils as they faced the Portsmouth West Lady Senators for the right to advance to the district tournament.The spark on Saturday came from two sources, one familiar and one not so familiar as the Lady Devils looked sharp in a three-set win over the Lady Senators in a match played at North Adams High School. The unfamiliar boost came from a pair of underclassmen, Daisy Holt and Kiersten Campbell, who brought an enthusiasm to the court that seemed to rub off on their older teammates. Those older teammates responded, especially the dynamic duo of hitters DeLaney Harper and Wylie Shipley, and the setter for the day, senior Marah Call.In the first set, the Lady Devils used one of their patented service runs, this one from Lizzie Gill, to open up a lead that resulted in a 25-19 win. In the second set it was a combination of power at the net from Shipley, Harper, and Keetyn Hupp, plus a run of nine consecutive service points from Campbell that propelled North Adams to a 25-13 win and a commanding 2-0 advantage in the match. The third set was much of the same with Campbell grabbing service points and Harper having a field day at the net. The Lady Senators stayed close but the match ended with three service points and a Harper kill that put an exclamation point on yet another sectional championship for the Lady Devils as they took the third set 25-17.The win earned the Lady Devils a spot in the district semi-finals on Wednesday, Oct. 28 when they will make the long trip to Nelsonville-York, looking for something that has been elusive to them in recent years, a win in a district match and a berth in the district finals.Also, the win on Saturday was the 300th of the outstanding coaching career of Coach Ragan.center_img Spirit of youth, wealth of experience send Lady Devils volleyball to districtsCoach Ragan picks up 300th career victoryOctober 29, 2020Mark CarpenterSports0 Stepping up to fill a gap in the North Adams rotation, freshman Kiersten Campbell delivered 11 service points in the Lady Devils’ sectional title win over Portsmouth West on Oct. 24. (Photo by Mark Carpenter) last_img read more

Wingberry Farms Welcomes Yann Candele as Head Trainer

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Wingberry Farms welcomes Yann Candele to its world-class facility in King City, ON. The three-time Canadian Show Jumping Champion will act as Head Trainer of Wingberry Farms year-round.The partnership sees Candele responsible for the training of all Wingberry Farms horses and clients, along with Candele’s current students who will move to Wingberry Farms to continue working with the Canadian Show Jumping Team veteran.“We feel fortunate to have joined forces with a rider of Yann Candele’s calibre,” said Shawn Littler, Owner and Operator of Wingberry Farms. “Working with Yann will allow us to further develop our competition horses, bring along sales horses, and allow our clients to reach their full potential in a professional yet fun atmosphere.”An amateur rider herself, Littler spoke to the enormous opportunity that having Candele as Head Trainer presents.“We want people to know that a trainer with Yann’s expertise is both available and enthusiastic, and that he is willing to share his knowledge and train all riders, regardless of their level,” explained Littler. “We are really excited by what Yann brings to the sport and to Wingberry Farm.”“I want to be able to give back to the sport and to pass on my knowledge,” said Candele, 42, who first made his Nations’ Cup debut in 2001. “I am looking forward to developing younger riders and horses at Wingberry Farms. The youth are the future of our sport, and they are our future Canadian Team members.”Candele will be based at Wingberry Farms in King City, ON, for the majority of the year, supported by Wingberry Farms’ Assistant Trainer, Jill MacRae. From December to April, Candele and interested clients will move to Wellington, FL, where they will have the opportunity to compete against the best riders in the world at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Those who choose to remain in Canada during the winter months will continue their training under MacRae’s guidance.“Combining our businesses allows us to be open year-round, gives clients access to international competitions, and allows them to learn from someone with major games experience,” said Candele, who competed at the 2004 World Cup Final in Milan, Italy, and was a member of Canada’s fifth placed team at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. He was also the traveling alternate for the 2012 London Olympic Games and is representing the Canadian Show Jumping Team in competition in CSIO5* Barcelona, Spain, at the end of September. “We look forward to developing a great team of people who enjoy the sport and are dedicated to it.”Of the Wingberry Farms facility, Candele noted, “It’s in a prime location for people in the Toronto area, easy to access, and the facility is ideal for developing both horses and riders. With a heated indoor arena, grass and sand grand prix arena and tonnes of trails, the farm is truly at the top level.”Situated on 100 acres approximately 25 minutes from Toronto, Wingberry Farms boasts 35 large stalls outfitted with SoftStall’s rubber matting system. Riding facilities include a large heated indoor arena with natural lighting and TravelRight footing, an outdoor sand arena with TR2 footing, and a grass grand prix field featuring natural obstacles and water jumps. In addition to its own trail system, Wingberry Farms backs on to approximately 500 acres of additional scenic hacking. Large grass paddocks allow for plenty of turn-out, while on-site staff ensures equine comfort and safety 24 hours a day.“We are excited to offer our clients the opportunity to ride with such a knowledgeable, successful trainer, and to welcome new clients who want to learn from one of the best,” concluded Littler. Tags: Yann Candele, Wingberry Farms, Shawn Littler, SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Faculty Research and/or Teaching Position for Free Speech and Open Inquiry in Business &Management

first_imgThe Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) is offering positions forresearch and teaching with compensation ranging from $5,000 to$25,000 to support scholarship or programs on the subject of freespeech and open inquiry.IHS is particularly interested in applications that explore howthe applicant hopes to use this position to study the classicalliberal tradition of individual rights, free markets, andself-governance have contributed to the development of freespeech.IHS traditionally works with academics in the fields ofeconomics, political science, philosophy, history, and law, howeverscholars of all disciplines are welcome to apply. Applications willbe accepted on a rolling basis beginning immediately forthe 2020-2021 academic year and areavailable to academics of any career stage.Successful applicants may be asked to visit Arlington, Virginiato present relevant research and activity to a select group fromthe IHS staff.Application and DeadlinesApplications are currently being accepted for the 2020-2021academic year and are open to academics at any stage of theircareers. Applications deadlines are listed below:April 1, 2021 | Applications for fall 2021projects dueMay 28, 2021 | Decisions announcedAward notifications will be sent to applicants within four weeksafter each deadline. Information about the Institute for HumaneStudiesThe Institute for Humane Studies partners with professors topromote the teaching and research of liberty and to advance highereducation’s core purpose of intellectual discovery and humanprogress.Our vision is to ensure higher education becomes a place whereclassical liberal ideas are regularly taught, discussed,challenged, and developed, and where free speech, intellectualdiversity, and open inquiry flourish. Institute for Humane Studies Research or TeachingPosition for Free Speech and Open InquiryDeadline: April 1, 2021Type: Faculty, tenured or tenured trackCompensation Amount: $5,000 –  $25,000last_img read more

Staff Assistant, University Police

first_imgPosition SummaryThe University at Buffalo is searching for a Staff Assistant toprovide daily administrative management support for the UniversityPolice Department. The Staff Assistant will perform functionsincluding, but not limited to:• Supervision of University Police Lost & Found, includingassistance with answering the non-emergency phone line andquarterly audits.• Assist in monitoring and tracking of OTPS and PSR expenditures,creating and reconciling electronic personnel and requisitiontransactions.• Responsible for the daily coordination of scheduling and overtimetracking and accruals, including processing biweeklytimesheets.• Coordinate the distribution and tabulation of departmentscustomer satisfaction surveys• Compiles information in accordance with policies of accreditingagencies.• Performs updates as needed on department WIKI site, GeneralOrders and other departmental documents.• Serves as an Executive Assistant to the Chief, Deputy Chiefs, andHR & Business Manager.The ideal candidate should be able to multitask and have excellenttime-management skills.University at Buffalo is an affirmative action equal opportunityemployer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to applyincluding veterans and individuals with disabilities.Minimum QualificationsAssociates degree required. 1 year of responsible work experience.Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft office suite, ability tomulti-task and strong written/oral communication skills.Preferred QualificationsBachelor’s Degree.For more information, click the “How to Apply” button.last_img read more

Tech startup inks $100M deal to help build 400 homes

first_imgUnlike companies that built prefabricated homes or parts, Mosaic aims to standardize the process — not the product — of homebuilding.“The approach we’ve been taking has been focused and problem-oriented to specific needs,” Ahmad said. “When you look at homebuilding operations in markets like Arizona and Texas … the real shortage that exists right now is the shortage of skilled labor.”To date, Mosaic’s focus has been on framing. Its software can calculate how much lumber a project needs and have the wood cut first and then delivered to the job site, reducing waste and speeding construction. The software can also be used to give lumber yards precise instructions to pre-assemble wall panels.Mosaic’s Series A comes at a time when more investors are focused on construction tech. (SoftBank-backed Katerra is one beneficiary.)“The industry is too big to be ignored,” said Travis Connors, a co-founder of Building Ventures, a construction-focused VC fund based in Boston and San Francisco. He said nearly every industry but construction has been disrupted by manufacturing. “It’s a generational process that needs to change.”Mosaic and Mandalay have partnered before. Since 2018, they have built 70 homes in Arizona.Mandalay CEO Dave Everson said Mosaic has helped his team shave 20 percent off the time it takes to frame a home at a time when demand for new homes is surging and supply is limited.Sales of new, single-family homes rose 13.9 percent between June and July to an annualized rate of 901,100, the highest since December 2006, the Commerce Department reported this week. Single-family housing starts rose 8.2 percent.Everson said by increasing production to meet demand, Mandalay is poised to capture market share in Arizona. Using Mosaic, the homebuilder has been able to train relatively new workers to assemble walls using pre-cut packs, addressing the shortage of skilled labor.“We’re all trying to get more done with less,” he said. “It almost doesn’t matter where you are in the experience chain.” This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Mosaic CEO Salman Ahmad and Mandalay CEO Dave Everson (Photos via Mosaic)With demand for new homes surging, a Phoenix startup is teaming up with a local builder to churn out 400 new homes using software that converts blueprints into Ikea-like assembly instructions.With a new, $100 million partnership, Mosaic Building and Mandalay Homes said they will build hundreds of single-family homes in northern Arizona over the next 24 months.In conjunction with the deal, Mosaic said it closed a $14.25 million Series A led by Andreessen Horowitz, bringing its total funding to $24.75 million since 2015. Other investors in the round included Founders Fund, Thrive Capital and Greylock Partners.Building Ventures, a construction-tech VC, also participated in the funding, alongside Eric Wu, CEO of Opendoor, and real estate scion Michael Milstein.Founded by Salman Ahmad and Sep Kamvar, Mosaic’s software is designed to help contractors build better-quality homes faster and at lower cost. Its digital worksheets are one way Mosaic said it accomplishes that goal, by helping to rethink construction schedules and eliminate redundant tasks.Read moreHousing starts poised to pick up Timber REITs are having a moment Katerra struggles to deliver construction-tech revolution last_img read more

US sells Hong Kong consulate apartments at big discount: $7K psf

first_imgThe apartment complex (CBRE)The U.S. government has agreed to sell a compound in a prime Hong Kong neighborhood to local developer Hang Lung Properties for $332 million.The 26-unit property served as residences for local consulate staff. Hang Lung Properties plans to redevelop it with luxury detached houses, according to the Wall Street Journal.The complex totals 95,000 square feet and the sale price is considered a major discount for the area. Prices for Hong Kong properties across sectors have been trending downward over the last year as a result of sustained civil unrest in the territory and the coronavirus pandemic.With the property offering 47,400 square feet of floor area available for redevelopment, the sale price comes out to around $7,000 per square foot. That’s more than a third less than what developer China Resources Land paid per square foot for a comparable, neighboring property in 2018.News broke in June that the property was on the market. At the time, the U.S. State Department said the sale was part of a wider reinvestment push.A State Department spokesperson said the sale “will not affect our presence, staffing, or operations in any way,” according to the Journal. Some of the proceeds from the sale will be reinvested into other U.S.-owned properties in Hong Kong.The U.S. and China have clashed over the latter’s increased political involvement in the historically independent territory.The sale is expected to close by the end of the year. Hang Lung said that in total the firm would invest about $516 million into the property, including the cost of acquisition. It hopes to complete the redevelopment by 2024. [WSJ] — Dennis Lynch  This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Stas Skube to RK Vardar!

first_img“Warm up” and “Stoilov’s dance” to announce very interesting season RK Eurofarm Pelister beat RK Vardar for the first trophy in season 2020/2021 ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe Slovenian playmaker Stas Skube will play at RK Vardar Skopje from the next season, finds out Balkan-Handball.com.One of the most important players in the victorius run of Pick Szeged in Hungarian championship will join EHF CL winners from 2017 after Dean Bombac came back to the club from PGE Vive Kielce.Stas Skube will replace Luka Cindric who joined Polish champions.  Click to comment VIDEO: Ristovski is hero of RK Vardar Recommended for you Related Items:RK Vardar, Stas Skube ShareTweetShareShareEmail Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img

Hallmark Connections goes for seven

first_imgRotala Group-owned Hallmark Connections has ordered seven new Scania Touring HD coaches, in a mix of 49-seat executive and 53-seat standard touring specifications.The operator’s policy is to standardise on Scanias – it has 15 in the fleet – and says Hallmark MD Antony Goozee, the order follows good experience with a Scania Touring bought last year.last_img

Sarkozy offers Zapatero seat at Washington summit

first_img Fact File French President Nicolas Sarkozy has offered Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero a seat at the international summit on reform of the global financial system to be held in Washington on 15 November. But he said that who was invited was up to US President George W. Bush. Speaking after an informal summit of EU leaders in Brussels on 7 November called to agree a common position for the Washington meeting, Sarkozy said that he was prepared to give up one of the two places France had been offered at the meeting as the current presidency of the European Union and as a member of the G7 group. “There would be no problem for Spain to occupy one of our places”, he said. But he added: “It’s not up to me alone to decide. I think it’s very difficult to explain that the eighth largest economy in the world can’t sit next to the others”. Zapatero has been lobbying heavily to attend the meeting of the world’s 20 leading industrialised and emerging economies, which France, Germany, the UK and Italy will attend as members of the G7.Speaking in Brussels on 7 November, Zapatero said: “Spain has demonstrated having one of the best systems of supervision and control of financial agencies in the world…This experience is important.” Spain should be there because of its economic and political weight, Zapatero said. Though the Spanish economy has been hit by the general economic slowdown and the end of a construction boom, its banks have been less badly hit than their rivals because of a conservative regulatory policy which did not allow banks to move some liabilities off their balance sheets. This has left many Spanish banks in a stronger position as the effects of the sub-prime lending crisis hit and allowed companies such as Banco Santander to buy assets from failed institutions like the UK’s mortgage lender Abbey. The Czech Republic, which assumes the presidency of the EU in January, will also have a presence at the summit. Its deputy minister for European affairs, Marek Mora, will attend as part of the French delegation. The would-be summiteersSeveral other countries also expressed a wish to be at the summit, including Poland, whose president, Lech Kaczyński, argued that, as the largest economy in central Europe, it should have been invited.Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has also asked to attend the meeting, arguing that the Netherlands had an important financial sector and was an important country in any discussions on the future of the sector.But, even without being invited to attend, Balkenende said that that the EU’s position at the G20 meeting would be stronger for the Dutch contribution. The content was what mattered, he said.Sarkozy expressed some sympathy for the Dutch attending the meeting of the world’s twenty largest economies, saying that the Netherlands was “the sixteenth economy in the world”. But, he added, the question of whether the Netherlands had the right to take part had not been resolved. The French president had less sympathy for Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers and prime minister of Luxembourg, who has not been invited. “Washington is not a meeting of finance ministers”, Sarkozy said. Juncker argued during the summit for the eurozone members to be represented by a single figure in international financial bodies like the G7. But he admitted that he had not received much active support. “The answer was not negative, there was no answer. Those who were in favour did not say it and those who are against did not repeat their opposition,” he said. “This does not prevent me from repeating this call on every single occasion.”He added: “We Europeans are too numerous, it is better to be represented by fewer people.” G20 summitThe 20 countries invited to attend the summit in Washington, DC on 15 November are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, the United States. The European Commission is also invited.last_img read more

David Shaw Of The Revivalists Delivers Intimate Acoustic Show To Open Big River Get Down [Photos/Video]

first_imgDavid Shaw of The Revivalists kicked off his annual Big River Get Down in his hometown of Hamilton, OH on Friday with a solo acoustic VIP performance billed as “An Evening with David Shaw” at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts.Ahead of the intimate solo show, Shaw paid a visit to his former teacher, Mrs. Whitt, at the local Highland Elementary School.David Shaw Visits His Fourth Grade TeacherThe intimate show saw Shaw work through a number of favorites from The Revivalists’ catalog in addition to a handful of covers like The Bee Gees‘ “To Love Somebody”. Shaw also welcomed fellow Big River Get Down performer Neal Francis to join him onstage for “Nobody Knows” and fellow members of The Revivalists, Zack Feinberg and Michael Girardot, for a number of songs to close the set.David Shaw – “To Love Somebody” [The Bee Gees cover][Video: Cynthia Robidoux]The main Big River Get Down festivities will take place today, Saturday, September 6th, at RiversEdge Amphitheatre featuring a headlining performance by The Revivalists in addition to sets bt The War And Treaty, Brent Cobb, Southern Avenue, Neal Francis, and Chris Gelbuda.The annual festival, which has morphed into a national destination for The Revivalists’ fans across the country, is a way for Shaw to give something back to a community that has given so much. This year marks the fifth anniversary of Big River Get Down and the eighth consecutive year The Revivalists will perform at RiversEdge. In 2017, Hamilton’s City Council adopted a law honorarily changing the name of the city to “JAM!LTON” and appointing David Shaw as Mayor of JAM!LTON on an annual basis during Big River Get Down.For Shaw, hosting Big River Get Down in his hometown is about more than just the music; it’s an effort to make the City of Hamilton an even better place to live, work, and play. “Being able to come back to my hometown and host an event like this is something I’ve always dreamed of doing since I started playing music,” Shaw shared in a press release. “It’s exciting to see people from all over the country coming to my hometown to share this experience with us. The Big River Get Down is also a great way for me to give something back to a community that has given me so much. Hamilton has made great strides over the past several years, and I’m thrilled this event can lend a hand in the City’s ongoing renaissance.”Tickets to Saturday’s festivities at RiversEdge Amphitheatre are still available here.Check out a gallery of photos from the intimate David Shaw acoustic performance below via photographer Ron Valle.David Shaw (Solo Acoustic) | Fitton Center For Creative Arts | Hamilton, OH | 9/6/19 | Photos: Ron Valle Load remaining imageslast_img read more