first_img Brad James Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Saturday, Weber State football (9-3, 7-1 in Big Sky Conference play) hosts the Kennesaw State Owls (11-2, 5-1 in Big South Conference play) in the second round of the FCS playoffs for a 1:00 pm kickoff at Stewart Stadium.The Wildcats are the No. 3 seed in the FCS playoffs while the unseeded Owls got to this point by downing Wofford 28-14 last Saturday at Spartanburg, S.C.This is the fourth consecutive season Weber State is playing in the FCS playoffs and the eighth time in school history.In his sixth season at the helm, Wildcats head coach Jay Hill is 45-29 (.608).Weber State comes into Saturday’s game averaging 30 points per game, tying them for 42nd nationally in scoring offense with Brown.Junior signal-caller Jake Constantine completed 63.5 percent of his passes (165-260) for 1,733 yards, 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions during the regular season for Weber State.Sophomore tailback Josh Davis is the Wildcats’ leading rusher (155 car, 1,015 yards [26th nationally], 10 touchdown runs on 6.5 yards per carry [11th nationally]).Redshirt freshman tailback Kris Jackson ran for a team-best 10 scores during the regular season for the Wildcats.Sophomore receiver Devon Cooley (49 rec, 577 yards, 4 TD’s) is the Wildcats’ overall leading receiver with junior wide-out David Ames (43 rec, 515 yards, 3 TD’s) and sophomore receiver Ty MacPherson (26 rec, 404 yards, 3 TD’s; a team-best 15.5 yards per reception) all bolstering the squad’s receiving corps.Junior kicker Trey Tuttle made 20 of his 24 field goal attempts and 38 of his 41 PAT attempts on the regular season.The Wildcats rank 21st nationally in scoring defense, surrendering 21 points per game.Sophomore linebacker Noah Vaea leads the squad in tackles with 71.Junior defensive lineman Jared Schiess, a Manti High School product, leads the Wildcats in tackles for loss with 10.5, while redshirt sophomore defensive lineman George Tarlas leads the squad in sacks, with 8.Freshman cornerback Ja’Kobe Harris has a team-best 3 interceptions while redshirt freshman corner-back Eddie Heckard and sophomore corner-back Marque Collins have 5 pass breakups apiece for the Wildcats.Tarlas and junior safety Preston Smith are tied for the team lead with three forced fumbles apiece.The Owls are coached by Brian Bohannon who is 47-14 (.770) in his fourth season at the helm of the program.Kennesaw State ranks fifth nationally in scoring offense, scoring 39.2 points per game.The Owls primarily run the ball as they have amassed 4,509 rushing yards on the season which ranks first nationally. The Owls also average a national-best 346.8 yards on the ground per game.Sophomore quarterback Jonathan Murphy is a newcomer to the Owls’ starting lineup, but he ran for 206 yards and 3 scores in the first-round win over the Terriers.Senior tailback Bronson Rechsteiner (103 car, 870 yards, 7 TD’s) is Kennesaw State’s leading rusher. Sophomore back Isaac Foster (34 car, 506 yards, 4 TD’s) has also been solid for the Owls in the running game.Junior tailback Shaquil Terry is the Owls’ leading receiver (15 rec, 370 yards, 5 TD’s).Kennesaw State ranks 9th nationally in scoring defense, surrendering 18.2 points per contest.Junior linebacker Bryson Armstrong leads the Owls in tackles (85), tackles for a loss (11.5) and is tied for the lead in forced fumbles (2) with junior defensive back Bryson Perry and junior defensive lineman Peyton Moore.Senior defensive lineman Desmond Johnson Jr. leads Kennesaw State in sacks (7) and tackles for a loss (16).Freshman defensive back Markeith Montgomery leads the Owls in interceptions (3).The Wildcats and Owls have never met in their respective programs’ histories. December 2, 2019 /Sports News – Local Weber State Football Hosts Kennesaw State In FCS Playoffs Saturday Tags: Kennesaw State Football/Weber State Footballlast_img read more

first_imgDear Friend,Our state is home to nearly 500,000 small businesses that employ more than 1.2 million Hoosiers. Indiana’s economy depends on our friends, family and neighbors who embrace the entrepreneurial spirit by starting their own business.As consumers, we can do our part by shopping at locally owned businesses. On Saturday, Nov. 26, the nation will be celebrating Small Business Saturday to recognize and support small businesses.Click here to find local shops to check out. You can help promote Small Business Saturday on Twitter by clicking here.Indiana also offers INBiz, a one-stop resource for small-business owners. Whether you want to start a new business, register a company name or file required paperwork, INBiz can help you along the way. The Indiana Department of Revenue also offers the New and Small Business Education Center to help small-business owners better understand state laws, the tax-filing process and what services are available to help as your business grows.Small businesses in our community bring jobs, innovation and progress to our state, and they deserve our support.Sincerely,State Rep. Wendy McNamaraFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgMaple Leaf Foods’ UK bakery business was one of the star performers highlighted by senior executives of its parent company, as it announced third-quarter results for the Canadian-based food giant last week.Michael McCain, president and chief executive, said that improved bakery results had been “mostly driven by improved performance in our frozen bakery and the UK bakery as a result of successive acquisitions in that market”.Maple Leaf UK, acquired premium breads supplier La Fornaia in an £18.75 million deal in August. McCain said the company was “very excited” about the acquisition and that it would enable it to continue to “perform very well”.He added: “We’ve had both high levels of organic growth and contribution from acquisitions that continue to drive the results in the UK bakery business.” He said the recent acquisition of the French Croissant Company had also given Maple Leaf a leading share of the UK ambient croissant market.Reporting an operating earnings increase of 14% to $39m over three months, McCain warned that rising wheat prices – up 75% in four months and up 49% year-on-year – had created “significant volatility”. He said that this affected the flour cost in its fresh and frozen bakery and pasta businesses. This type of environmental volatility is unprecedented in our industry and our business,” added McCain.Maple Leaf UK is a division of Canada Bread Company, which is 88% owned by Maple Leaf Foods. It won Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by ADM, at British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards 2007.last_img read more

first_imgDistance, steep ticket prices and a potentially hostile environment were not enough to keep some devoted fans from planning a trip to Norman this Saturday to witness a top-10 football clash between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Junior Peter Roemholdt said he is willing to endure the 30-hour roundtrip drive from South Bend in order to experience the renowned atmosphere at Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. “The atmosphere is going to be electric,” Roehmholdt said. “I bet it’s going to be extremely loud, and especially if it’s a close game, it should be quite the experience.” Junior John Garry, who is traveling as part of the Notre Dame Marching Band, said he also is excited to support the team and be there for one of the most important games since the 2005 Notre Dame-USC showdown. Despite having to leave on Thursday and drive through the night, Garry said being a part of this game is still more than worth it. “It’s going to be rowdy, it’s going to be crazy,” Garry said. “[ESPN’s] ‘College Gameday’ will be there, so take what happened on our campus and multiply it. It should be a good day to be a college football fan.” Roehmholdt said he is also looking forward to getting a taste of the Oklahoma tailgating culture before the game. “The tailgating will be great,” Roehmholdt said. “A lot of these big schools pride themselves on their tailgates and pregame parties almost more than being at the game itself.” Garry said band members won’t have much time for activities before the game, occupied by a pep rally and with preparation for their halftime performance. “Basically we’re just there to be at the game,” Garry said. “Performing will be fun. Oklahoma fans are some of the rowdiest in the nation, so it will be great to get out there and be on the field for that.” Despite being behind enemy lines as a Notre Dame supporter, Roehmholdt said he is not concerned about having to deal with potentially abusive or belligerent Oklahoma fans. “It’s an 8:00 [p.m.] game, people will have been tailgating for a while so I’m sure there will be some rowdy individuals, but it will be fine,” Roehmholdt said. “I can handle a few ‘Notre Dame sucks.’” Garry said he expects the crowd environment to be intense due to the implications of the game, yet not as hostile as the atmosphere of Michigan. “The Notre Dame-Oklahoma rivalry isn’t quite as heated as other rivalries, and Sooner fans are known for being incredibly courteous outside the stadium,” Garry said. “Once you get inside the stadium, it will be a different story. Overall, Roehmholdt said he anticipates the trip will be one of the highlights of his time at Notre Dame. “At the end of the day you’re not going to remember the homework and the tests, you’re going to remember the experiences you had at Oklahoma for the biggest game in Notre Dame history for a long time,” Roehmholdt said. Contact Dan Brombach at [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgA burglary occurred at a student residence in the 400 block of N. Frances Street last week, according to an email from the Off Campus Council sent Saturday. The email stated that the crime took place between 3 p.m. on Nov. 26 and 2 p.m. Dec. 1. The burglar gained entry by unknown means, there were no signs of force and the house’s rear door was found unlocked.   Two flat screen televisions, an Xbox 360, an unknown amount of U. S. currency and an iPad mini were taken, the email stated. Suspect information is not available. For more information on crime prevention and ways to reduce the risk of crime, the Off Campus Council said students should visit the Notre Dame Security Police website or consult the live crime map of Notre Dame, South Bend and Mishawaka available at www.crimereports.comlast_img read more

first_imgImage by the Audubon Community Nature Center.JAMESTOWN – Three and a half years ago, naturalist and Jamestown native Mark Baldwin moved to the shores of Malaren, Sweden’s third largest freshwater lake, near Stockholm, Sweden. Officials from the Audobon Community Nature Center (ACNC) say he has been exploring the forests and fields of the area ever since.In the comfort of viewers’ own home, on Friday, January 8, 2021, 11 a.m.-noon, Baldwin will share stories and lessons in natural history from his Swedish journey, taking them on a virtual tour of “The Nature of Sweden,” a First Friday presentation of Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC).Baldwin spent his early years and most of his career in Jamestown. He now teaches science in an urban middle school and spends as much time as possible with his wife Ardy and their family, enjoying the forest near their home. With a BS in biology and secondary education from SUNY Fredonia and Master of Science in Teaching from Antioch University, he taught middle school and high school science in Alaska, Vermont and New York.For more than 25 years, Baldwin was an educator and naturalist at Jamestown’s Roger Tory Peterson Institute, where he worked with teachers throughout the country to create place-based methods of teaching and learning with a focus on the outdoors and the natural world. In 2014, he received the ACNC Chairman’s Award for exemplary service in nature education.The fee for this opportunity is $8 or $6 for Nature Center members.This program will be hosted online on Zoom. Register up to an hour before the program by going to and clicking on “Register for a Program.” You will be sent a zoom meeting code when you register to attend this virtual program.Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. The first floor of the Nature Center building, including the Blue Heron Gift Shop, live animals, and the 2020 Nature Photography Contest winning photographs, is open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Because not all of the building is accessible, admission is by donation only.People are welcome to visit the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily. While practicing safe social distancing measures, you can enjoy the grounds and six miles of trails, and view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Windham Foundation, one of Vermont’s largest foundations, has awarded nine Vermont non-profit organizations $70,000 in grants in its fourth grant cycle for fiscal year 2006. It also pledged a $100,000 donation to the University of Vermonts Rubinstein School of Natural Resources.Windham Foundation is an exempt foundation whose mission is to undertake and support historic restoration and preservation throughout the state of Vermont, as well as to develop projects and support charities to benefit the welfare of Vermonters. One of the ways it supports this mission is through its grants program.Every quarter, grants are awarded to non-profit organizations primarily in the areas of social services, the arts and education with active programs that focus on the needs and quality of life in Vermont, its citizens and its communities. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $10 million in funding to hundreds of non-profits across Vermont.The following organizations are the Foundation’s recipients for this quarter:Champlain Islands Parent Child Center, Grand Isle, Grand IsleFunding for a family literacy program in the Grand Isle region.Child Care Fund of Vermont, Bennington, E. DorsetFunding for the Vermont Community Preschool Collaborative project, providing high quality preschool programs in the State; this project will specifically benefit the Brattleboro area.Compass School, Windham, WestminsterFunding for the Global Connections Youth Program, an educational program designed to better understand diverse cultures and communities. This program will focus on communities in Northern Mexico.Intervale Center, Chittenden, BurlingtonFunding for a two-year project to identify sustainable marketplace links between Vermont farmers and consumers.Right Foot, Inc., Windsor, SpringfieldFunding for the Life Skills Prevention and Education Program for this youth center aimed at 11-18 year olds.Townshend Historical Society, Windham, TownshendFunding for restoration to historic documents and books.United Way of Windham County, Windham, BrattleboroGrant for the organization’s Youth Initiative project which aims to empower youth through a variety of community programs.Vermont Academy, Windham, Saxtons RiverFunding for the private high school’s Vermont Environs Community Mapping Project, where students learn about Geographic Information Systems and Global Positioning Systems and produce educational materials and maps for the community.T.W. Wood Gallery and Art Center, Washington, MontpelierFunding for a comprehensive marketing and publicity plan to increase visitors to the year-round exhibitions at one of the oldest art galleries in Vermont.The Windham Foundation has also pledged a gift of $100,000 to the University of Vermont to assist with the environmentally sound design and expansion of the university’s Aiken Center, which houses the Rubinstein School of Natural Resources. The grant will be given over two years, with $50,000 payable this year and the remaining dollars given by the end of 2007.”The Windham Foundation was an early supporter of UVMs Aiken Center,” explained Stephan Morse, Windham Foundation President and CEO. “And as a foundation that works to help preserve Vermont’s natural resources, we feel that continued support of the Rubenstein School of Natural Resources in the Aiken Center will not only benefit the students of that school, but also Vermonters at large.”Detailed information on applying for a Windham Foundation grant in the 2007 fiscal year can be found on its website at is external).The Windham Foundation, established in 1963, is a not-for-profit organization located in Grafton, Vt. The Foundation is the parent company of The Old Tavern, Grafton Village Cheese Company and the Grafton Village Nursery in Grafton and the Retreat Farm in Brattleboro. As an operating foundation, it uses much of the annual earned income from the subsidiaries to fund its charitable programs.Media contact:Melissa Gullotti, 802-843-2211, [email protected](link sends e-mail) is external)last_img read more

first_imgWhen the residential real estate bubble burst a decade ago, many people’s dreams of homeownership deflated as well. Increasingly, though, renters are looking to become buyers, suggests Daniel Sugg, chief mortgage lending officer at Michigan First Credit Union, that serves homeowners across the state. The CU offers mortgages through Michigan First Mortgage, a credit union service organization. Sugg recently shared insights on marketing mortgages.Q: How’s business?Sugg: With mortgage rates sitting at near historic lows, we are seeing more people—especially millennials—gravitating toward the idea of buying a home. Rental rates are high right now, making homeownership more affordable. We are seeing this trend unfold in areas such as Detroit and Grand Rapids, but we have also experienced significant growth in the Lansing and Livingston County markets as well. Editor’s note: The Fed raised rates in March and is expected to do so as many as three times in 2017. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgLærernes said it had a solid level of reserves and was easily able to manage the Danish FSA’s various stress tests, which made it possible to take more risk with investments and therefore get higher returns.“The investment strategy for the next few years involves the company continuing to be able to invest in sectors where it is possible to make a good profit,” the pension fund said.Before Christmas, the pension fund set an account dividend of 5.61% for 2017, it said, adding that costs had been lowered again and now amounted to 1.25% of contributions.But it warned of lower returns this year.“We don’t expect to get the same high level of return in 2017,” it said, “so the return from 2016 will help to ensure that the teachers are able to have a good account dividend in the next few years as well.” Danish labour-market pension fund Lærernes Pension said it made an 11.3% return on investments last year but warned that its assets were unlikely to be as profitable this current year.Reporting preliminary return figures just days after the close of the year, the DKK70bn (€9.4bn) pension fund for teachers said emerging market investments in particular boosted the 2016 result.The pension fund said: “There have been gains in virtually all investment sectors, but particularly emerging markets stood out, with a high equities return.”The fund also said its asset managers did better in this sector than the market in general.last_img read more

first_imgThe government has proposed two main measures. David Gauke, secretary of state for work and pensionsIt wants to drop the lower age limit for auto-enrolment to 18, from 22.This would introduce some 900,000 young people to the benefit of workplace pension saving and would add £770m to total annual pension savings in 2020/2021, it said. The period represents the first full year after forthcoming phased increases to contribution rates.The government also wants to scrap the lower earnings limit (LEL) to make every penny earned pensionable. Currently, individuals contributing to pensions through auto-enrolment do not pay contributions on the first £5,876 of their earnings.According to the government, removing the LEL would bring an extra £2.6bn into pension saving.The government also plans to review contribution levels once the 8% contribution rate is implemented in 2019.It also planned to test different ways – “targeted interventions” – to support the self-employed saving for their retirement. Around 4.8 million individuals, or 15% of the UK workforce, currently classified themselves as being self-employed, according to the government.Since 2012, when auto-enrolment was launched, workplace pension participation in the public and private sectors has increased from a low of 55% in 2012 to 78% in 2016, according to the government.However, its latest review of the policy estimated there were still around 12 million individuals not saving enough for their retirement, representing 38% of the working age population.The secretary of state for work and pensions, David Gauke, said: “We are committed to enabling more people to save while they are working, so that they can enjoy greater financial security when they retire.“We know the world of work is changing, so it is only right that pension saving does too. This ambitious package will see more people than ever before helped onto the path towards building a secure retirement.”“The proposed pace of change is shockingly lethargic” Sir Steve Webb, director of policy at Royal London and former pensions ministerThere were varied reactions from the pensions industry.Graham Vidler, director of external affairs at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, said the new measures, plus the commitment to review contributions after 2019, marked “real progress”.It was “vitally important” to get more self-employed people saving for their retirement, he added, citing figures showing that the number of self-employed people who contributed to a pension scheme fell from 1.1 million to 380,000 between 2001 and 2015.Sir Steve Webb, director of policy at Royal London and former pensions minister, said the government’s review contained some “great ideas”, but the proposed pace of change was “shockingly lethargic”.“Talking about having reforms in place by the mid 2020s risks leaving a whole generation of workers behind,” he said. “Those who never got to join a final salary pension and who have only recently come into pensions through automatic enrolment need urgent action to help them build up a decent pension pot.” From the perspective of businesses, however, the reform schedule was welcome.Neil Carberry, managing director at the Confederation of British Industry, said it was right to let the first phase of auto-enrolment policy bed in before further changes were made.“A timeline of the mid-2020s for new proposals would be sensible and enjoy business support,” he said.But he said that taking steps sooner rather than later to encourage more pension saving among the self-employed was the right approach.For the federation of British trade unions, the government review was “a mixed bag”.TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said it was positive that pension contributions would increase, but that too many low-paid workers would still not be covered by a workplace pension. The UK government has proposed expanding auto-enrolment to capture younger workers and more earnings.It has said the measures combined would increase pension saving by just over £3.8bn (€4.3bn).It wants to implement the proposed changes in the mid-2020s, subject to discussions with stakeholders around the detailed design in 2018/19 and a subsequent formal consultation with a view to introducing legislation.Its proposals are the outcome of the Department for Work and Pension’s review of automatic enrolment, which the government said confirmed the policy’s “harnessing of inertia” had worked.last_img read more