Take extra steps to retain top talent

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Details In our industry, we talk a lot about “table stakes”— things that credit unions have to do just to be in the game.For example, many credit unions offer a mobile banking app. Although they may never get an award for having the very best one out there, they know having a pretty good one is table stakes for members doing business with them. On top of this, many credit unions take extra steps—such as providing exceptional service and getting deeply involved with their communities—to ensure they’re off and running toward building a solid brand.How credit unions can effectively recruit, retain and reward top talent runs parallel to this payments example. While credit unions can’t offer their executives the lucrative stock options or the premium salaries that big banks do, CUs can and must get the table stakes of compensation right—and then take some key extra steps to create a culture that demonstrates that top talent is valued highly.Getting the table stakes of compensation right includes confidentially sharing your CU’s current compensation data in the CUES Executive Compensation Survey and the CUES Employee Salary Survey. Both are open for participation through March 31.These compensation surveys report key data credit unions need to help them offer competitive compensation that will attract and retain qualified professionals. The executive survey features questions related to wage, bonus and benefits information for 21 leadership roles; the employee survey focuses on pay range and actual wages currently paid for a wide range of staff positions.“Credit unions that participate help by giving the industry valid data to rely on,” says Laura Lynch, products & services manager at CUES. “And, credit unions that access the results will have credible data to use to make sure their compensation packages are competitive—which is especially important right now, given today’s tight job market.”Because getting compensation right is so important, CUES sweetens the pot and gives a 20% discount to credit unions purchasing the survey results if they contributed data during the participation period—and CUES Unlimited+ members get access to compensation reports at no cost. Plus, CUES makes it easy for credit unions that have previously participated to update their information.I encourage you to participate now and later get the data from our executive and employee surveys. Then take some extra steps to ensure your compensation offerings in 2020 and beyond help you build the best possible team in your shop.For example, credit unions that want to go the distance in this area can put in place a supplemental executive retirement plan. These plans, including those offered by CUESolutions platinum provider CUNA Mutual Group, are designed to help recruit, retain and reward CEOs and other key executives. Another option is to be proactive in managing the costs of offering outstanding benefits to all staff, such as by establishing a pre-funding program.In all, when your credit union takes care of the table stakes and then the extra steps that will create an outstanding compensation program, both your organization and its members will benefit.last_img read more

$3,500 is top check when IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour travels to Hancock County for Salute to Veterans show

first_imgBRITT, Iowa (June 23) – The Hawkeye Dirt Tour returns to Britt and five IMCA divisions see on-track action at Hancock County Speedway’s Salute To Veterans special on Tuesday, June 28.Touring Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds race for $3,500 to win their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier while the runner-up earns $1,600. Fourteen hundred dollars will be paid for third, $1,200 for fourth and $1,000 for fifth.Hancock County is the only track to have hosted an HDT event every year since the series started in 2010. Next Tuesday’s show will be the seventh tour event held at Britt.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for $2,000 to win, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks both for $1,500 and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $200.Winners in all divisions receive six-foot-tall trophies and those with perfect attendance this season at Britt get $500 bonuses as well.Second in the Stock Car main pays $1,200 with $1,000 for third. SportMod and Hobby Stock runners-up get $800, with $600 paid for third. All divisions will be draw/redraw and all applicable points, including local track points, will be awarded.Spectator admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12. Family passes are $40 and pit passes are $30. All veterans and their spouses receive free admission to the grandstand that evening.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. The draw closes at 6:30 p.m. and hot laps start at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.More information is available by calling 515 320-0066 or 641-843-9080 on race day, and at the www.hcspeedway.com website. Parts, tires and fuel will be available at the track or by calling 515 341-2232.A fireworks display follows the race program. The event is sponsored by Bayer Crop Science and Mike and Barb Schroeder, Lone Rock & L.G. Seeds.Grundy Center’s Joel Rust won the first two Hawkeye Dirt Tour features of the season before Brian Irvine of Oelwein and Chris Abelson of Sioux City followed with victories of their own. Abelson took over the series point lead with his checkered flag run at West Liberty Raceway on June 14.Hawkeye Dirt Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, 144; 2. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, 140; 3. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, 121; 4. Brian Irvine, Oelwein, and Kyle Brown, State Center, both 118; 6. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, 112; 7. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 105; 8. Mark Elliott, Webster City, 103; 9. David Brown, Kellogg, 96; 10. Jacob Murray, Hartford, 76; 11. Tom Berry Jr., Boone, 74; 12. Tim Ward, Harcourt, 69; 13. Kurt Kile, Nichols, 64; 14. Ryan Maitland, Waterloo, 61; 15. Mike Van Genderen, Newton, 60; 16. Nick Roberts, LaCrosse, Wis., Joe Docekal, Dysart, and Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, each 58; 19. Shane DeMey, Denison, 51; 20. Dakota Hayden, Wilton, and Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup, both 48.last_img read more

Super Falcons Round off with Sweet Win over Thailand

first_imgCYPRUS INVITATIONAL TOURNEYThe Super Falcons have ended their participation in the Cyprus Women’s Cup with a commanding 3-0 win over Thailand – one of the 24 countries that will take part in this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup finals.Forward Asisat Oshoala scored her second goal of the tournament in the 23rd minute to open the floodgate, before defender Onome Ebi made it two for Nigeria five minutes later. Anam Imo, who also scored Nigeria’s winning goal in the 4-3 defeat of Slovakia on Friday last week, got Nigeria’s third in the 74th minute to seal the victory. The Falcons had edged Slovakia in an interesting encounter on Friday, with goals from Rita Chikwelu (who made a brace), Osinachi Ohale and Imo. On Monday, the nine –time African champions lost 0-1 to Belgium.Nigeria had opened her campaign in the annual tournament with a 1-4 loss to Austria, but Coach Thomas Dennerby said he was happy with the team’s output in the remaining games as the Falcons continued their preparations for another World Cup appearance.“We lost to Austria but we recovered well against Slovakia, and if we had put away the chances we had after scoring our third goal, there would have been no way for them to equalize. A good thing that we won in the end.“I am happy that we were able to come here and participate in this tournament. The lessons are good for the team, just like we also learnt a lot at the tournament in China.”At the China Tournament, the Falcons lost 0-3 to China’s Steel Roses but then lashed Romania 4-1 in their second and final game in Meizhou.The Nigeria Football Federation and Coach Dennerby are presently studying a number of invitations from some other countries qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, with a view to deciding which teams the Falcons should still confront before the finals.The 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals will take place in France, 7th June – 7th July 2019.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Falcons last_img read more

Solid debut for KaTropa

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “To be honest, we didn’t really know what to expect going into the game because, of course, we prioritized rest over practice,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, whose team lost to San Miguel Beer in six games in the Commissioner’s Cup Finals.“And we really didn’t know what to expect from our import. But I think the earlier we could learn to play with each other, and with the import, the better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Star also had little trouble in prolonging another team’s misery as it frustrated Alaska, 101-92, in the other game.The Hotshots improved to 2-0 while extending Alaska’s losing streak to 11 games dating back to the Commissioner’s Cup. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO CITY—TNT didn’t begin the PBA Governors’ Cup as early as the other teams but it went straight to work in turning back Kia, 106-96, Friday at Ynares Sports Centre here.The KaTropa started their conference more than a week after the Governors’ Cup opened and immediately tacked on a 1-0 card while the Picanto languished at the bottom of the standings with a 0-3 record.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READ Air Force eyes semis anew Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Malcolm Hill had a team-high 28 points to lead the Hotshots while Paul Lee added 18 points and five assists.Despite playing its first game, TNT KaTropa’s control of the game never seemed to be in peril.Although TNT lost a 12-point lead, 95-83, when Kia mounted an 8-1 run to cut the margin to 96-91 at the 3:40 mark of the fourth, the Texters were quick to regain control of the situation.TNT built another double-digit lead, 104-94, when Troy Rosario converted on a breakaway layup with 1:09 left in the game.Michael Craig made a splash in his first game in the conference with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists to lead TNT while Rosario finished with a double-double of 18 points and 10 boards.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

New body to empower South African women

first_imgThe local branch of the multi-nationalBusiness and Professional Women willstrive to ensure that women get moreopportunities in the business world.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Toni GomesPresident, BPW South Africa+27 11 794 4991 or +27 83 212 9134 RELATED ARTICLES • SA women leaders unite for change • Women’s Month launched in SA • Women gain power, vote by vote • Clinton makes her mark in SA• SA’s women power aheadApril McAlisterThe local chapter of the international organisation Business and Professional Women (BPW), a fairly new entity in South Africa, is set to launch a national campaign to bring about change in business principles and the Companies Act so that women will have more of a say in decision- and policy-making, and be better equipped for their respective roles.BPW has had consultative status with the UN through the Economic and Social Council since 1947. At present there are a total of 21 members serving as representatives at the UN and its subsidiary organs, specialised agencies and related organisations.It has 90 branches in 80 countries throughout the world and assisted the UN in the promotion of its Women’s Empowerment Principles, a joint initiative of the United Nations Fund for the Development of Women and the UN Global Compact (UNGC).Subtitled Equality Means Business, these principles offer guidance on empowering women in the work situation, marketplace and community.The Department of Trade and Industry’s South African Women’s Entrepreneurial Network and BPW signed a memorandum of understanding in November 2010 and, together with the UNGC, will collaborate on projects pertaining to the empowerment of women.These include a register of women who are ready to sit on boards but have been overlooked, certification for businesses owned by women, and corporate governance training for women-owned businesses, particularly the small to medium enterprises. The DTI will give its accreditation to all courses.In a letter to BPW, UNCG’s executive director Georg Kell commended the organisation and expressed his hopes that equality for women in business would become one of its priorities.The Equality Means Business initiative will launch officially in South Africa on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2011. Download a booklet on the campaign (PDF, 365KB).Smashing the glass ceilingAt the fourth conference of the Alexandria Businesswomen Association in Egypt in October, BPW South Africa president Toni Gomes gave a presentation on the forthcoming national Equality Means Business campaign. Women at the event also took the opportunity to exchange new trends and methodologies.“As a delegate at the Alexandrian conference,” said Gomes, “I was enthralled at the work being done for women’s empowerment in the Arab countries.”She added, “The majority of Arabic women are in fact highly qualified businesswomen and professionals who hold very senior positions in the workplace.”Gomes believes that, despite the differences in culture, South Africa can learn a tremendous amount from Arab countries on advancing women in the business world.She recently returned from Berlin where she attended the inaugural International Businesswomen Forum. Here she presented a paper on women’s empowerment and spoke on the BPW’s upcoming campaign.As a registered non-profit organisation, BPW South Africa is looking for sponsorship to ensure sustainability. Once the campaign is launched, corporate partners may choose one or more principles with which to work toward their common goals.Representatives from BPW and Internationale Weiterbildung und Entwicklung gGmbH, a government funding agency in Germany, have met for discussions but have not disclosed the amount of funding, if any.Exchange of ideasIn April 2010, prominent women from Germany, South East Asia, Egypt and Southern Africa attended the North Rhine-Westphalian Businesswomen’s Convention held in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The prevalent Icelandic volcanic ash and its effects did not deter the women, who made alternate arrangements to get to the venue and were able to exchange new ideas for developing their own conferences.An international strategic workshop also took place, where the delegates discussed how to maximise the economic potential of women, among other important topics. Internationally there is a growing awareness of how the role of women as entrepreneurs can influence political stability and economic development.The World Bank, UN and the International Labour Organisation have programmes in place which focus on starting a small business and getting access to micro-credit. The push now is to develop strategies to strengthen the economic role of women entrepreneurs.Women’s Empowerment Principles:Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality;Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination;Ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all women and men workers;Promote education, training and professional development for women;Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women;Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy;Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. 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HI and IHF agree “in principle” on merger

first_imgAfter squabbling for long over who should run the game in the country, Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation appeared to be heading towards a merger with both the federations agreeing “in principle” to form a unified body.The Sports Ministry had proposed a merger plan and had asked both HI and IHF to furnish their views on it, while also warning of stern action against both the bodies if they fail to do so.HI had already replied agreeing to most of the Ministry proposal while the IHF had sought time till Tuesday to give their views.IHF president RK Shetty with HI secretary Narinder Batra.The IHF on Tuesday submitted its reply to the Ministry proposal and its president R K Shetty said it has agreed to most of the merger provisions.A meeting was to be held between HI and IHF on Tuesday but did not happen. Some IHF office bearers though had a meeting with Ministry officials.”We had sought time till today to give reply to the Ministry proposal. We have submitted our reply today. We have in principle agreed that there should be a unified body,” Shetty said.”We were to have a meeting with HI today but it could not be held as they had some prior engagements. But we had a meeting with Ministry officials. The Ministry gave us a lot of confidence on the merger issue. It’s a positive step,” he said.A Ministry source said that the response from the IHF was a positive one and merger issue could be settled in a week’s time.advertisement”IHF has submitted their reply. It was a positive response from the IHF. We are hoping that the merger issue would be sorted out in a week’s time,” the source said.In the merger proposal, the Ministry has asked HI to increase its executive board strength and include all the current IHF office bearers in it.The ministry has asked HI to make former IHF president KPS Gill as the life-time patron of the merged body and also appoint an IHF office-bearer as a senior vice-president.- With inputs from PTIFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

London Olympics: Moment of pride for India and the archers

first_imgThe London Olympics are a key event for Indian archery as the team has gone with a lot of expectations. Deepika Kumari has, of course, caught the country’s imagination with her performances over the last couple of years. Apart from her in the individual event, the men’s and women’s teams are in with a good chance of a medal.During my time too, there were expectations when we went for the Olympics. At Beijing 2008, we were in good form but ran into the Chinese in the first round itself. The vociferous home crowd got to the less experienced members of the team and we lost the match after taking an early lead.However, this time the players are full of confidence as they have posted good scores consistently. The men’s team had to wait till the last possible opportunity to make the cut, but the manner in which they qualified was highly impressive.My brother Rahul had to compete with borrowed equipment, but the team overcame all the problems to seal a spot.On the women’s side, Deepika compensates for her lack of Olympic experience with confidence. Bombayla has competed at this level and while Chekrovolu Swuro has not been to the Olympics before, her recent scores have been very good.The team has also reached London several days in advance and, though some of the members were under the weather for the first few days, they are feeling much better now.The Olympics comes once every four years and everyone wants to do their best. There is pressure no doubt and whosoever deals with it better will come out on top.advertisementTarundeep Rai did not make the men’s team at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, and only competed in the individual event. But he got into rhythm and clinched a silver medal, which none of us expected. So anyone can rise to the occasion.An Olympic medal raises the profile for a sport in India, and we have not had too many medalists. Shooting has gained a lot after Abhinav Bindra won a gold medal in Beijing. A medal also brings in government support and corporate backing.The archery competition begins on Friday with the ranking round and it will provide a pointer for things to come. If the Indians manage to finish among the top four, they will get a bye and move directly into the quarter-finals.Personally for me, it is a matter of great pride for me that my brother will be competing at the Olympics. We endured a lot of tension before he finally made it. The Olympics are above all other competitions and I am going to London to see up close how he performs.(The writer is a two-time Olympian and Arjuna awardee)last_img read more

The 2015 ACC-Big Ten Challenge Matchups, Ranked

first_imgacc big ten challenge logo.Twitter/@TheBuckeyeNut Twitter/@TheBuckeyeNutTwitter/@TheBuckeyeNutThe 14 matchups of this year’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge were released today, and as expected, there are plenty of good, and a number of ugly games ahead of us this winter. We get an old conference rivalry revival between perhaps the two preseason favorites in the two leagues, UNC and Maryland, an Elite Eight rematch between Louisville and Michigan State, and a blue blood showdown between Duke and Indiana. There’s also Virginia Tech vs. Northwestern, which probably won’t have neutral fans quite as excited. In all, every team from the two leagues, save for Georgia Tech, is involved, and these games always bring a lot of intrigue. Here is our ranking of the entire challenge:14. Boston College vs. Penn State: Twitter/@PennStateMBBTwitter/@PennStateMBBJim Christian’s first year at Boston College (13-19, 4-14) wasn’t great by any standard, and things may not get any better in 2015-16. Olivier Hanlan, one of the team’s lone bright spots, is off to the NBA Draft. It seems unlikely that the Eagles make any significant noise in the coming year. They will host Penn State in this year’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge, making for a pretty uninspiring matchup. Like BC, Penn State loses its one bonafide star—D.J. Newbill—from last year’s team. Perhaps these two young teams can find more balance offensively and improve without their prodigious scorers, but we wouldn’t bet on it right now. This will be BC and Penn State’s third ACC-Big Ten Challenge showdown since 2011. The two programs split the first two of those matchups. If this game is as good as the 2014 Pinstripe Bowl between the two schools’ football programs, we’ll be in for a pleasant surprise.13. Rutgers vs. Wake Forest: Twitter/@TieDyeNationTwitter/@TieDyeNationRebuilding jobs in young coaching tenures is a common theme in the low-ranked games on our list, and that is definitely the case for Rutgers vs. Wake Forest. The Scarlet Knights knocked off national semifinalist Wisconsin on January 11, and proceeded to lose out the rest of the season, to finish a lowly 2-16 in conference and 10-22 overall. To compound matters, two of the team’s best players, Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack, are gone, leaving Eddie Jordan with a very lean roster in year three of his Rutgers tenure. Wake Forest is not an overly-talented team, but they were much more competitive in the ACC than Rutgers was in the Big Ten. They might not be a tournament team yet, but they will probably handle Rutgers in an uninspiring game at The RAC.12. Virginia Tech vs. Northwestern: Twitter/@PeteMorisTwitter/@PeteMorisThere’s a chance that this game is more fun than we’re giving it credit for by the time these two meet on the court, but for now, we have to keep the Hokies and Wildcats fairly low. Virginia Tech has been totally rebuilt under Buzz Williams, with a number of freshman receiving a lot of playing time in 2014-15, and a Top 30 recruiting class coming in, there is some hope for the hoops team in Blacksburg. Unfortunately for the Hokies, like BC and PSU, Tech is losing its top player Adam Smith to transfer, which won’t help matters in the near future. Northwestern is also playing better basketball under Chris Collins than it has in the past. Seven footer Alex Olah had a solid 2014-15, and should continue to improve, and Northwestern will be pairing him with four-star recruit Aaron Falzon in the frontcourt. We have to see more before we move a Hokies-Wildcats game up, but there is potential here.11. Minnesota vs. Clemson: Twitter/@ClemsonMBBTwitter/@ClemsonMBBThe Gophers and Tigers are far from the worst that their respective conferences have to offer, but this is a pretty boring match-up to be honest. Minnesota looked ready to turn a corner after winning the 2014 NIT, but instead slipped to a 6-12 Big Ten finish and 18-15 overall record. Clemson was a very solid defensive squad, but after losing K.J. McDaniels from the year before, the Tigers’ offense went in the tank. Jaron Blossomgame is an intriguing player, and Clemson had a few young guys like Donte Grantham step up last season, but we don’t envision them being an overly interesting team in 2015-16 as currently constructed.10. Nebraska vs. Miami: Twitter/@CanesWarningFSTwitter/@CanesWarningFSWe’re big fans of the jobs that both Jim Larranaga and Tim Miles have done at two schools that are traditionally football-focused, but we’re not sure that this game will be as good as it would have been a few seasons ago. Nebraska followed up a very promising NCAA Tournament season in 2013-14 with a disappointing one this past year, and now the Huskers lose top player Terran Petteway to the NBA. Miami, on the other hand, brings back a number of its best players, including guards Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan, and rim protector Tonye Jekiri. Miami should be a factor in the ACC this year, but it is yet to be seen if Nebraska will bounce back to where it was two years ago.9. Pittsburgh vs. Purdue: Twitter/@HailToPittHoopsTwitter/@HailToPittHoopsAfter losing early season games to teams like North Florida and Gardner Webb, all Purdue did was go 12-6 in a tough Big Ten to land itself in the NCAA Tournament. After a few down seasons following the very good Robbie Hummell, E’Twaun Moore teams, Matt Painter’s Boilermakers seem like they’ve shaken off the rust, and could be very good in 2014-15. A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas give Purdue a very strong frontcourt, which could still be further bolstered with a commitment from blue chip forward Caleb Swanigan, who recently decommitted from Michigan State. Pitt, which has one of the nation’s top programs in the 2000s, has been a fairly average club so far in the ACC. James Artis, James Robinson, and Michael Young are nice players, but this Purdue game could be a good indicator for whether or not Pitt will establish itself in the top half of the ACC in 2015-16.8. Iowa vs. Florida State: Twitter/@Seminoles_comTwitter/@Seminoles_comThis is the first match-up that should feature two NCAA Tournament contenders. Florida State has one of the biggest frontcourts you’ll see, with juniors Boris Bojanovsky and Michael Ojo returning, along with the arrival of Jean Marc Christ Koumadjie, the Monteverde Academy center who is listed by some at 7-foot-5. FSU also brings back star guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who made headlines last season when he dropped an unthinkable 30 points in the final 4:38 against Miami. Iowa is a pretty solid team as well, returning four starters from an NCAA Tournament team that blew out a solid Davidson squad in the 7 vs. 10 game before losing to Gonzaga. This may not be the sexiest matchup, at least by name, but these are two solid teams that should make for a good game.Next: The Top 7 ACC-Big Ten Matchups >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2last_img read more

Texas Coach Vance Bedford Goes On Rant About Tradition When Asked About Alternate Uniforms

first_imgThe Texas Longhorns football team running onto the field.STILLWATER, OK – OCTOBER 29: The Texas Longhorns run onto the field before a game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys October 29, 2005 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Last weekend against Kansas, Texas honored safety Freddie Steinmark, subject of the upcoming film My All-American, by wearing 1969 throwback uniforms.Texas wearing throwback uniforms as tribute to Freddie Steinmark. (via @Uniformswag) pic.twitter.com/YVnQnacZN0— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 8, 2015Texas is a program with a classic look that rarely veers from what works, but most were probably okay with these clean-looking throwbacks. When asked about other alternate uniforms that some teams go to, defensive coordinator Vance Bedford went on a long rant about traditional powers in college football, that many fans who don’t like wild uniforms will appreciate.Asked Texas DC Vance Bedford about alternate unis today. His 600-word answer addressed a whole lot more. pic.twitter.com/q2mdv5UVkp— Max Olson (@max_olson) November 11, 2015We don’t think Bedford will be looking for a job at Oregon any time soon.last_img read more

PATH Scholarship Comes at Right Time for Medical Student

first_img Without a $1-million scholarship from the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), Chedukia Langley, a fourth-year medical student at the University of the West Indies (UWI), says she would not have been able to meet her financial obligations to the university, and faced the possibility of being deregistered. Without a $1-million scholarship from the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), Chedukia Langley, a fourth-year medical student at the University of the West Indies (UWI), says she would not have been able to meet her financial obligations to the university, and faced the possibility of being deregistered.Chedukia, who spoke to JIS News at PATH’s 15th anniversary scholarship awards ceremony held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge in St. Andrew on October 27, says with the money received, she was able to clear outstanding fees for last year and make a deposit on this year’s tuition.The 22-year-old, who started UWI in 2014, tells JIS News that even with two scholarships, she was unable to meet her full tuition cost of $3.5 million per annum for her Bachelor of Medicine,Bachelor of Surgery degree, in addition to other expenses, including travelling, as she is a commuting student.“I was at the brink of dropping out, because, although I had gotten scholarships, I still owed the university, and I did not know how I was going to pay,” she says.The student, who has been a PATH beneficiary since high school, says that when she heard that she would be a scholarship recipient she was “beyond elated”.“PATH is aimed at breaking the generational cycle (of poverty). They recognised that I needed the help, and they knew I could help other persons as well as contribute to Jamaica’s economic development. They made a wise investment in me,” Chedukia says.The former Glenmuir High School student, who was born in St. Elizabeth, tells JIS News that becoming a medical doctor is a dream she has had from a young age.“I wanted to become a doctor from I was very small. I always said I wanted to go to Glenmuir High School and become a doctor. Medicine is a rewarding career, and you get to help people where you can restore someone’s health,” she notes.Chedukia says it has taken much sacrifice to get to this point, including leaving home to live with an aunt in Old Harbour, and she is determined to persevere in order to make life better for herself and her family.“I can’t say I had an excellent childhood, but it was okay. I wasn’t living with my dad or my mom at one point in my life. We lived in one room with a zinc kitchen and (pit) latrine. My mother had six children, but it was okay,” the young woman tells JIS News.Amidst all her challenges, Chedukia says she remained determined to excel, scoring grade ones in Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Mathematics, English Language, History,Spanish, Food and Nutrition, Physical Education, Office Administration, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EPDM).Chedukia tells JIS News that her next major goal is to complete her degree programme. She intends to work in the public sector and then enter private practice.PATH is an initiative by the Government of Jamaica with support from donor partners, such as the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and other multilateral and bilateral agencies.It is aimed at delivering benefits by way of cash grants to the poorest and most vulnerable persons in the society.The programme is administrated by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and the main objectives are to increase educational attainment and improve health outcomes of the poor, break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, reduce child labour by requiring children to have minimum attendance in school, and serve as a safety net by preventing families from falling further into poverty in the event of adverse shock.As at June 2017, 70.62 per cent of registered PATH beneficiaries were children up to 18 years old.In celebration of its 15th year of service to the people of Jamaica, PATH offered tertiary scholarships valued at $15 million to beneficiaries pursuing bachelor’s degrees at accredited institutions, to assist in covering the cost of tuition and books.Seventeen students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in law, medicine, actuarial science, engineering, chemistry, plant biology and psychology received those awards.The funds will be disbursed over a period of up to three years, with the condition that the recipients maintain a GPA of at least 2.5. “PATH is aimed at breaking the generational cycle (of poverty). They recognised that I needed the help, and they knew I could help other persons as well as contribute to Jamaica’s economic development. They made a wise investment in me,” Chedukia says. The programme is administrated by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and the main objectives are to increase educational attainment and improve health outcomes of the poor, break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, reduce child labour by requiring children to have minimum attendance in school, and serve as a safety net by preventing families from falling further into poverty in the event of adverse shock. Story Highlightslast_img read more