Cable trouble dogs spacewalkers in European lab upgrades

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts encountered cable trouble while attempting to make home improvements 260 miles up. Two NSA astronauts installed a high-speed data link outside the International Space Station’s European lab. But it took a few tries to get the antenna working right. The astronauts had more cable problems that prevented them from completely hooking up an experiment platform on the Columbus lab. The platform has been up there awaiting activation for almost a year. The astronauts will perform a second spacewalk on Monday to complete battery upgrades to the station’s solar power grid.last_img read more

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Zahm claims victory in quiz bowl championship

first_imgThe Zahm House quiz bowl team defeated St. Edward’s Hall 2-0 in a best-of-three series during the interhall championship Tuesday evening, sealing their victory on the last question of the second round.The St. Edward’s team, composed of four freshmen, came into the championship match undefeated, captain Tommy Davis said. The members were not discouraged by their loss in the championship, Davis said. “We started at the bottom, and now we are here,” he said. “No matter what happens, we are proud of that.”Zahm’s team consisted of six seniors that had won the annual interhall quiz bowl tournament three times in the past four years. Zahm lost in the 2013 championship to St. Edward’s, which was their only loss in four years during the regular season or playoffs.The official quiz bowl website states the distribution of topics as questions in literature, history, science, religion, mythology and philosophy, fine arts, social sciences, geography and the category trash/current events. Senior Matthew Unger, Zahm’s team captain, said the structure of the competition includes “toss-up questions” as well as bonus questions.Unger said experienced quiz bowl competitors comprised Zahm’s successful team.“Most of us had participated in high school quiz bowl and were trivia buffs, so we thought it would be enjoyable to compete in college for Zahm,” he said. “After we had fun and won freshman year, we continued a tradition of participating every year.”“The fact that we were balanced and well-rounded gave us the ability to answer questions from any category,” he said. “Will Chronister and Andrew Marino were especially great, but everyone contributed and had fun which made us unique.”According to Unger, the interhall competition is an alternative to the more competitive collegiate competitions, giving interhall participants the opportunity to mix fun with trivia.According to the Notre Dame Quiz Bowl website, the history of Notre Dame’s interhall competition dates back to 2004. The website credits Bryce Durgin, a 2011 graduate, with rebuilding the tradition of quiz bowl at Notre Dame. “He [Bryce] possessed two qualities equally as valuable — a passion for quiz bowl and a knowledge of high school quiz bowl. The former drove him to spur on the rebuilding process as much as possible; the latter enabled him to inform the team about the numerous opportunities for competition available.”Tags: quiz bowl, St. Edwards Hall, Zahm Houselast_img read more

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LIRR: Man Died after Seizure, Fall from Bellmore Station Platform

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Long Island Rail Road rider died early Saturday morning after he had a seizure on the Bellmore station platform and collapsed onto the tracks, a LIRR spokesman said.The rider was only identified as a male customer. His name and age has not yet been released.The LIRR spokesman said the man was standing on the platform around 5:30 a.m. when he had a seizure and fell onto the electrified third rail.MTA police are still investigating the incident.The LIRR began operating hourly service west of Babylon after the incident because only one of the two tracks was available for service, the railroad said.last_img read more

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What can your credit union learn from Microsoft?

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bo McDonald Bo McDonald is president of Your Marketing Co. A marketing firm that started serving credit unions nearly a decade ago, offering a wide range of services including web design, branding, … Web: yourmarketing.co Details “When the rate of change outside is more than what is inside, be sure that the end is near.” Even though this cautionary quote from Azim Premji wasn’t initially meant for one of America’s most successful companies, it certainly describes the crossroads Microsoft once faced. And more importantly, it might capture the culture and mindset challenge your credit union is currently experiencing. Our YMC team recently read Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone by Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft. Since our team paused earlier this year to reflect on what was keeping us from reaching the next level in our mission, this book proved to be a timely read. Now that we are hitting refresh ourselves and implementing the changes necessary for us to improve, Mr. Nadella’s wisdom feels especially practical. In Hit Refresh, Nadella breaks down culture into four areas: values, customs, beliefs, and symbolic practices. “Culture is made up of acts that become habitual and accrue to something coherent and meaningful,” Nadella shares. He goes on to say that while culture is how an organization thinks and acts collectively, it can also be shaped by the individuals within the organization.Maybe you’re reading this and asking, “How can I build a culture at my credit union?” If so, stop right there. It’s important to realize that your credit union already has a culture. You just need to identify what your culture is right now. When Nadella took the reins at Microsoft, the company was struggling to stay relevant in a fast-changing industry. He knew that organizational health starts at the top, but Microsoft’s top had been broken for so long that the culture was killing the company’s chance of survival. Throughout his writing, Nadella cites Dr. Carol Dweck’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success as a key factor that helped shape the culture shift at Microsoft. He noted how Dweck taught him that the world is divided between learners and non-learners, which reinforced the idea that a fixed mindset will limit you, and a growth mindset can push you forward. Dweck focuses on something she calls “CEO Disease,” an affliction of leaders who fail to adopt a growth mindset. Instead, they get stuck in the comfort of current success, and that can be deadly for the future survival of any organization. She drives home the ripple effect of this mindset by stating, “The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life.” I think Dr. Dweck is absolutely right, but I would take it a step further and suggest that your viewpoint not only affects your life, it impacts the way you lead others as well. What is your view of the world right now? What is the view of your team? How much of your mindset is contributing to the issues within your organization? When I first started YMC, I operated with a mindset that always assumed the worst. Unfortunately, that tendency created a poor culture within our team, one that lasted for the first half of our existence. No amount of pizza parties or office happy hours were able to turn our culture around. But once I changed my mindset and began trusting that the people I hired to lead our clients and our teams were working with the best of intentions, things changed for the better. And while the changes were overwhelmingly positive, they weren’t exactly painless.We had to make peace with some pretty high turnover, amend the benefits we offered, and change our hiring process to ensure we were attracting and retaining only the best. And the work didn’t end there. The most difficult part of culture change is the constant re-evaluation of the decisions you make. Change is not an overnight process. For me, leading the change at YMC has been a three-year process that continues to take shape. There are no shortcuts or gimmicks—just the hard work of creating a company culture where our walk matches our talk. It was encouraging to see that this approach is similar to the one that made such a profound difference at Microsoft.  “Just saying interesting things wasn’t enough,” Nadella noted when outlining what it took to turn the culture around at such a large organization. “Our employees had to see how everything we did reinforced our mission, ambitions, and culture, and they needed to start doing the same.” Soon after becoming CEO, Nadella shared his vision for the future in a speech at a Microsoft Global Sales Conference. “We can have all of the bold ambitions. We can have all of the bold goals. We can aspire to our new mission. But it’s only going to happen if we live our culture, if we teach our culture.” He then added, “We will grow as a company if everyone, individually, grows in their roles and in their lives.” That last part is essential. Nadella and his wife have been blessed with several children, one with special needs. As the parent of a child with special needs, Nadella learned the importance of empathy, a quality that played a critical role in his company’s culture shift. “It’s taken me on this journey of developing more empathy for others. And what gives me deep meaning is the ability to take new ideas and empathy for people; to connect the two and have great impact. That’s what gives me the greatest satisfaction. It’s why I work for Microsoft. And that’s what I aspire for each one of you to do as you work here.” Imagine the impact we could make in the lives of our employees, volunteers, and members if we as credit union leaders would adopt that same mindset. How can we develop empathy and the desire for new ideas, connect the two, and provide even more value to our members and our community? The way we answer that question will determine the kind of credit union we create in the years to come. At the end of his book, Nadella leaves the reader with a gut punch in the form of a question. “At the end of the next year, if we were tried in a court of law and the charge was that we failed to pursue our mission, would there be enough evidence to convict us?” Think about that question and answer it with your credit union in mind—but don’t stop there. If there wouldn’t be enough evidence to show that you’ve been pursuing your mission, ask yourself what needs to change so that the verdict could be different. Then hit refresh and start making that change!last_img read more

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Political unrest

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Trump says expects Russia-Saudi oil deal soon, invites US oil chiefs to White House

first_imgIn the coming meetings with oil executives, Trump is expected to discuss a range of options to help the industry, including the possibility of tariffs on oil imports from Saudi Arabia, according to the Wall Street Journal, which was first to report the planned meetings.Major drillers expected to participate in the initial meeting on Friday include Exxon Mobil Corp, Chevron Corp, Occidental Petroleum Corp, and Continental Resources, according to the Journal.Occidental said it had no comment, while officials at the other companies did not respond to requests for comment.A source familiar with the plan told Reuters that oil refiners and small producers would also be represented and the issue of potential waivers for royalties on existing federal offshore and onshore leases would be discussed.The American Petroleum Institute, which represents the US oil and gas industry, said its president Mike Sommers would attend the initial meeting, but added: “We are not seeking any government subsidies or industry-specific intervention to address the recent market downturn at this time.”The API, many of whose members operate globally, has said in the past it opposes trade tariffs because it can complicate projects and business relationships in other countries.The group on March 20, however, sent a letter to the Trump administration requesting relief from some regulatory requirements to ensure steady supplies during the coronavirus. The administration has since announced it will temporarily ease some environmental enforcement.Trump this week called Russia and Saudi Arabia’s price war “crazy” and spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the issue. Top energy officials from the two countries later spoke and agreed to continue discussions alongside other major global oil producers and consumers, according to the Kremlin.The Trump administration said it is also planning to send a special envoy to Riyadh to push for lower output.Saudi Arabia’s crude supply rose on Wednesday to a record of more than 12 million barrels per day, two industry sources said, despite a plunge in demand triggered by the coronavirus outbreak and US pressure on the kingdom to stop flooding the market.Topics : “Worldwide, the oil industry has been ravaged,” he said. “Its very bad for Russia, its very bad for Saudi Arabia. I mean, its very bad for both. I think they’re going to make a deal.”Global oil prices have fallen by roughly two-thirds this year as the coronavirus has slammed global economies at the same time major producers Saudi Arabia and Russia have started to flood the market with oil.Speaking to Reuters on Thursday, a senior Gulf source familiar with Saudi thinking said the Kingdom supports cooperation between oil producers to stabilize prices but Russia’s opposition to a proposal last month to deepen supply cuts has caused market turmoil.The collapse in prices has threatened the once-booming US drilling industry with bankruptcies and massive layoffs, and Washington has scrambled for ways to protect the sector. US President Donald Trump said he has invited US oil executives to the White House to discuss ways to help the industry “ravaged” by slumping energy demand during the coronavirus outbreak and a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia.Trump also said he had talked recently with the leaders of both Russia and Saudi Arabia and believed the two countries would make a deal to end their price war within a “few days” – lowering production and bringing prices back up.“I’m going to meet with the oil producers on Friday. I’m going to meet with independent oil producers also on Friday or Saturday. Maybe Sunday. We’re going to have a lot of meetings on it,” Trump told reporters at a media conference.last_img read more

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N. Korea lashes out at S. Korean military drills, sends greetings to China

first_imgNorth Korea cited a military exercise by the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) Air Combat Command on Wednesday, and said the drills violated inter-Korean agreements aimed at reducing military tensions.”Everything is now going back to the starting point before the north-south summit meeting in 2018,” the statement said.On Sunday, South Korea said North Korean troops fired multiple shots toward a South Korean guard post at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which separates the two countries.South Korean troops responded by firing warning shots, but no casualties were reported. Topics : US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had said the shots fired by North Korea were likely “accidental”.In a separate dispatch, KCNA said Kim sent a verbal message to the Chinese president about the coronavirus, KCNA said.”Kim Jong Un in his message extended his warm greetings to Xi Jinping and congratulated him, highly appreciating that he is seizing a chance of victory in the war against the unprecedented epidemic,” said KCNA.Kim wished Xi good health and the KCNA report said the relations between Pyongyang and Beijing were “firmly consolidated.Asked about Kim’s message to Xi during a daily briefing in Beijing on Friday, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China and North Korea are friendly neighbors and in close communication on COVID-19 epidemic control. She said she had nothing to update with in response to a question on whether Xi will send a reply to Kim.COVID-19 is the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus.North Korea has said it has no cases of the coronavirus, but previously reinforced border checks and anti-epidemic measures. center_img North Korea lashed out at South Korea over recent military drills, while leader Kim Jong Un sent a personal message to China’s Xi Jinping to congratulate him on that country’s success in controlling the coronavirus, state media reported on Friday.A North Korean military representative said on Friday that recent South Korean military drills were a grave provocation that demanded a reaction, according to a statement carried by Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).”The recent drill served as an opportunity which awakened us once again to the obvious fact that the enemies remain enemies all the time,” the statement said.last_img read more

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Gov. Wolf Encourages PA Guard Members to Enroll in First-in-the-Nation Education Program for Guard Families

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Education,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf, joined by Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Maj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli, legislators and PA National Guard members and their families, encouraged PA National Guard members to take advantage of the new Military Family Education Program, or PA GI bill, now open for enrollment.“This program will allow us to recognize military members and their families for their sacrifice by providing them with up to five years of college at no or reduced cost,” Gov, Wolf said. “Think of what a difference this program will make to the lives of our military families. As Pennsylvanians, the least we can do to thank these military families is to ease the burden of paying for education. I encourage all eligible Guard members to enroll today.”Gov. Wolf signed the bill, the first in the nation, in July. Under the bill, Guard members who commit to an additional six years of service can receive five years of higher education benefits for their spouses and children. The program will provide for 10 semesters of tuition-free education for family member(s).The benefit must be used at a Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) approved educational institution, and at the tuition rate set by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The PA GI bill could benefit up to 8,000 military family members. Enrollment began Oct. 29 and 20 families have already signed up.Currently, Guard members themselves are eligible for the Education Assistance Program with their initial service obligation of six years that provides a non-transferable educational benefit.“We already have a tuition program for our enlisted and veteran Pennsylvania National Guard Members,” Gov. Wolf said. “It’s a program that has helped thousands of military families get ahead in their careers without piling on debt. The expansion of this program to spouses and children will help more military families succeed, all while allowing us civilians to say, ‘Thank you for your service.’”Interested Guard members can apply through their unit to the PA National Guard Education Office. Tuition benefits will begin for the 2020-2021 academic year.More information on the PA GI Bill, along with answers to frequently asked questions, can be found on the Pennsylvania National Guard website. November 04, 2019center_img Gov. Wolf Encourages PA Guard Members to Enroll in First-in-the-Nation Education Program for Guard Familieslast_img read more

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July 4, 2018 Police Blotter

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Barcelona president: Messi future is here, in football and after football

first_imgBarcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, is adamant Lionel Messi will not be leaving. Messi is now inside the final year of his current deal and can sign a pre-contract with a rival from January 1. But Bartomeu insists Messi and the club are in negotiations about a new agreement. He told TV3: “With Messi, we are talking, we have talked and we will talk.Advertisement read also:Messi sets new La Liga record “He is the best player in the history of football, he still has years ahead of him and he is in great shape. “I have no doubt that he will continue at Barça, his future is here, in football and after football.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more

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