Balancing act: Remote work and parenting in unprecedented times

first_img 128SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Alison Carr Alison currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Your Credit Union Partner. In this capacity she supports: Community Development & Outreach Initiatives, Business Development, Speaking/Training Engagements, Strategic Partnerships and … Web: www.yourcupartner.org Details Raising children has always been a community endeavor. As they say, “it takes a village”, and suddenly the village many of us have relied on is gone. It’s taking a toll on our careers, our family’s well-being and our children’s education. For many parents, myself included, this leaves us feeling stressed and stranded.If we have learned anything during the past 6 months, it is how to be flexible and adapt to our changing circumstances, both personally and professionally. This is especially real if you are balancing home life while fulfilling your work obligations. How can we as credit unions navigate this path forward to support our employees? Well, to do so, we will need to get comfortable with chaos and the unknown and “build the airplane as we are flying it.” As professionals, we are worried about protecting our jobs, derailing our careers, balancing work and family, concerns about our kid’s academic progress, social development, mental and physical health for everyone, and, well, the list goes on.Personally, I can relate to much of this. I worked from home before the pandemic and had a flexible schedule, lots of early mornings, late evenings, and creative scheduling to balance client needs and family. Having a 2nd grader and kindergartner, this was the year they would both be in school and life would be less chaotic, dare I say, even normal. Instead, I am now also trying to manage their schooling. I think as we move forward, we will need even more flexibility as parents and as professionals, especially, as some begin to transition back into the workplace.I don’t think this will be a ‘flip of the switch, back to business as usual’ kind of a situation. We’ve seen that many jobs in our economy (and our credit unions) can be done remotely. For years, many working parents have been pushing for more flexibility, and more workplace policies that would allow time off as needed.According to an August 2020 New York Times article, 80% of parents will be working remotely AND managing childcare and education. Single parent households, especially those with outside-the-home jobs (think essential workers) have even fewer options.We need to be evaluating our policies to address this new reality — not just what can individual employers do, but what are the federal-level policies or state-level policies that we can put in place to ensure that working parents (and all workers) are guaranteed the flexibility they need to balance having a job and supporting their families.Empathy, Understanding and FlexibilityIf our organizations are viewed as inflexible and unaccommodating, it can lead to negative employee morale, as well as resentment of an increase in workload on others due to the loss of a team member, and the perception that the organization is not supportive of its employees.It’s a given, not everyone has the option to transition to a remote working environment. We are witnessing a new version of the opportunity divide unfold across the country, with millions of frontline workers showing up for work every day in grocery stores, providing transportation, working in large distribution centers, and other essential roles. For us as credit unions, these are our front-line workers (our tellers and loan officers), in other words, Financial First Responders.It is important, and will continue to be important, for employers to demonstrate empathy and understanding as they evaluate policies, practices, benefit programs, as well as compensation structures for these essential workers. With so much emphasis on supporting remote workers, how do we create equity with our employees that we need to literally show up every day at the office? And, as credit unions we have come to understand the pressing need and the unique opportunity we have to proactively tackle these challenges.Develop a Remote-Work PolicyEmployers will need to ensure their familiarity and compliance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) as well as state-specific laws. With this in mind, you can then create a policy that establishes expectations and guidelines, as well as communication plans to provide updates regularly within the organization. Some things to consider: Providing onsite childcare options. Providing a childcare stipend to cover caregiving support. Changing policies to explicitly allow for children to be in the home during working hours and clearly defining what this looks like.A sound policy will clearly and fairly outline which employees can work from home, what hours they are expected to work, and set forth a set schedule of virtual meetings and other requirements. Where Remote Work May Not Be Possible – Allow Flexible Working HoursDuring the typical 9-to-5 day, parents may need to look after their children for a portion of that time. As long as you don’t need employees to be in mandatory meetings, consider letting them work flexible hours.As employers, credit unions should encourage their employees to discuss these types of scheduling issues and then work with employees to set expectations around availability. This is part of the larger remote working policy, having already defined which employees can work from home, what hours they are expected to work, etc.Why it MattersWe need to make working flexibly the norm. This will require managing performance based on impact, not hours clocked (what we all should been doing anyway!), for roles where that’s possible.Be thinking about what steps you need to take to help employees manage the challenges of working remotely, such as the blurring of work-life boundaries. And, what systems and benefits do you have in place and what systems and benefits do you need to put in place, in order to support employees?Bottom-line, our HR policies and practices need to be responsive to the experiences of our employees, especially those who have been uniquely impacted by the pandemic.last_img read more

What’s in a name?

first_imgMendez said she was unaware of Zamora’s efforts to have the park named after her but was flattered nonetheless. “She didn’t say boo to me,” said Mendez, who attended Grandparents Day at Orr Elementary on Wednesday. “But that’s wonderful. I’ve been living in this place for some 50 years, and it’s very special to me.” However, before the park can be renamed, Superintendent Phillip Perez said board policy requires the district to first convene a committee to take suggestions for renaming the park. Later this summer, the committee will make a recommendation to the board, he said. “We will put together a plan to determine who will be involved as members on the committee, then establish a process and timeline for renaming the park,” Perez said. “And that will involve soliciting suggested names from the public and the Orr community.” NORWALK – Local school district officials have convened an advisory committee charged with considering renaming Orr Park. Little Lake City School District school board member Hilda Zamora launched the idea when she suggested at a recent meeting that the park be renamed in honor former board member Sara Mendez. Mendez, 85, spent decades on the school board. Her children and grandchildren have attended Orr Elementary School. Her son, Mike Mendez, is a Norwalk City Council member. The school and the playground, which are named after land owner and Norwalk founder William Orr, is used both by the school and by the city, which operates it as a public park during non-school hours. The Little Lake City district owns the park and has the authority to rename it, he said. But the city operates the park during non-school hours and is currently upgrading it to make it more useful and appealing. Zamora said she thought it only fitting to name the park after Mendez because of her work on the school board and in the Orr community. “As much as she’s given to other schools, Orr has been her main school, the one she has dedicated herself to,” Zamora said. “I’m hoping they can put it in her name, and I’d rather have it done now than later.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

2010 to give SA a $2.5bn boost

first_imgCape Town International Airportundergoing refurbishment to allow for theexpected influx of visitors for the 2010Fifa World Cup. South Africa is alreadyenjoying the benefits of largeinfrastructure projects that wouldn’t havegone ahead if it weren’t for thetournament.(Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Wilma den HartighThe 2010 Fifa World Cup is to inject an additional R21.3-billion (US$2.52-billion) into South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to research by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.Of the projected growth, R12.7-billion ($1.5-billion) is attributed to direct investment and tourist spend will contribute the remaining R9.5-billion ($1.13-billion).But Dr Azar Jammine, Econometrix chief economist, expects GDP growth to be even higher. “It is an underestimate because capital inflow will be much more substantial,” he said. “The current estimate only amounts to 0.8% of the GDP.”The 2009 Fifa Confederations and 2010 World Cup couldn’t come at a better time for South Africa. “Given the economic crisis, South Africa would have been in a very different position without these events,” he said.The country is already enjoying the benefits of large infrastructure projects that wouldn’t have gone ahead if it weren’t for the Fifa World Cup. Besides Fifa events, the Indian Premier League cricket tournament and the British and Irish Lions rugby tour will also generate substantial revenue for the country.The latest foreign tourism figures show negative growth, but Jammine is confident that this situation is only temporary. “Tourism will pick up again with people coming to South Africa for the events.”Customer serviceThe completion of major infrastructure developments in time for the Fifa World Cup has been under the spotlight for months. But according to Accenture SA, organisations shouldn’t neglect the importance of customer service throughout the event.Accenture has taken an extensive look at the effects that the Fifa World Cup will have on customer experience. “The aim of the event should not only be to get people to come to South Africa, but to encourage them to return,” said Nikki Tyrer, head of  customer relations management at Accenture SA.Tyrer pointed out that customer service will be a key differentiator during the World Cup. “We must position the country to maximise the benefits of the event beyond the actual tournament. Tourists only have a few weeks here, but the event is a phenomenal marketing opportunity for the country.”The financial services sector, health, safety and retail will be under pressure with the influx of visitors to the country. It is estimated that the World Cup tournament will bring approximately 3-million tourists to South African shores, from across Africa and the rest of the world.“These potential customers all have expectations in terms of customer service. Additional value added services will go a long way in meeting these expectations,” she said.The retail sector will benefit greatly, with an international tourist expected to spend some R1 400 ($166) daily, while domestic visitors will spend about R750 ($89) daily. Thousands of tourists will be visiting shopping malls across the country, and Tyrer believes that retailers have to ensure that visitors have a positive experience of South Africa.The most critical aspect is communication, she says. Organisations can enhance the customer’s experience by ensuring that foreign and local customers are catered for in their own languages.One of the areas in need of attention is banking automatic teller machines (ATMs). She said although South Africa has a good ATM network, the supply chain relies on historic usage patterns. This is problematic, as more people will be making use of ATM facilities throughout the World Cup.“This means ATMs will run out of money more quickly and we have to find ways around this,” she said.  The shoe and clothing retail sector will also have to make provision for tourists requesting information on sizing differences.She emphasised that South Africa does have pockets of excellence as far as service is concerned. However, to ensure that the event has long-term benefits, operators and service providers need to develop and implement marketing, sales and service strategies that meet the needs of a diverse consumer base.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesWill 2010 prevent a South African jobs bloodbath? No swine flu threat to Confed Cup No power cuts in 2010 Uefa praises SA’s 2010 readiness Cracking down on 2010 crime Useful linksDepartment of Environmental Affairs and TourismSouth African TourismAccenture South AfricaEconometrixFifaSouth Africa 2010last_img read more

Tetyana naturals 4D Silk Fiber Lash Mascara Waterproof – Great, would recommend to all

first_img Ordered this for a wedding and it matches my dress perfect. The colour is gorgeous, speedy delivery. Good tools, lots of uses, and fast delivery. Perfect, pretty, good quality feel. Makes eyelashes look amazing. No clumping just long volumised lashes. I like to get all my loved ones/friends this, cos its so nice and cool on my feet, and fun with the cracking. Will definitely order again. Good product and as described. If you are, like me, a natural tanner then this is for you but only use once you have a tan to make it better. Have used these for two separate colds now my 4 month old has had and they work fantastically to loosen up any mucus that is making her struggle to breath. I then use a nasal aspirator to remove any snot. Loved this went perfectly with my dress. In fact it was so nice i bought a second one in a different colour for future use. The shimmers are absolutely amazing. They blend quite well into one another. The matte colours are also great too. I’m not a fan on the heavy glitter on the bottom row but they are really nice. I thought they might have been patchy but they werent. I’ll try upload swatches later. Honestly, amazing value for money. I didn’t even get fall out when applying. Helped my son breathe better when he had a bad cold. He hated having them in, but they did clear his nose and he was able to sleep soundly enough after using. I combined with a nasal aspirator, as well as a plug in menthol device that helped keep his airways clear. Came much earlier than estimated, very pleased with these they work perfectly for the job needed. Same as the slightly expensive ones. These have arabic and english on them as they are normally exported but the same content. Will buy more in the future. Great product, perfect for when you get home from a hard day at work and your feet are burning and tired, the mousse cools and refreshes your feet well. Only downside to product is i feel it doesn’t moisturise my feet as well as i would like it to but still a great product to cool your tired feet,. If your child has a stuffy nose, is finding it hard to breath or just has huge ‘boogers’, then this stuff really helps. A few drops up one or both nostrils helps break down any structure and blockage. Seems to work very quickly too. Dropper makes it easy to administer, but a larger bottle or perhaps a re-fillable bottle would be handy. Good value considering that it helps our child breath more easily again and so quickly too. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-04-04 09:03:43Reviewed Item 4D Silk Fiber Lash Mascara Waterproof, Luxuriously Longer, Thicker, Voluminous Eyelashes, Long-Lasting, Dramatic Extension, Smudge-proof, Hypoallergenic FormulaRating 4.3 / 5  stars, based on  142  reviews Great for helping babies breath more easily if they have a stuffy nose Wow! Just wow Love this it really could your feet down excellent value for money. Great quality case, the 9yo loves it for her make-up. Lovely smell of coconut – there is nothing better than this body oil, which i use after the shower to keep skin smelling lovely and keep it well moisturised. I hate having spf in products as its just another chemical on my skin. Highly recommend this as a after bath/shower oil for men and women. Here are the specifications for the Tetyana naturals 4D Silk Fiber Lash Mascara Waterproof:INSTANT VOLUME & LENGTH – Glossiva 4D Silk Fiber Eyelash Mascara is deeply pigmented and instantly creates beautifully dramatic and bold lashes with just a single application that bring out the beauty of your eyes and compliment your overall makeup look.STAY IN PLACE ALL DAY WEAR – This waterproof and long-lasting Mascara formula ensures that your eyelashes stay gorgeously long, thick and voluminous all day through rain, tears, and sweat.SMOOTH CLUMP-FREE APPLICATION – Say goodbye to spidery, flaky, and unnatural looking lashes, and say hello to dark, rich, and stunning lashes.NATURAL & EASY TO REMOVE – Our safe & innovative Mascara formula is made with natural & non-toxic ingredients that will not cause irritation. It’s gentle enough for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes. You can simply wash it off at the end of the day with warm water and your favorite makeup remover or cleanser.100% SATISFACTION & MONEY BACK GUARANTEE- We stand behind everything we sell. If you are not satisfied, we offer a 100% money back guarantee. There is no risk for you, so give our 4D Silk Fiber Lash Mascara a try!center_img Love all valuemakers products always super pigmented and cheap. This was a present for my daughter. She has always used these products since they came out. Good valueand well presented. Reviews from purchasers :LENGTHENS LASHES SO WELL AND STAYS ALL DAY Posted on April 4, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories MascarasTags Tetyana naturalslast_img read more

The secret world of Sathya Sai Baba’s Rs 40,000 cr empire

first_imgDevotees of Sri Sathya Sai Baba Assemble For Darshan at the Hill View Stadium in Puttaparthi in 2000.As India’s most famous godman, Sri Sathya Sai Baba, 84, recovers from a health scare in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, the framework for transition is already in place. The all-powerful caucus, the Sri Sathya,Devotees of Sri Sathya Sai Baba Assemble For Darshan at the Hill View Stadium in Puttaparthi in 2000.As India’s most famous godman, Sri Sathya Sai Baba, 84, recovers from a health scare in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, the framework for transition is already in place. The all-powerful caucus, the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust (SSSCT), established in 1972 to direct the management of his gargantuan empire, will call the shots after the spiritual guru ceases to be around as its chairman.The SSSCT supervises how the functioning of the welfare entities, including educational and health facilities, are to be run and controls the purse strings of several trusts with a team of sharp auditors. But the SSSCT is tightlipped when it comes to the fabulous wealth of the Sathya Sai Baba network, estimated to add up to over a staggering Rs 40,000 crore, including movable and immovable assets in India, besides those in 165 other countries.The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences at Puttaparthi where Sathya Sai Baba is being treated.Much of it is invested in schools, colleges, hospitals and other health facilities. Donations from his six million active devotees-another 31 million are intermittent followers-pour in, adding to the already full coffers of the trusts. All donations to the sssct are exempt from tax. Besides, what keeps the money coming in is a quid pro quo between the influential among the faithful. The network helps them strike business deals and they, in turn, make a donation to the Sai Baba’s activities.The SSSCT has steadfastly refused to divulge details, covering itself under a cloak of secrecy. Such is its clout that even presidents and prime ministers, among other high and mighty, are forced to drop protocol during their visits to pay respects to the Sathya Sai Baba.advertisementSri Sathya Sai BabaLack of transparency may have fuelled speculation about the exact size of the wealth and apprehensions about funds being misused, but the SSSCT does have an elaborate system of checks and balances in place to rein in siphoning of what the devout have contributed to Sathya Sai Baba’s multifarious charities. The credit for this largely goes to two individuals: the SSSCT secretary K. Chakravarthi, a former district collector of Anantapur (Puttaparthi is part of it) who quit the IAS to work for Sathya Sai Baba, beginning as the registrar of the Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in 1981, and S.V. Giri, a former IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre who resigned as chief vigilance commissioner in 1998 to become the sixth vice-chancellor of the Sri Sathya Sai University and built a network of educational institutions. They have turned the entire gamut of activities into a single mammoth non-governmental organisation.The SSSCT runs the Sathya Sai University complex, the 220-bed Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, where he was rushed when he fell ill; a world religion museum, Chaitanya Jyoti; a planetarium; a railway station; a hill view stadium; a music college; an administrative building; an airport and an indoor sports stadium in Puttaparthi. It also runs a general and specialty hospital in Bangalore, several other hospitals, including two for eye care, and a network of dispensaries. The trust has also commissioned and funded several drinking water projects, including one for 731 villages in Anantapur district, and helped in lining the sides of the Kandaleru-Poondi canal to take Krishna water to Chennai.While Prashanti Nilayam is the Sathya Sai Baba’s headquarters in Puttaparthi, Brindavan at Whitefield on the outskirts of Bangalore and Sai Shruti Ashram in Kodaikanal are the ones he goes to during summers. There are also 1,300-odd Sathya Sai Baba centres across the world which run schools, health and cultural centres. Sathya Sai Baba’s Educare programme has founded schools in 33 countries. There is also the digital radio network-Radio Sai Global Harmony. The well-entrenched Sathya Sai network will use all these facilities as his legacy to propagate his teachings.The godman has institutionalised all the activities with help from trusted professionals, including eminent jurists like ex-chief justice of India P.N. Bhagwati and, in earlier years, Supreme Court judges V.R. Krishna Iyer and V. Balakrishna Eradi, retired Andhra Pradesh High Court judge Y.V. Anjaneyulu, besides politicians of all hues and bureaucrats.With foresight, he has stalled all attempts by relatives to corner the trusts and the corpus as a family inheritance. There are nearly 200 relatives in the extended family who have opened restaurants and lodges in Puttaparthi itself or turned professional, banking on his influence and cashing in on his recommendations. The only one among them active on the SSSCT was his brother, R.V. Janakiram, until his death in 2005.advertisementAlienated, some of Sathya Sai Baba’s relatives joined atheists and other non-believers to denounce the welfare activities as well as the godman’s legendary magical powers. Janakiram’s son, R.J. Ratnakar, was inducted as a member of the SSSCT late last year but does not wield much clout. It is expected that some members of the family will, after he is gone, try and expose the odd failing in the running of some Sathya Sai institutions. On this, the opaque SSSCT has poor defence. It will perhaps have to accept a generational change in management. Differences may crop up but are expected to be sorted out as all concerned are apprehensive of the Andhra Pradesh government effecting a takeover, invoking the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act, 1959.Unquestioning faith and devotion is the hallmark of a Sathya Sai devotee. It has been ingrained so deeply in followers over the past seven decades that anyone raising doubts is spurned, if not turned away. This is why devotees will wait out the transition-after Sai Baba’s death at the age of 96-for his successor who, according to his prophecy, will come in the year 2030 from Gunaparthi village in Karnataka’s Mandya district. This is also why, after the initial pressing of panic buttons on learning he was critical, life was soon back to normal in Puttaparthi.As a collective leadership, the SSSCT may not find it a daunting task to pursue the goals set by the godman. There are funds and systems aplenty. With his devotees keeping a constant vigil against any degeneration and decay, things can go awry only if the personal whims and fancies of those managing the institutions override the larger public interest. If things do spin out of control, the Andhra Pradesh government will be forced to step in. Perspective planning has transformed the individual into an institution. All that remains is to immortalise him.last_img read more

Brookfield buying Forest City Realty Trust for 114 billion including debt

first_imgTORONTO – Brookfield Asset Management Inc. says it will buy Forest City Realty Trust Inc. for $11.4 billion including debt.The asset manager says it has entered into a definitive agreement with the Cleveland-based property trust acquire its shares in an all-cash transaction.The acquisition will give Brookfield control of Forest City’s 6.3 million square feet of office space, 2.3 million square feet of life science assets mostly in the Cambridge, Mass. area, and 2.2 million square feet of retail space.Forest City also has five large-scale development projects in the New York area, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. and 18,500 multi-family units for a total portfolio of more than 18 million square feet that will also be part of the deal.Brookfield is offering $25.35 per share for Forest City, which it says is a 26.6. per cent premium to the company’s closing price on June 15, a day before recent market speculation on a possible deal.The deal marks the second major U.S. property buy for Brookfield this year after it agreed to take over property trust GGP Inc.last_img read more

Turmeric compounds may help combat cancer

first_imgCompounds found in turmeric – a condiment commonly used in Indian cuisine – can help prevent prevent and treat stomach cancer, scientists claim. Researchers identified possible therapeutic effects of curcumin – the yellow powder derived from the roots of the turmeric plant. “We undertook a vast review of the scientific literature on all nutrients and bioactive compounds with the potential to prevent or treat stomach cancer and found that curcumin is one of them,” Danielle Queiroz Calcagno, a professor at UFPA. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAccording to Calcagno, compounds such as cholecalciferol (a form of vitamin D), resveratrol (a polyphenol) and quercetin can prevent or combat stomach cancer because they are natural regulators of histone activity. Histones are proteins in cell nuclei that organise the DNA double helix into structural units called nucleosomes, according to a study published in the journal Epigenomics. Each nucleosome is made of DNA coiled like a spool around eight histone proteins (a histone octamer) to compact the DNA so that it fits in the cell, where it is packaged into chromatin. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardResearchers studied histone acetylation patterns in stomach cell samples from healthy individuals and patients diagnosed with stomach cancer. They found that the cells from stomach cancer patients displayed alterations in the pattern of expression of histone acetyltransferases (HATs) and histone deacetylases (HDACs). These alterations are epigenetic and affect the structure and integrity of the genome in many tumors, including stomach cancer. Recent research has also shown that nutrients and bioactive compounds can regulate the activity of HATs and HDACs, the scientists at UNIFESP and UFPA set out to identify any that might influence histone acetylation and hence help prevent stomach cancer or even treat the disease. In addition to curcumin, other compounds found to play a key role in modulating histone activity were cholecalciferol, resveratrol, quercetin, garcinol and sodium butyrate (produced by gut bacteria via fermentation of dietary fiber).last_img read more

Sullinger Craft find friendship after rivalry

At a Jan. 18 press conference, Ohio State freshman point guard Aaron Craft was asked if he ever had a “Welcome to Ohio State” moment during summer scrimmages with former OSU players. His teammate, freshman forward Jared Sullinger, took the liberty of answering the question for him.“(Former OSU guard) Scoonie Penn calls him ‘Cheese,’ ’cause his last name is Craft,” Sullinger said. “So that was a ‘Welcome to Ohio State’ moment right there. He won’t tell you all, but I will.”As reporters roared with laughter, Craft took the moment to thank Sullinger sarcastically for sharing the formerly private information with the media.“And now that is outside the team.” Craft said. “Thank you, Jared.”Whether they’re joking around in a press conference or connecting on the court, it’s easy to see Craft and Sullinger have had chemistry — both on and off the court — since the moment they met. Sullinger, however, said his and Craft’s friendship was born out of a rivalry that dates to middle school AAU basketball.“What’s funny is, me and Craft was enemies in the eighth grade,” Sullinger said. “I didn’t like Craft ’cause he played for All-Ohio Red and I played for Columbus Jaguars, and they constantly beat our butt until nationals.”The following season, Sullinger left the Jaguars to join Craft’s All-Ohio Red team. Craft said he vividly remembers the moment he found out he would be teaming up with his former rival.“The first AAU practice we had in ninth grade, Jared wasn’t with us at the time, and after practice, our coach told us that he was going to play with us, and I’m not going to lie, I got pretty excited,” Craft said. “I knew who he was; I knew what he could do; and once I finally met him, we definitely kind of just formed a bond.”Alongside OSU freshmen Jordan Sibert and J.D. Weatherspoon, who was ruled academically ineligible for Winter Quarter, Craft and Sullinger continued to play for All-Ohio Red in AAU basketball tournaments during the springs and summers throughout their high-school careers. Sullinger said Craft’s abilities always impressed him, even if opposing teams underestimated Craft.“He played on a team full of black guys. You know how there’s that one guy, they classify him as a shooter? So every time Aaron got into the game they were like, ‘Watch the shooter; watch the shooter.’ And the next thing you know, he blows by you,” Sullinger said. “He’s always been the underdog, and he’s always embraced it, and so being with him for the past four years and just watching how everybody attacks him just because of the way he looks, the way he carries himself, it’s pretty funny.”Opposing teams weren’t underestimating Sullinger. After earning a reputation as one of the top players in his class, Sullinger accepted a scholarship offer from OSU following his freshman season of high school. OSU coach Thad Matta enlisted Sullinger to help to fill out the rest of the 2010 recruiting class.“When I committed to Ohio State, coach Matta said we need to add more people to the class. Not more so, you know, top-ranked basketball players, but solid basketball players,” Sullinger said. “I kept telling him about Aaron. I was like, ‘Coach, get Aaron. You got to get Aaron.’”By the time Matta relented to Sullinger’s plea to offer his AAU teammate a scholarship, it appeared to be too late, as Craft had already committed to play college basketball for coach Bruce Pearl at Tennessee.“When I was first committed, I was definitely just kind of focused and trying to enjoy my high school career,” Craft said. “I was glad to have the decision out of the way, and I was happy with my decision.”To the delight of both Sullinger and Matta, Craft reconsidered his options as his junior year of high school came to a close, and he backed away from his commitment to Tennessee. Less than two weeks after de-committing from the Volunteers, Craft was the newest addition to OSU’s 2010 recruiting class.“Once you started hitting AAU, I mean we had Jared over here and Jordan (Sibert) kind of just plant some things in my ear,” Craft said. “I definitely just had to reevaluate the decision I made in the fall.”Sullinger didn’t deny playing a role in recruiting Craft to join him at OSU.“I threw some text messages once I heard he was reevaluating,” Sullinger said. “Luckily, my buddy here, he came to Ohio State.”Craft said he has enjoyed continuing his friendship with Sullinger at the college level.“I’m just very pleased and happy with how everything has worked out,” Craft said. “It’s definitely just been great to have a person like Jared just beside me the whole way, and just to have that calming hand, and he’s definitely just a great guy to have around at all times.”Sullinger and Craft have played key roles in helping advance OSU to its first 20-0 start since the 1961-62 season. Sullinger said the Buckeyes’ addition of Craft has made his college experience more enjoyable — both on and off the court.“With a player like Aaron Craft, it was the best pickup we got,” Sullinger said. “It’s a real pleasure to have him, one as my friend, and two as a teammate.” read more

Klopp wary of Nigerian strikers threat

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he is concerned by the threat posed by Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho.The reds face Leicester in the Premier League at the King Power stadium this weekend, and the host will be without star striker Jamie Vardy who is still serving suspension after picking up a red card against Fulham in the second game of the season.However, Klopp has warned his players to be wary of the threat posed by Kelechi Iheanacho who has replaced Vardy in the starting line-up.“Jamie, what a player. He causes pretty much every team problems with his style of play, going in behind, on the shoulder. It’s difficult to defend, and makes him special, different to all the other strikers in the Premier League,” Klopp said in a pre-match conference, according to Goal.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Now he will not play, that changes a few moments in a game for Leicester, but Iheanacho is a very good striker as well. They changed their style anyway.”“They’re a very good team, you see the work of Claude Puel paying off with Maddison, Gray, that offensive line, not a lot of teams in the Premier League have that.”“The preparation for the game was really interesting, because Leicester are playing good football. I think they are full of confidence after the last result which always helps. It will be difficult for us, but we are in a good moment as well. We go there and try everything to get the result we deserve. Maybe we can deserve a win, we have to be at our best.”last_img read more

Respiratory Pathogen Found In Alaska Dalls Sheep And Mountain Goats

center_img Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae (Movi, for short), described as a respiratory bacteria that can cause disease in susceptible hosts, was recently confirmed in four Dall’s sheep within a sample of 136 and in two of 39 mountain goats. Movi is sometimes found in domestic sheep, goats, and wild sheep and goats in the Lower 48, among other hoofed animals. It has been identified as a pathogen in Lower 48 bighorn sheep pneumonia outbreaks that have resulted in significant die-offs. The Dall’s sheep testing positive for Movi were all in Game Management Unit 13A; all were taken by hunters and appeared healthy. The department plans to continue surveillance for Mycoplasma bacteria, including Movi research in Dall’s sheep, mountain goats, and other Alaska wildlife in collaboration with the USDA Animal Disease Research Unit and the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Pullman, Washington.last_img read more