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CU-Boulder Professor Elected To National Academy Of Engineering

first_img Published: Feb. 17, 2000 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail University of Colorado at Boulder Professor Delores Etter, of the department of electrical and computer engineering, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering, joining nine other faculty from the campus who have been elected since the Academy’s formation in 1962.Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made “important contributions to engineering theory and practice, including significant contributions to the literature of engineering theory and practice,” and those who have demonstrated “unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology.”Etter was honored for her authorship of textbooks on computer applications in engineering, contributions to digital signal processing and service to the profession.She joined the CU-Boulder faculty in 1990, after serving as the associate vice president for academic affairs at the University of New Mexico. Etter is currently on leave, serving as U.S. deputy undersecretary of defense for science and technology, a position she was appointed to by President Clinton in June 1998. She manages the $7 billion budget of the Department of Defense Science and Technology Program and serves as the U.S. representative to the NATO Research and Technology Board. Her responsibilities include developing technologies for the U.S. military and oversight of all federally funded research and development centers.Other CU-Boulder faculty who are members of the National Academy of Engineering, and their years of election, are: Martin Mikulas, 1999; Valerian Tatarskii, elected a Foreign Associate in 1994; Earl Gossard, 1990; Don Hearth, 1989; Richard Strauch, 1989; Jacques Pankove, 1986; Richard Seebass, 1985; Klaus Timmerhaus, 1975; and Max Peters, 1969.last_img read more

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Getting Dogs Back in Motion

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. COLUMBIA FALLS – Kirsten Holland was in the laundry room at her home in the Flathead when Bug, her 8-year-old Doberman, collapsed.It was 2013, and Bug suddenly couldn’t use her legs. A shelter dog rescued in 2007, Bug had become part of Holland’s household, a full-on member of the family. They took Bug to Great Falls to get surgery on what they found was a blown disc in her neck, and while the surgery that Dr. Rick Scherr performed relieved the pain, the dog remained immobile.“We suspect that she had a spinal stroke as well,” Holland said.All Bug could do was wag her tail and lift her head. The prognosis was grim, offering little chance of the Doberman regaining her mobility.“As I was leaving, another vet said, ‘Don’t give up on that dog,’” Holland said. “They said to get her home and upright.”Holland’s husband built several contraptions to get Bug on her feet, but otherwise, they were at a loss at how to help their canine friend.That is, until the Whitefish Animal Hospital called with an offer to work with Stacy Upton, a physical therapist who had recently taken her know-how to the dog realm.Bug was fitted for a custom wheelchair, and, thanks to a Facebook fundraising drive, was soon scooting around in a $1,500 Eddie’s Wheels wheelchair for dogs. Within two or three days in the wheels, Bug could sit up on her own. After four months in the chair and doing physical therapy with Upton, Bug was out of the wheels entirely, walking and jogging on her own.Sitting in Canine in Motion last week, Upton’s business specializing in physical therapy and fitness for dogs, Holland grew teary at the memory of Bug’s fight to walk again.“This is a really important thing for me to see happen,” she said of the physical therapy practice. “It saved my dog’s life.”“She did a ton of work,” Upton said of Bug. “I just kind of guided them.”Upton is one of the few certified canine rehabilitation practitioners (CCRP) in Montana. She’s worked in human physical therapy for years but always had an interest in canine wellness. When presented with the opportunity to become a CCRP through a program at the University of Tennessee, Upton jumped at the chance.Four years later, Canine in Motion is up and running, with a workout space for the dogs, including aquatic therapy. The underwater treadmill at her shop is a rarity in the state — it can be filled to any level and allows a pooch to walk or jog with a normal gait pattern while also taking pressure off the dog’s joints.Buck, Upton’s 6-year-old Labradoodle, is a big fan of the tank, and likes to hold a yellow fish toy in his mouth while he works out. The tank not only helps for rehabbing dogs, but also for fitness, Upton said, because the resistance allows the dog to get in a good workout in half the time.Otherwise, the facility provides FitPaws exercise balls for dogs, so the canines can work on balance and coordination. The dogs also train on ramps and stairs, and can do an assortment of activities to work on their issues. Upton also offers laser therapy and manual therapy to go along with the therapeutic exercise. It was a bit of a pipe dream when she first thought of it, Upton said. But now that dogs have become more like family members than pets, more people are searching for ways to improve their dogs’ lives. Common surgeries in dogs, such as ACL tear repairs, need rehabilitation efforts for the dog to regain full use of the injured area as well as keep the rest of the body healthy instead of overcompensating.At this point, Upton works with canine clients by appointment while she juggles Canine in Motion with her human clientele. Any dog owners seeking rehab need a veterinary referral, but fitness clients don’t, she said.“It’s so fulfilling working with dogs,” Upton said. “Dogs — they want to get better.”Bug did get better, adding a whole extra year to her life before she was diagnosed with the cancer that would eventually take her. Holland said the last year with Bug was a gift she’ll always cherish.“Without Stacy, we wouldn’t have had a whole extra year with Bug,” Holland said.For more information on Canine in Motion, visit www.canineinmotion.com or call 406-270-5490. Emaillast_img read more

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University suspends football practice due to cluster of COVID-19 cases

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, KARMA ALLEN and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 783,000 people worldwide.Over 22.2 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 5.5 million diagnosed cases and at least 172,945 deaths. Here’s how the news developed Wednesday. All times Eastern:6:21 p.m.: UNC, NC State report clusters at fraternity, sorority housesNorth Carolina State said Wednesday that it’s identified clusters of COVID-19 cases at two sorority houses. One sorority has seven positive cases and the other has six positive cases, the school said.This comes one day after NC State said it identified a cluster of COVID-19 cases in off-campus housing.The school said the state’s Department of Health defines a “cluster” as five or more cases.“All students who test positive as part of these clusters will be isolated, and all residents of both [sorority] houses are being quarantined,” NC State said in a statement Wednesday. “Contact tracing has been initiated with direct communication to anyone known to have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.”Meanwhile, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced Wednesday that it’s identified two clusters of cases, one at a dorm and another at a fraternity house.“The individuals in these clusters have been identified and are isolating and receiving medical monitoring,” the university said. “All residents in these living spaces will be provided access to additional information about the clusters and next steps. Contact tracing has been initiated with direct communication to anyone determined to have been a close contact with a positive individual.”6 p.m.: White House report says testing in Georgia ‘must expand’A White House report on COVID-19 in Georgia says the state’s “small gains are fragile and statewide progress will require continued, expanded, and stronger mitigation efforts, including in all open schools,” according to a copy of the report obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.The White House declined to comment on the report, which it did not release publicly, but officials did not dispute its accuracy.The report, dated Sunday, noted that Georgia was “in the red zone for cases.”“Georgia has seen early stability in new cases and a small decrease in test positivity over the past week, but a decline in tests performed,” the report reads. “Testing must expand.”The report recommended “a statewide mask mandate for counties with 50 or more active cases to ensure consistent mask usage, as improvements are fragile,” and the continued closure of bars in counties with positivity rates on the rise, among other recommendations.4:05 p.m.: Purdue University says attending party without masks, distancing is a punishable offenseOfficials at Purdue University in Indiana have added a new clause to the student conduct policy that makes hosting or attending a party without masks or social distancing a punishable offense, as serious as cheating, theft or selling drugs.The new rule applies to on and off-campus parties.Purdue is set to begin the school year in-person next Monday.2:05 p.m.: Cuomo says opening schools is ‘risky and problematic’During a call with reporters, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said opening schools is “risky and problematic” as the beginning of the school year coincides with the beginning of flu season. He said the flu and COVID-19 will stress the state’s testing capacity.“You put the flu season on top of COVID, this is a very difficult situation to deal with, and that’s going to be the second wave” Cuomo said. “Schools are doing temperature checks on the way in and they’re looking for symptomatic children. First, they don’t have to be symptomatic; they can be asymptomatic. And second, you’re in flu season — who doesn’t have sniffles or a cough?Cuomo said the state is sending a letter to every county health department to ask how they are planning to conduct COVID-19 tests and flu tests simultaneously as labs have already deployed almost all of its testing capacity to COVID-19 testing.“Now how do you do the flu test and the COVID tests at the same time?” Cuomo wondered. “We have deployed almost all of our lab capacity to do COVID tests … It will require a reduction on the number of COVID tests or a reduction in the turnaround time on COVID tests. And we already have issues in the turnaround time on the number of COVID tests.”“Opening schools is risky and problematic — that happens in September. In September, the flu season starts,” he added.1:55 p.m.: Appalachian State University suspends football practice due to clusterSeven students and four teachers at North Carolina’s Appalachian State University tested positive for COVID-19 amid a suspected outbreak stemming from the school’s football team, officials said.The university described it as a “cluster” associated with the university football team. By the state’s definition, a cluster is defined as a minimum of five cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period and plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases, according to the university.The infected individual were instructed to recover in isolation. The university said it has also identified close contacts, who have been instructed to quarantine and who are being provided access to testing during their quarantine period, according to a statement.Football practice was suspended in the wake of the announcement.1:00 p.m.: New York positivity rate below 1% for 12 straight daysNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state’s rate of positive tests had been below 1% for 12 straight days as officials cracked down on businesses and residents who failed to comply with strict health guidelines.Of the 80,425 test results reported to New York State on Tuesday, only 0.78% were positive, the governor said. Overall, the state saw 631 additional coronavirus cases, bringing the statewide total to 427,202.“The reason we’re doing well is because we’re being smart. If people’s behavior doesn’t remain disciplined, we’re going to have a problem and you’ll see the numbers change,” Cuomo said. “COVID is not over by any stretch of the imagination. We must protect our progress, both from the growing cases across the nation and lack of compliance within our state.” 11:28 a.m.: Florida’s coronavirus death toll crosses 10,000The Florida Department of Health recorded an additional 174 coronavirus-related fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing the statewide total to 10,067.Florida had surpassed 9,000 total deaths just last Friday.The Sunshine State has become one of the worst-hit areas in the United States in recent weeks as COVID-19 infections there rise. Florida’s Miami-Dade County has one of the highest tallies of confirmed cases in the nation, second only to California’s Los Angeles County, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. 10:37 a.m.: US will allow pharmacists to administer vaccines for kidsThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will now allow state-licensed pharmacists to order and administer vaccines to children ages 3 to 18.Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced the move Wednesday, an amendment to the declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act.“Today’s action means easier access to lifesaving vaccines for our children, as we seek to ensure immunization rates remain high during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Azar said in a statement. “The Trump administration has worked to allow pharmacists — alongside all of America’s heroic healthcare workers — to practice at the top of their license, empowering the public with more options to protect their health and well-being.”There are several requirements in the small print. For example, the vaccine must be approved or licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the licensed pharmacist must complete a special training program.The Department of Health and Human Services said it decided to expand access to childhood vaccines to avoid preventable diseases in children, additional strains on the health care system and any further increase in avoidable adverse health consequences — particularly if such complications coincide with an additional resurgence of COVID-19.“As a pediatric critical care physician who has treated critically ill children suffering from vaccine preventable diseases, I know first-hand the devastation to the child — and to the family and community — of a death or severe brain damage that could have been avoided by a safe and effective vaccine,” Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health, said in a statement. “The cornerstone of public health, vaccines, makes these dreaded diseases preventable. As we expand options during the COVID-19 response, we are also reminding parents, grandparents and caretakers that there is no substitute for a critically important well-child visit with a pediatrician or other licensed primary care provider when available.”9:19 a.m.: Iran’s coronavirus death toll tops 20,000There were 168 additional coronavirus-related fatalities in Iran on Wednesday, bringing the country’s death toll past 20,000, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. It’s another grim milestone for the nation of 80 million people, which has the largest COVID-19 outbreak in the Middle East with more than 350,000 diagnosed cases.Nevertheless, Iran still plans to hold university entrance exams for over one million students. The Islamic Republic is also preparing for mass commemorations at the end of the month for the ninth and tenth days of Muharram, which marks the start of the Islamic New Year.7:15 a.m.: Pope warns against vaccine priority for the richPope Francis said Wednesday that a COVID-19 vaccine should be “for everyone” and not made a priority for the rich.“How sad it would be if for the COVID-19 vaccine priority is given to the richest,” Francis said during his weekly general audience at the Vatican, which was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.“It would be sad,” he added, “if the vaccine became property of such and such nation and not universal for everyone.”The pope noted how COVID-19 “has uncovered the plight of the poor and the great inequality that reigns in the world.”“The pandemic is a crisis. You don’t come out of it the same — either better or worse,” he said. “We must come out better.”6:34 a.m.: India records 1,092 more deathsIndia’s health ministry recorded 1,092 additional coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide toll to 52,889.The latest single-day rise in fatalities is lower than India’s record of 2,003 deaths reported on June 16.The country of 1.3 billion people has the world’s fourth-highest death toll from COVID-19, behind the United States, Brazil and Mexico, according to a real-time tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.More than 2.7 million people in India have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began — the third-highest count in the world.5:39 a.m.: ‘We are not seeing a surge in community cases,’ says New Zealand PMNew Zealand reported six new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, five of which were locally transmitted and are linked to a cluster of cases in the country’s most populous city.The national total now stands at 1,299 cases, 96 of which are active, according to data published on the health ministry’s website.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the latest figures were “encouraging.”“At this stage, we are not seeing a surge in community cases,” Ardern said at a press conference Wednesday. “We have not seen any new cases outside of that identified Auckland cluster.”Health officials are still investigating how the outbreak in Auckland started after the country went 102 days without any local transmission. The new cluster of cases was discovered there last week, prompting authorities to impose a two-week lockdown in the region and to reschedule national elections.4:45 a.m.: France will require face masks in offices starting next monthFrance’s labor ministry announced Tuesday that face masks will be required in enclosed shared office spaces starting Sept. 1, citing an “upsurge” in COVID-19 cases.Mask will not be mandatory in individual offices so long as only one person is present, the ministry said.The wearing of face masks is already compulsory in public indoor spaces across France. Several cities, including Paris and Marseille, have imposed mask requirements in some outdoor areas, such as popular beaches.There were 2,238 new cases of COVID-19 identified in France on Tuesday, according to the health ministry, which is requiring on-the-spot tests for travelers coming from over a dozen nations with active virus circulation, including the United States. 3:50 a.m.: US reports more than 1,300 new deaths in a single dayThere were 44,813 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Tuesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Tuesday’s tally is well below the country’s record set on July 16, when 77,255 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.An additional 1,324 coronavirus-related deaths were also recorded Tuesday — a nearly threefold increase from the previous day but still under the record 2,666 new deaths that were reported on April 17.A total of 5,482,602 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 171,823 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.While week-over-week comparisons show that the nationwide number of new cases has continued to decrease in recent weeks, the number of new deaths has increased, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, obtained by ABC News on Tuesday night. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Cameron finds his own path

first_imgPULL-QUOTE “It really does separate the wheat from the chaff,” Cameron Cutler on the Hoof and Hook competition. PRECEDE The…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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In Pictures: The Taoiseach’s day in Donegal

first_imgTaoiseach Leo Varadkar had a whistle-stop trip through Donegal on Tuesday for multiple engagements and community meetings.From jobs boosts to bridges to MICA buildings and Brexit talks, here is a snapshot of what Varadkar got up to in Donegal:E+I EngineeringPhoto by Lorcan Doherty. Via Brown O’ConnorThe Taoiseach’s day began on a positive note with the announcement of 90 new jobs at E+I Engineering in Burnfoot. Varadkar spoke to hundreds of staff on the factory floor about the boost the €9.5million investment and support from Enterprise Ireland will bring to the region.Read more here:  www.donegaldaily.com/2018/09/11/success-story-of-ei-engineering-strengthened-with-jobs-boostAn Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, with Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland and Philip O’Doherty, managing director, E+I Engineering. Photo by Lorcan DohertyAn Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at his visit to the E+I Engineering to announce 90 new jobs.Photo by Lorcan DohertyAn Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, with Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland and Philip O’Doherty, managing director, E&I Engineering, during his visit to the Donegal based company to announce 90 new jobs. Photo by Lorcan DohertyCockhill BridgeVaradkar officially opened the new Cockhill Bridge in Buncrana at 12noon. The new €3.15 million bridge replaces a 200 year old bridge which is being retained for pedestrian and cyclist crossings.Speaking at the official opening, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said “I am delighted to be here today in Donegal for the official opening of Cockhill Bridge, which will have a position impact on the daily lives of people living not just in Buncrana but right across the Inishowen peninsula.” Read more here: www.donegaldaily.com/2018/09/11/e3-million-well-spent-taoiseach-officially-opens-cockhill-bridgeAn Taoiseach Leo Varadkar officially opening the new Cockhill Bridge in Buncrana on Tuesday with Minister for State Joe McHugh TD and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill.Cathaoirleach of Inishowen MD Cllr. Martin Farren with councillors of the Inishowen Municipal District, Council staff including Senior Engineer Brendan O’Donnell, Senior Executive Engineer Seamus Hopkins and staff from the Council’s Roads and Transportation DirectorateThe new Cockhill Bridge in BuncranaCllr Martin Farren, Cathaoirleach of Inishowen MD speaking at the official opening of the new Cockhill Bridge in Buncrana on Tuesday.Councillors of the Inishowen Municipal District with Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council and Deputy Charlie McConalogueCouncillors of the Inishowen Municipal District with Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill and Deputy Charlie McConalogue TD along with members of the local community at the new Cockhill Bridge in Buncrana which was officially opened by An Taoiseach Leo VaradkarBuncrana Tidy TownsVaradkar did not fit a visit to Swan Park into his itinerary today, but he accepted a letter from Buncrana Tidy Towns Chair Paddy McLaughlin at Cockhill Bridge. The open letter calls for the funding to restore the much-loved amenity.Read more: www.donegaldaily.com/2018/09/11/fresh-hopes-for-swan-park-as-taoiseach-receives-communitys-call-for-fundingTaoiseach Leo Varadkar is presented with a letter calling for the restoration of Swan Park. Photo Rachel McLaughlinBuncrana Tidy Towns representatives: Paddy McLaughlin, Gerard Porter, and Willie McKinney. Photo Rachel McLaughlinMeeting MICA Action GroupThe Taoiseach and Minister Joe McHugh attended a private meeting at the MICA-affected home of a family in the locality. The emotional meeting was hailed as a positive step towards the group’s campaign for a redress scheme.Read more: www.donegaldaily.com/2018/09/11/mica-action-group-heartened-by-taoiseachs-comments-on-redress-scheme/ Mica Action Group members meet with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister Joe McHughTaoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister Joe McHugh see the effects of MICA on an Inishowen home.Letterkenny Chamber Business LunchThe Taoiseach was the guest speaker at the Letterkenny Chamber President’s Lunch in the Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny. Brexit was a key issue on the agenda. Varadkar said the Government is ‘working tirelessly to get the best possible deal for this country’, while Chamber President Leonard Watson called for a steadfast commitment to his words.Read more: www.donegaldaily.com/2018/09/11/taoiseach-promises-best-brexit-deal-possible-at-letterkenny-businessCllr Seamus O Domhnaill, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Leonard Watson, Minister Joe McHugh and Toni Forrester at the Letterkenny Business Lunch. Photo Clive WassonLetterkenny secondary school students with their Principals at the Letterkenny Chamber Lunch with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD. Photo Clive WassonDoengal Women in Business with An Taoiseach at the Letterkenny Chamber Lunch. Photo Clive WassonGuests at the Letterkenny Chamber Lunch with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD. Photo Clive WassonPaul Hannigan, LYIT, Ciaran Harvey Pramerica, Charlie McConalogue, TD, Jennifer McKeever, Londonderry Chamber President, Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, Leonard Watson, Letterkenny Chamber President, Toni Forrester, Chamber CEO, and Minister Joe McHugh. Photo Clive WassonCllr Seamus O’Domhnaill, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, Leonard Watson, Letterkenny Chamber President , Minister Joe McHugh and Toni Forrester, Letterkenny CEO Chamber. Photo Clive WassonDonegal Business Network members Susan Stevenson, Tracey Peoples, Gareth McLarnon, Darren Donaghy, Aidan Cannon, Adelin Galligan, Bert Galbraith and Heather Peoples at the Letterkenny Chamber Lunch with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD. Photo Clive WassonClare McNickle, Tonie Forester and Clare Mc Donough at the Letterkenny Chamber Lunch with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD. Photo Clive WassonKarolien Sweeney, Mary Sweeney, Ben Sweeney and Raymond Sweeney at the Letterkenny Chamber Lunch with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD. Photo Clive WassonMoya McCrossan, Charlene Shongo, Emma McHugh and Melisa McHugh at the Letterkenny Chamber Lunch with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD. Photo Clive WassonLaurence Blake and John Watson at the Letterkenny Chamber Lunch with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD. Photo Clive WassonSusan Stevenson and Heatehr Peoples at the Letterkenny Chamber Lunch with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD. Photo Clive WassonJohn Watson, Deirdre Bradley, Carndonagh and Jimmy Stafford at the Letterkenny Chamber Lunch with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD. Photo Clive WassonAn Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD adressing business at the Letterkenny Chamber Lunch with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD. Photo Clive Wassonat the Letterkenny Chamber Lunch with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD. Photo Clive WassonDoreen Sheridan Kennedy discussing the Budget and priorities for teachers with Taoiseach Leo VaradkarIn Pictures: The Taoiseach’s day in Donegal was last modified: September 11th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:eventsgallerypicture specialtaoiseach leo varadkarlast_img read more

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Soweto to Oxford and beyond

first_imgTamara O’ReillyIf the Rhodes Scholarship Trust were looking for a poster boy, Nhlanhla Dlamini would probably make the cut.As the latest recipient of the generous and prestigious Rhodes scholarship, 23-year-old Dlamini possesses all the certificates, medals, blazers and fancy “colours” that have come to be expected of applicants.The scholarship, founded by Cecil John Rhodes more than a century ago, will see him begin reading for his Masters in African Studies in September 2008 at University of Oxford, England. Dlamini views this as a vital step in achieving his goal of playing an active role in the broader development of his community, and ultimately Africa.“I understand that my analysis of Africa’s problems is incomprehensive. It is this acknowledgment that leads me to want to pursue a Masters in African Studies,” he says. “It will broaden my knowledge of African economics, history and sociology – three essential areas in understanding Africa’s context and challenges. By being in a class that will explore socio-economic concepts in Africa, I will be able to deepen my passion for my continent by grounding it in evidence and research.”His selection, over several other hopefuls from the Gauteng, North West, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga regions who no doubt displayed credentials that were also admirable, has not surprisingly been stunning.“I am extremely grateful at this stage to all those who have influenced me and contributed to moulding me into the person I am today,” says Dlamini. “Everyone has been overwhelmingly congratulatory and happy for me. It’s been a humbling reminder just how many friends and family members I have who are always rooting for me.”‘Resigned to a life of hardship’Although he was born in Soweto, at age seven his family moved to a traditionally white suburb and he was transferred to a multiracial school.Beyond the challenges of acculturation, both his parents were also retrenched from their jobs in the early 1990s, resulting in significant financial woes for his family.“I was convinced at the time that my family and I were resigned to a life of hardship,” says Dlamini.In 1992, what he calls a “seemingly small event” changed his outlook on what he could achieve academically.“At the end of Standard One [now Grade Three], I was invited to a prizegiving. I knew nothing of prize giving or what actually happens at such evenings. It turned out I was awarded the “Most Conscientious Student “ award. For the first time since I had moved to my new school, my background didn’t matter. It didn’t matter that I came to school in a jalopy or that I was part of an awkward minority in the school.”By the end of his secondary education at Marist Brothers College in 2001, Dlamini finished top of his class with five distinctions and full academic colours. He had also by then amassed several other awards in the areas of academics and community work. In Grade 11, he became the first pupil in the school’s history to be awarded an Honours Blazer, an accolade usually reserved for final year students.In 2002 he enrolled for a BCom Degree in Information Systems at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He graduated cum laude, making the Dean’s Merit List every year and pronounced Wits University Council’s Academic Merit Scholar from 2002 to 2004.Dlamini is an avid sportsman with several school and university captaincies to his name in the games of rugby and soccer. He is a national silver medalist in martial arts.He is currently employed in Atlanta, USA as a consultant for McKinsey & Company, a firm that advises leading companies on strategies around operations, staff and advancing their business.Dlamini returns to South Africa in March 2008 and he has left the six months remaining until he begins at Oxford without serious commitment for now, affording him well-deserved time to “tie up loose ends and perhaps take a road trip through the country”.Useful linksRhodes Scholarship WebsiteWits Universitylast_img read more

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AICPA Requests IRS Change, Delay Partnership Audit Rules; More Regulations Expected

first_imgDuring an IRS hearing on  September 18 the AICPA recommended changes to improve the proposed rules on partnership audits. The hearing focused on the centralized partnership audit regime put in place by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA) (P.L. 114-74 ). The IRS issued the proposed regulations earlier this year NPRM REG-136118-15 The BBA regime replaces the current partnership audit procedures under the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA). They are effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. Sarah Allen-Anthony, Crowe Horwath LLP testified on behalf of the AICPA that the proposed rules are a significant change from current law. Allen-Anthony is a member of the AICPA’s Partnership Tax Technical Resource Panel.“A bedrock principle of partnership taxation is that all items of income and expense flow through to the partnership’s owners, including adjustments related to IRS audits,” Allen-Anthony said. “The regime replaces this long-standing method with one where the default mechanism requires the partnership to pay any additional tax due, resulting in significant administrative and accounting complexities.”Push-OutsThe AICPA recommends that the IRS allow for the push-out of audit adjustments through a tiered partnership structure. Generally, the AICPA dislikes limitations on tiers or number of partners. Such limitations result in partners paying an inappropriate amount of taxes, Allen-Anthony testified. However, the IRS did not provide rules on tiered partnership push-outs in the proposed regulations.AppealsAllen-Anthony also noted that the current rules do not allow partnerships to challenge IRS determinations with the IRS Office of Appeals. According to Allen-Anthony, the appeals process is a “vital option” because it allows taxpayers to resolve an issue without having to go to Tax Court.Earlier this year, the AICPA sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen asking them to work with Congress to enact legislation delaying the new regime’s effective date until December 31, 2018. According to the AICPA, the IRS is not likely to have all the guidance taxpayers will need before the end of the year.More Audit RulesMoreover, the Treasury is expecting to propose more rules on the centralized partnership audit regime before the years end. A Department official, reportedly speaking at an American Bar Association Section of Taxation Meeting in Austin, Texas a few days prior, said Treasury’s goal is to “try to no-brackets propose regulations this year…”The official also commented on a potential partnership audit appeals process, according to several reports. The Treasury will provide guidance in the future on a dispute resolution and appeals process. However, it still grappling with how that process will take shape, according to the official.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffNeed CPE? CCH CPELink has great programs on partnership auditsLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal participates in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

first_imgSaina Nehwal also urged all to actively participate in the movement initiated by PM Narendra ModiIndia’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal Thursday participated in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan programme organized by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL).She led the Walkathon organised by BPCL at the territory office and also took part in sweeping the road.Saina, who is a BPCL sportsperson, thanked Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan for having nominated her as one of the brand ambassadors of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. She said she was happy to accept the responsibility and vowed to work for the noble cause.Saina Nehwal during Swachh Bharat Abhiyan programmeShe urged all to actively participate in the movement initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and make India a clean and green country.”Parents should inculcate the habit of cleanliness and personal hygiene in the children right from a tender age,” she saidShe also nominated her present coach Vimal Kumar, her former coach Pullela Gopichand, badminton players Guru Dutt Sai, Parupalli Kashyap and PV Sindhu to carry forward the clean India movement.BPCL officials, dealers, distributors and their staff along with contractors and vendors participated in the Walkathon.last_img read more

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College coaches need lesson in loyalty

When college football coaches go out and recruit high school stars, they promise parents that they will look after the player and be a “father figure” of sorts. Coaches preach commitment and dedication to their players. The players buy into it. Football becomes their life. They believe in the program’s “principles.” Their coaches have lengthy, hefty contracts and tell the players that they aren’t going anywhere. Next thing the players know, their “father figure” is gone.College football head coaches are changing as much these days as health care bill proposals. The eerie thing is that they’re well-versed in the same political cheap talk.Heck, Alabama head honcho Nick Saban, who just recently directed the Crimson Tide to their first national title in 17 years, is no stranger to flip-flopping. On Dec. 21, 2006, Saban said, “I guess I have to say it. I’m not going to be the Alabama coach.” On Jan. 4, 2007, Saban was introduced as Alabama’s next head coach.Within the past few months, the nation’s top programs have been through coaching drama normally reserved for Hollywood stars and “Jersey Shore.” Florida’s Urban Meyer abruptly resigned citing health issues and stated he wanted to spend more time with his family. The next day he had a change of heart, and said he would take a “leave of absence” but still coach the Gators in the Sugar Bowl. It is basically a foregone conclusion that Meyer will be on the sidelines this fall, and ESPN cameras even spotted him texting at the Kentucky-Florida basketball game last week.Coaches spend hours upon hours preaching team unity and forming bonds with their teammates, encouraging them to spend time with one another.Kansas’s Mark Mangino, Texas Tech’s Mike Leach and South Florida’s Jim Leavitt, all of whom recently led their school’s programs to unprecedented success, were all fired for player mistreatment.Mangino, allegedly verbally abused his players regularly, including wide receiver Raymond Brown. After he dropped a pass in a game, Brown claims Mangino told him, “If you don’t shut up, I’m going to send you back to St. Louis so you can get shot with your homies.” Leach reportedly ordered that concussed sophomore wide receiver Adam James, son of ESPN analyst and Southern Methodist legend Craig James, be kept in a dark equipment garage/closet of sorts during practice. Leavitt is accused of grabbing a player by the throat and slapping him in the face at halftime of a Nov. 21 game. Where is the love?Then there’s the disaster that the University of Southern California has become. Ever since Pete Carroll was hired, the Trojans have been at the forefront of college football, but sometimes not for the right reasons. Now reports are out that former USC assistant coach Dave Watson received prescriptions from USC doctors to supply his apparent addiction to painkillers, and claims Carroll allowed him to keep his job. A few months later Watson pleaded no contest to DUI.  Where is Carroll now? He was introduced as the new head of the Seattle Seahawks last week, apparently running away from his problems.As for the players, questions still remain about former running back and Heisman trophy winner Reggie Bush’s relationship with marketing agents and former running back Joe McKnight was forced to sit out of the Emerald Bowl because he could not be cleared by USC’s compliance department following his alleged use of a gifted SUV. I love college football. I love wasting my Saturdays watching it. But the way the sport treats the players is despicable.Coaches have “contracts” that really don’t mean anything. The players put in the work and make their coaches look good, and don’t get paid. Do I know what to do? Absolutely not, but something has to happen. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go vomit; Lane Kiffin was just announced as the new USC coach after spending one measly year at Tennessee. read more

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Buyer beware Ohio State mens basketball facing counterfeit ticket problem

There’s a counterfeiter on the loose — so have your wits about you when purchasing tickets for Ohio State men’s basketball. The OSU athletic department acknowledged a recent uptick in the number of counterfeit tickets that have appeared at the turnstiles for men’s hoops games this season in a Thursday statement. OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg said the counterfeiters are reproducing season-ticket ticket stubs. Wallenberg said the fake tickets are convincing. “About 50 tickets a game are found to be counterfeit,” Wallenberg said in an email to The Lantern. “They are high quality reproductions.” The Thursday release from OSU said fans are encouraged to purchase tickets directly from the university, ohiostatebuckeyes.com or Ticketmaster. Two of the Buckeyes’ four remaining home games are sold out — the team’s Feb. 11 date with Michigan State and the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 25 or 26 — and fans should use the Buckeyes’ TicketExchange on the athletics website, the release said. Ohio State Police did not immediately respond The Lantern’s request for comment regarding the counterfeit tickets. OSU returns to action with a Saturday away game against the Badgers, which is set to tip at 2 p.m. OSU’s next home game is Tuesday against Purdue. Two-thousand tickets are still available for purchase for the game against the Boilermakers. read more

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