Five Bishop Miege football players test positive for COVID-19

first_imgFive Bishop Miege football players tested positive for COVID-19, Athletic Director Andrew Groene said. Groene confirmed the team had five positive cases the morning of Aug. 26 and are currently quarantining. Bishop Miege opens with a two-week hybrid learning model on Sept. 8, and Groene said the players can attend school just like anyone else once they’re out of their quarantines.“We’re handling this situation just like we’re handling any situation,” Groene said. “It’s not an ‘if,’ it’s a ‘when’ — anybody is going to get sick.”Groene said all football activities are postponed for the time being, and the first game of the season can’t take place until Sept. 18. Groene would not confirm to the Shawnee Mission Post when the quarantine started, but KMBC 9 News reported it began Monday, Aug. 24.The school’s positive cases come after the ongoing conversations of reopening schools throughout Johnson County. Shawnee Mission announced last week all students would begin the school year remotely, and suspended all sports and extracurricular activities three days later.Shawnee Mission’s decision aligns with the determination from Johnson County health officials that in-person learning is unsafe due to the continued spread of COVID-19.  Parents fall on either side of the district’s decision, with some urging Shawnee Mission to take the risk and others supporting the remote learning start.USD 232 in De Soto announced — on the same day as Shawnee Mission — plans to begin the school year remotely before switching to a hybrid learning model following a five-and-a-half hour long discussion. Blue Valley is also taking a hybrid model approach.The Kansas State High School Activities Association on Aug. 28 will make a decision on an alternative fall sports timeline, WIBW 13 in Topeka reports.last_img read more

Top ten credit union buzzwords and phrases that must die (and why)

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: Details Selfie. Congrats. Bestie. At the end of the day. Low-hanging fruit. These are a few of the words and phrases I can’t stand. Through a combination of social media, pop culture, trite politicians and old-fashioned grammatical laziness, our society delights in creating ridiculous buzzwords and phrases. These are just a few of my “fingernails on the chalkboard” favorites. Undoubtedly you have some of your own.Unfortunately, the credit union world is not exempted from this practice. Our shops large and small practically ooze similar buzzwords and phrases. You may have noticed their particular presence, especially during and just after executive team meetings.To help avoid this senseless mistreatment of the English language and elevate the overall discourse in our credit unions, please review the following list of buzzwords and phrases that must die (and why).Disclaimer: I’m guilty of using these words and phrases in my career. That’s why I’m sharing. We can beat this, together.Thought leadership. Yeah, let’s start with this one. People love to toss out the phrase “thought leadership.” Guess what? When someone says that, what they mean is ideas. But for some reason, they feel smarter and more important by taking a simple word and needlessly warping it into two. Just say ideas. It’s a great word and works perfectly well.Cross-sales. Credit unions must evolve from the idea of mere cross-sales into member engagement. While I am generally opposed to changing up words just to sound smarter, this change does make sense for a lot of reasons. The word sales tends to turn off both employees and members. And what we’re doing isn’t selling at all. We are engaging with our members to align the most relevant products and services with their lifestyle.Paradigm. Stop it. Just stop. When people say this, they are trying to sound smarter than people that say trend. You can still say trend. It’s okay. I’m pretty sure if you stand up in an executive team meeting and say “Recent research indicates a shift in trends towards XYZ,” everyone will know what you mean.Boots on the ground. Here’s an example of business people stealing a phrase very meaningful in the military world and co-opting it for the corporate. Yes, we have front-line employees. Yes, they often have their feet on the ground. Yes, very occasionally they may actually be wearing boots of some type and have those boots on the ground. But we do not have boots on the ground in a way that makes sense to say in the credit union world.If you will. For some reason, some people like to say this at the end of roughly 75% of their sentences, especially those sentences uttered when standing in front of a group of coworkers. “We must find a way to improve our products per member ratio, maybe go after more used auto loans, if you will.” Every time I hear this, I’m struck with the wild urge to say, very matter-of-factly, “No, I won’t.” It would be so worth it is to see the look on the other person’s face. You’re asking me if I will? Rhetorically? Then allow my rhetorical response to be “No.” There’s no need to say this at the end of sentence, folks.Incentivize. This. Is. Not. A. Word. Let’s all stop using it. Yes, I know it is fun to say things like “Let’s think about ways to better incentivize our front-line staff.” You know what else is fun to say? Motivate. Motivate makes a whole lot more sense and is actually a word in the English language.30,000 foot view. As in “Let’s take a look at the strategic plan from more of a 30,000 foot view.” This is an example of business people trying to sound more like jet airplane test pilots. Sure, it’s glamorous. But does your boardroom look like the cockpit of an F-22 and could your khaki slacks and sensible shoes pass for a flight suit? I didn’t think so. Just say something more appropriate like “Let’s step back and take a look at the bigger picture here.” Thanks, Maverick. Go get ‘em.Drill down. As in “Get the team together and let’s drill down into these budget numbers.” You know who drills down? Roughnecks on oil rigs and carpenters, mostly. What you really mean to say is “examine carefully” or “take a second look at.” I guess you could say “Let’s look at these budget numbers from a three millimeter view,” but that would violate number seven and most people don’t know what the heck metric is.Literally. This one applies at the office, the dinner table, the school playground, anywhere. Literally has become the new like. For example, “We are literally going to have a meeting about how to literally better connect with our members and we will literally sit there and talk about it literally forever or until someone’s head literally explodes.” The majority of people who use the word literally don’t know its definition. And I don’t care if Google now says it’s okay to use the word this way. If Google jumped off a bridge would you, too?Synergy. I’m pretty sure one of the signs of the coming apocalypse came to pass when a person looked at the words synthesis and energy and decided, for some reason, to smash them together and create this ugly Frankenstein of a word. It’s overused. It’s overdone. It’s overhyped. Just because we can cram synergy into a single sentence 37 times doesn’t mean we’re any smarter than the person in the next chair. This one is a nonnegotiable. Seriously, let’s all stop saying it. The world will be a better place by its omission.Okay, so I may sound a little cranky. But I think you get the point. Credit unions have some of the smartest people in the business world working for them. We also serve some of the best people in the world in our members. Surely, this combination of great people both inside and outside the institution deserves a better take on the language we use. We’re all smarter than this, so let’s start showing it. Literally.What about you? What credit union buzzwords would you like to kill?last_img read more

Online career counseling available

first_imgOnline career counseling available May 1, 2015 Regular News Online career counseling available David Behrend, director of Career Planning Services for Lawyers in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, and Michael Cohen, executive director of Florida Lawyers Assistance, will offer a free career counseling program for lawyers via computer or telephone from the privacy of their home or office. The next session is on Wednesday, May 13, at 11 a.m. The meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month. To log on, go to and click “Join a Meeting” at the top. The meeting ID is 684-399-861. If using a computer, use a headset (any cell phone headset with a microphone will work). If using a telephone, call 213-493-0614, and use access code 684-399-861. A GoToMeeting app is also available for iPhone, iPad, or Android devices. Among those who may benefit from participating are: • Lawyers who are or should be exploring a career or employment change; • Recent law graduates unsure of the next opportunity; • Lawyers returning to the practice after an absence of time; • Older partners or judges searching for their “encore” career; • Lawyers unable to practice at this time; and • Disenchanted lawyers unsure of alternative career options.last_img read more

US flu rise expands across country

first_imgNearly half of US states are reporting widespread flu activity, driven by the 2009 H1N1 virus, which is taking a toll on younger children and working-age adults, according to the latest surveillance and media reports.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said all 10 of its regions are reporting activity above their specific baselines as measured by the percentage of clinic visits for flu-like illness.Also, it said 25 states are reporting geographically widespread activity, up from 10 the previous week. The system the CDC uses to gauge doctor visits for flu in different parts of the country shows that 20 states are reporting high activity, up from 6 the week before.The percentage of respiratory samples that tested positive for flu also rose again, weighing in at 26.7%, up from 24.1% the previous week, the CDC said. About 97% of the viruses were influenza A, and of those subtyped, nearly all (99.2%) were the 2009 H1N1 virus.Another marker that rose again last week was the seasonal cumulative rate of hospitalization for flu, up from 4.3 per 100,000 to 5.8 per 100,000 population. The 2009 H1N1 virus was responsible for 98.2% of the influenza A infections registered in the CDC flu hospitalization tracking system.The most common underlying conditions in adults hospitalized for flu were obesity, metabolic disorders, and cardiovascular disease. For kids they were asthma, obesity, and neurologic conditions. However, 43.5% of hospitalized youngsters had no known chronic medical condition that would make them more vulnerable to flu complications.One marker that stayed below its seasonal baseline was overall deaths from pneumonia and flu. The CDC received two more reports of pediatric flu deaths, raising the season’s total to six. Of the newest deaths, one was related to the 2009 H1N1 virus and the other was from an unsubtyped influenza A virus.Media reports reflect national patternsBrisk flu activity in the United States is also reflected in news headlines. For example, the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) said today in a statement that more than a dozen adults and children are on life support at its hospitals, with most of them young and otherwise healthy. Many were transferred from other hospitals because of their severe infections, and most are infected with the 2009 H1N1 strain, the statement said.The rapid uptick in flu prompted the UMHS to issue temporary visitor restrictions, and it urged the state’s unvaccinated residents to get their flu shots as soon as possible. UMHS said that although the vaccine doesn’t guarantee a person won’t get the flu, it greatly reduces the chances.Lena Napolitano, MD, associate chair for critical care in the University of Michigan department of surgery, said in the statement, “We are seeing the same thing we saw in 2009 and early 2010, with [intensive care units] full of people in their 30s, 40s and 50s who need advanced life support for flu-related illness, except this year, protection has been available since September.” She noted that life-threatening lung and kidney problems, as well as septic shock, are among patients’ flu complications.In southern Texas, Hildago County health officials have confirmed six deaths from the 2009 H1N1 virus since Thanksgiving, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Eduardo Olivarez, chief administrative officer with Hildago County Health and Human Services, told the AP that five of the patients who died were adults, one was a child, and all had underlying medical conditions.Reports of spikes in 2009 H1N1 activity, which began in a handful of southern states last month, have spurred reminders from federal health officials for the public to get vaccinated and for health providers to review antiviral recommendations, especially for patients at high risk for flu complications.The CDC has said that although the 2009 H1N1 disease patterns are similar to those seen during the pandemic years, so far there are no signs of changes in the virus, the brisk flu activity isn’t surprising at this time of year, and it’s not too late for people to be vaccinated.H1N1 marks Mexican, Canadian flu seasons Meanwhile, flu activity—dominated by 2009 H1N1—continues to climb in Mexico and Canada, which triggered an epidemiologic update yesterday from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). It said influenza activity in North America is at expected levels for this time of year and that the 2009 H1N1 virus is circulating like other seasonal flu viruses and merits the same clinical management and response actions.However, PAHO urged member countries to continue surveillance efforts to detect any unusual viral behavior or any new subtypes that emerge. It also urged countries to press ahead with their seasonal flu vaccination efforts.The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said in its latest weekly flu update today that activity has continued to increase sharply over the past 2 weeks and that about 90% of the subtyped viruses are the 2009 H1N1 strain. It noted that a greater proportion of cases have been reported in adults aged 20 to 64 years, a change from last season, when H3N2 was the predominant strain.Two hot spots of widespread activity in Canada are both in Alberta, in the regions near Calgary and Edmonton, according to the PHAC.In Europe, health officials still see no sign of sustained flu activity, with low-intensity activity in reporting countries, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said today. It noted that low levels of reporting over the holiday weeks make it difficult to provide comprehensive analysis of the most recent flu activity.See also:Jan 3 CDC FluView reportJan 2 PAHO epidemiological updateJan 3 PHAC FluWatch reportJan 3 UMHS statementJan 3 AP storyJan 3 ECDC weekly influenza surveillance reportlast_img read more

KYB Names Aaron Shaffer Marketing Manager

first_imgADDISON, IL — KYB America LLC has promoted Aaron Shaffer to the position of marketing manager. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Shaffer began his career at KYB as a territory manager, managing customers in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. Since May of 2004, Shaffer has served as KYB’S customer service manager before being promoted to his current position. A graduate of Northwood University, Shaffer has a B.B.A. in Economics and Management and also holds an A.A. in Automotive Aftermarket Management from Northwood University. For more information about KYB, go to: _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

Littelfuse Elects New Director

first_imgDES PLAINES, IL — Littelfuse, Inc. elected T.J. Chung, 44, to the company’s board of directors. Chung is president and CEO of Navman Wireless, a fleet management solutions and GPS technologies company. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “We are very pleased to welcome T.J. Chung to our board of directors. T.J. has extensive experience with technology companies worldwide, especially in Asia. He also has a strong background in strategic planning, operations, acquisitions and integration activity. We look forward to drawing on his global expertise as we move ahead with our long-term growth strategies and continue to expand our presence in Asia,” said Gordon Hunter, chief executive officer, Littelfuse. Chung recently assumed his current position with Navman Wireless, acquired from the New Technologies Division of Brunswick Corporation. Since 2002, Chung served as the president of the New Technologies Division of Brunswick Corporation. The New Technologies Division delivers electronics and software products and services to multiple vertical markets, including the Asia region, the United States and Europe. Under Chung’s leadership, the division grew rapidly through an acquisition program and organic growth. Prior to that, he served as vice president, Strategy of Brunswick Corporation, where he was responsible for corporate-wide strategic planning, mergers, acquisitions and information technology. Chung has 20 years of executive, global management and technology development experience in electronics and industrial markets. Chung earned his bachelor’s degree in science, electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas-Austin. He also holds a master of science degree in computer science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, and a master of business administration degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Advertisement For more information about littelfuse, go to:,DES PLAINES , IL – Littelfuse has elected William Noglows, 49, to the company’s board of directors. Noglows is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Cabot Microelectronics Corp., a supplier of consumable p rod ucts used in the semiconductor manufacturing process. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Noglows assumed his current position at Cabot Microelectronics Corp. in 2003. Prior to that, he was an executive vice president and general manager at Cabot. In this position, he was responsible for running the company’s $1.2 billion core particle business, which included operations in North and South America , Europe and Asia . Noglows was a primary founder of Cabot Microelectronics, which has been a fully-independent, publicly-traded entity since 2000. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. The company also announced that Bruce Karsh has indicated he will not stand for re-election at the company’s annual meeting in April 2007. Karsh is president and co-founder of Oaktree Capital Management, LLC. For more information about Littelfuse, go to: read more

MPs oppose legal aid cuts

first_img Join our LinkedIn Legal Aid sub-group Consultant David Gilmore, who carried out the research, said: ‘One cabinet minister told me that he was opposed to the reforms but could not go on the record because of collective responsibility. ‘I was also told that a senior Conservative backbencher had been actively campaigning against the proposals behind the scenes.’ Members of parliament have voiced opposition to the government’s proposed legal aid cuts, and warned that the cuts could lead to the closure of many legal advice centres. Fifty-one MPs responded to a survey conducted by consultancy DG Legal for campaign group Justice for All, including 33 Labour MPs and 18 anonymous respondents understood to be MPs belonging to the coalition parties. Nine out of ten respondents said they did not agree with the government’s proposal to end almost all public funding for social welfare law and immigration, and 82% said the reforms could lead to the closure of many citizens advice bureaux, law centres and other advice agencies. Some 88% of MPs expected the reforms to substantially increase their workload. last_img read more


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Free online classes

first_imgThe Matric Masterclasses are held every Saturday, at 10am. Picture Courtney Africa/African News Agency(ANA) Covid-19 has pushed the pause button on visits to the Cape Town Science Centre (CTSC) in Observatory, but the centre has taken science-and-maths learning online for all ages, including free online revision for matrics.The Matric Masterclasses are held every Saturday, at 10am. CTSC director Julie Cleverdon said the centre had consulted Western Cape Education Department curriculum advisors to meet the required standards.Additional programmes include the online science lessons across the grades, quizzes, maths challenges, coding clubs, and do-at-home hands-on science activities.Visit, call Tasneem at 076 268 3621 or email for more information. The CTSC is a registered non-profit organisation and public-benefit organisation.last_img read more

Managers fined over legal aid disbursement misconduct

first_imgManagers of a former firm that failed to pass on legal aid disbursements have each been fined £2,000.A nine-month investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority into east London firm Hereward & Foster found credit balances on the client account totalling £142,558.The balances had arisen as a result of professional disbursements received into the office bank account from the Legal Services Commission (now the Legal Aid Agency) which had not been paid or transferred to the client bank account.As a result, there were unpaid disbursement creditors, the investigation found.In three notices posted on the SRA website, Deborah Adley, Sarah Lerner and Christopher Wilson admitted rule breaches in respect of credit balances, accounting records and failure to undertake proper reconciliations.They each admitted making a ‘fundamental and unacceptable error’ in the mistreatment of professional disbursements.Under a company voluntary arrangement entered into four days after the SRA investigation started in June 2013, the disbursement creditors took precedence for payments and were paid back in full.The SRA also noted that client account reconciliation had outstanding lodgements of £18,000 and outstanding postings of £34,729. The firm had been unable to explain them.The firm’s managers said the reconciliation process was dealt with by them due to the prolonged absence of the practice manager through illness.As a result, they held large caseloads and faced both the pressure of client work as well as financial challenges.Each manager was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £10,000 in total in costs. The firm ceased practising in September 2014.last_img read more