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Contractor taken to hospital after construction accident

first_imgA contractor working on the Campus Crossroads construction project suffered non life-threatening injuries after a construction accident around 10 a.m. Wednesday, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said in an email.The contractor, a 31-year-old male, was hit in the head by a hose pouring concrete and taken to Memorial Hospital. Brown said the University had no further information to release at the time of the email. The Campus Crossroads project began construction in November 2014, and this is the first related accident reported to the public. Tags: Campus Crossroads, Constructionlast_img read more

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Payments: The choice is theirs

first_imgThose old predictions of a cashless society seem to draw nothing more than a shrug these days. While once a trendy piece of prognostication, these days it’s hard to find anyone who actually expects cash to disappear. And so it is with the increasing array of payment options. More choices, even as traditional payment instruments remain stubbornly resilient.By the numbers, according to the Fed: Payments by check have declined to a record low –about 20 billion. Use of payment cards continues to grow at a steady rate. Annual debit card transactions are approaching 50 billion, while credit card transactions continue to grow, albeit at a slower rate – now about 25 billion per year. There are about 20 billion ACH transactions annually, and the fastest growing payment instrument is prepaid cards, now exceeding 10 billion transactions annually.The Federal Reserve also reports that one in six checks were deposited in the form of an electronic image. The increasing availability of mobile remote check deposit has created even more electronic check activity, driving a significant portion of ACH growth.20 billion, 25 billion, 50 billion, 10 billion. Doesn’t look like any of these payment methods are going away anytime soon – despite persistent predictions that mobile payments will take over the world. How many industry newsletters and conference speakers have fervently pointed out that “kids today” do everything on their phones? That the millennial generation will soon make mobile payments the norm and replace the cards you hold in your wallet. Heck, they’ll even replace your wallet! These mobile payment predictions fly in the face of the persistence of traditional and established payment methods. Oh, and by the way, the highest percentage of cash users are 18-24 year olds.According to the Diary of Consumer Payment Choice (DCPC), cash is still dominant for many types of transactions, and remains widely used for retail purchases. And cash is the payment method of choice for a growing population of self-served consumers who are not affiliated with traditional financial services providers. It’s actually older consumers who prefer payment cards and checks over cash.The fact is, consumers, your members, in the aggregate will continue to use all of these payment methods for a long time to come. As the data demonstrates, product life cycles in the payments world are long and persistent. In order to meet the service demands of our credit union members, we have to offer the full range of payment products, along with the facilities and services that support them. This includes those more recent market entrants – mobile payments, P2P, eCommerce, remote check deposit, on-line banking, contactless systems.Consumers will choose their payment method based on the circumstance, convenience, access and utility.Here’s what I’m predicting in the next few years. I’ll be paying a lot of my bills on my PC using my credit union’s online banking system. Every now and then I’ll need to pay something quickly, and use my tablet from my regular seat at Starbucks – where I purchased my grande, vanilla latte with my smartphone. Fully caffeinated, I’ll pick up that blouse I’ve had my eye on using my chip equipped credit card, and on the way home I’ll stop at the grocery and pay with my debit card. Except that I like that balsamic chicken dish they make at Whole Foods, so I’ll pick some up for dinner using ApplePay. Someone else will do the same things, just a little differently. And the whole time I’ll have some cash in my purse. You? 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kim Cromer Ms. Cromer is responsible for strategic alliances with both current and new prospective clients. She is involved in building, generating, and maintaining relationships with these clients. Ms. Cromer has over … Web: Detailslast_img read more

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Reclaim abandoned Amsterdam homes

first_imgThe blight is in every neighborhood. Thieves have gained entry and extracted copper tubing. But there exists more to be reclaimed. The blight could be turned around to an advantage.  Even though barns serve as the most common source of reclaimed wood, the possibility of reusing house beams is real. In Amsterdam’s heyday, 1880 to 1940, when 29 millionaires resided in the city, many homes were constructed with rich embellishments and long-lasting hardwood. This fact should be acted upon by the city.To execute the plan, a knowledge of earlier construction patterns should be learned. Some local educational facility could offer the course. How to go about taking out the molding, newel posts and lighting fixtures would be part of it. Bricks are other sought-after items can be added to the list of potential profit. Next, storage of these reclaimed items could easily be found in one of the many empty factory buildings. Some of the advantages would be to lessen the cost to the taxpayers and the environmental harm that dumping the demolished structures causes. The recycled parts would provide sturdy and unique alternatives to the imported plastic products found on today’s shelves. The list would go on as to what is salvageable. Let’s capitalize on what is real and a detriment and turn it into a reclamation campaign.Jacqueline MurphyFort JohnsonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion What is the most abundant resource in our area?Broom corn is no longer tilled on the River Islands. The hardwood forests have been cut down for a variety of products, one of which was lumber for buildings. However, limestone that was cut from the earth hundreds of years ago is still being quarried for road construction material. But when honestly discussing what we have in surplus, Amsterdam’s abandoned homes are at the top of the list.last_img read more

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Survey reveals SMEs’ spirallin

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urged to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid and West Ham ace Declan Rice

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to enjoy a busy summer transfer window (Picture: Getty)Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been urged to sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale and West Ham star Declan Rice during the summer transfer window.The Red Devils endured a dismal season, finishing sixth in the Premier League, 32 points adrift of champions and rivals Manchester City.Solskjaer is expected to bolster his squad with a number of signings this summer and Arsenal hero Alan Smith believes United should attempt to sign Bale and Rice.Wales international Bale is expected to leave Real Madrid this summer, while Rice is also being linked with a departure after his fine season at the London Stadium.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Gareth Bale would be an attractive signing,’ Smith told Sky Sports. ‘If he did join then you’d think Anthony Martial would have to leave, and might Lukaku leave too?‘Bale would cost a lot of money and would excite the fans. He can’t get in the Real Madrid team but he would certainly improve United’s attack.‘United have been linked with Declan Rice and they should be in the market for a defensive midfielder. Nemanja Matic has seen his best days.‘Manchester United will have to be quite shrewd this summer.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 17 May 2019 10:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link334Shares Comment Gareth Bale is expected to leave Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Smith also believes Manchester United need to bolster Solskjaer’s defensive options, questioning whether Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are good enough for the Red Devils.‘The defence needs work,’ he added. ‘They conceded far too many goals this season.‘As a manager you want to know what your best defence is and I don’t think anybody has really played well enough to nail down a place, although Victor Lindelof has showed some good form.‘You have people like Chris Smalling and Phil Jones who have been there forever; are they the kind of players who will win you the league?center_img Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urged to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid and West Ham ace Declan Rice Advertisement Man Utd have also been linked with West Ham’s Declan Rice (Picture: Getty)‘There is a big rebuilding job to do defensively. All the best defenders will be highly sought after and United won’t be head of the queue because they aren’t in the Champions League.’As well as signing a number of players this summer, Manchester United are expected to offload several stars, with Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez linked with departures.And Smith said: ‘Can they get some players off the book? Can they sell Pogba for big money to give themselves more cash in the transfer market?‘Can they sell Sanchez? That could be difficult due to his wages, which is a problem.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘And finally, is Solskjaer the right person to attract big players? I think the manager does play a big part in the recruitment.‘United are still a very attractive club to join and they pay huge salaries, but they are not in the Champions League so that does make it more difficult.’Manchester United enjoyed a fine run in the immediate aftermath of Solskjaer’s arrival at Old Trafford but results and performances quickly fell away.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Red Devils failed to win any of their last Premier League fixtures as they dropped to sixth, five points below fourth-placed Tottenham.MORE: Jurgen Klopp told his two priority signings this summerlast_img read more

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UK institution backs Invesco’s pan-European long-lease strategy

first_imgInvesco Real Estate has bought a portfolio of four mid-market InterCityHotels in Germany for a UK institutional investor as part of a pan-European long-lease strategy.The €80m investment is, Invesco said, a long-term play for the client, with average leases of between 15 and 25 years.The hotels, in Darmstadt, Mainz, Rostock and the Frankfurt Airport, come with 30-year hybrid leases to operator Steigenberger Hotels.Long-lease strategies have been very popular recently with UK pension funds pursuing liability-driven investment (LDI) strategies, but most are focused on the UK property market. Invesco told IP Real Estate last year that it had been devising a pan-European long-lease strategy.The fund manager was unable to reveal the identify of the UK investor behind its new mandate.According to Mark Socker, senior director of hotel fund management at Invesco, the German hotel market is a “relatively stable and attractive marketplace”.Invesco said it had a number of mandates with an allocation to the hotel sector and was assessing other opportunities across Europe – with a focus on mid-market (3-4 star) hotels.“This part of the sector offers the optimal risk/reward balance,” Socker said.Global hotel consultancy HVS London estimates that total hotel transactions across Europe reached a value of €7.7bn last year – up 39% on 2012 and at their highest point since 2007.last_img read more

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How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies

first_imgNew York Times 27 August 2016Family First Comment: A must-read for all parents..“Many parents intuitively understand that ubiquitous glowing screens are having a negative effect on kids. We see the aggressive temper tantrums when the devices are taken away and the wandering attention spans when children are not perpetually stimulated by their hyper-arousing devices. Worse, we see children who become bored, apathetic, uninteresting and uninterested when not plugged in.But it’s even worse than we think….”There’s a reason that the most tech-cautious parents are tech designers and engineers. Steve Jobs was a notoriously low-tech parent. Silicon Valley tech executives and engineers enroll their kids in no-tech Waldorf Schools. Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page went to no-tech Montessori Schools, as did Amazon creator Jeff Bezos and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.Many parents intuitively understand that ubiquitous glowing screens are having a negative effect on kids. We see the aggressive temper tantrums when the devices are taken away and the wandering attention spans when children are not perpetually stimulated by their hyper-arousing devices. Worse, we see children who become bored, apathetic, uninteresting and uninterested when not plugged in.But it’s even worse than we think.We now know that those iPads, smartphones and Xboxes are a form of digital drug. Recent brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex — which controls executive functioning, including impulse control — in exactly the same way that cocaine does. Technology is so hyper-arousing that it raises dopamine levels — the feel-good neurotransmitter most involved in the addiction dynamic — as much as sex.This addictive effect is why Dr. Peter Whybrow, director of neuroscience at UCLA, calls screens “electronic cocaine” and Chinese researchers call them “digital heroin.” In fact, Dr. Andrew Doan, the head of addiction research for the Pentagon and the US Navy — who has been researching video game addiction — calls video games and screen technologies “digital pharmakeia” (Greek for drug).That’s right — your kid’s brain on Minecraft looks like a brain on drugs. No wonder we have a hard time peeling kids from their screens and find our little ones agitated when their screen time is interrupted. In addition, hundreds of clinical studies show that screens increase depression, anxiety and aggression and can even lead to psychotic-like features where the video gamer loses touch with reality.In my clinical work with over 1,000 teens over the past 15 years, I have found the old axiom of “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” to be especially true when it comes to tech addiction. Once a kid has crossed the line into true tech addiction, treatment can be very difficult. Indeed, I have found it easier to treat heroin and crystal meth addicts than lost-in-the-matrix video gamers or Facebook-dependent social media addicts.According to a 2013 Policy Statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics, 8- to 10 year-olds spend 8 hours a day with various digital media while teenagers spend 11 hours in front of screens. One in three kids are using tablets or smartphones before they can talk. Meanwhile, the handbook of “Internet Addiction” by Dr. Kimberly Young states that 18 percent of college-age internet users in the US suffer from tech addiction.Once a person crosses over the line into full-blown addiction — drug, digital or otherwise — they need to detox before any other kind of therapy can have any chance of being effective. With tech, that means a full digital detox — no computers, no smartphones, no tablets. The extreme digital detox even eliminates television. The prescribed amount of time is four to six weeks; that’s the amount of time that is usually required for a hyper-aroused nervous system to reset itself. But that’s no easy task in our current tech-filled society where screens are ubiquitous. A person can live without drugs or alcohol; with tech addiction, digital temptations are everywhere.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Ajax defender collapses during pre-season friendly

first_img Read Also: Maguire out of England squad after being found guilty of assault, bribery “Daley Blind’s ICD went off. He got subbed off straight away and he is feeling OK now, he is feeling fine,” Ten Hag told Dutch TV station Ziggo Sport. “We will do research about this now.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Ajax and Netherlands defender Daley Blind collapsed during Tuesday’s pre-season friendly against Hertha Berlin. Blind, 30, was diagnosed with a heart condition in December 2019 after suffering from dizziness during a Champions League game against Valencia. The former Manchester United player returned to action in February after having an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) fitted. Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag said Blind was feeling “OK” after being substituted.center_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?last_img read more

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Park Jefferson date kicks off four-night IMCA Dirt Knights Tour swing

first_imgAll six Dirt Knights Tour events, as well as the Aug. 6 Harris Clash for IMCA Modifieds and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods at Deer Creek Speedway, will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. At Britt, pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand at Jefferson opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. and racing is at 7 p.m.  All four events are Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot-qualifying races, as is the $1,500 to win Iron Cup/Midwest Madness Tour makeup that precedes the Dirt Knights card at Park Jefferson. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods also run during that portion of the program.  IMCA Modifieds run for $1,500 to win in tour events at Jefferson and on Tuesday, July 23 at Han­cock County Speedway in Britt, then for a top prize of $2,000 Wednesday, July 24 at Buena Vista Raceway at Alta, in an event that doubles as the Al Ritts Memorial. The Fairmont date is the Bob Shryock Memorial and the first event in the tour’s 10-year history to be held in Minnesota. JEFFERSON, S.D. (July 14) – The Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour journeys out of state for the first time this season, traveling to Park Jefferson Speedway for a Monday, July 22 show that opens a four-night swing. Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods run all four nights; Mach-1 Sport Compacts are on Wednesday and Thursday cards Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 40; 2. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 39; 3. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, 38; 4. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, 37; 5. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 36; 6. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 35; 7. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown, 34; 8. Kyle Brown, Madrid, 33; 9. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, 32; 10. Troy Cordes, Dunker­ton, 31; 11. Todd Shute, Norwalk, 30; 12. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., 29; 13. Jeff Lar­son, Freeport, Ill., 28; 14. Brock Bauman, Eureka, Ill., 27; 15. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., 26; 16. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, 25; 17. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, 24; 18. Jacob Hobscheidt, Plattsmouth, Neb., 23; 19. Ryan Jenkins, Omaha, Neb., 22; 20. R.J. Merchant, Sioux City, 21. Pit gates and the grandstand open at 5 p.m. at Alta with 6:45 p.m. hot laps preceding racing. Night number four is Thursday, July 25 at Kossuth County Speedway in Algona. That feature pays $1,500 to the winner. And at Algona, pit gates and the grandstand open at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.  Fifteen hundred to win events follow on Monday, Aug. 5 at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spen­cer, hometown of tour title sponsor Arnold Motor Supply, and Wednesday, Aug. 7 at Fairmont Raceway.last_img read more

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Woods makes cut at Sawgrass

first_imgFormer world number one Tiger Woods celebrated keeping a proud record alive in the Players Championship – and then insisted he could still win a third title at Sawgrass. Woods punched the air when the vital birdie putt dropped and later explained his reaction, telling Sky Sports: “I figured it was probably not going to go to one over. We knew that playing the last couple of holes I needed to make birdie on one of the last two holes and I did. “I haven’t got a lot out of my rounds. Each round I should have been probably a few under par. I just need to start capitalising on my opportunities.” Woods has started just four events in 2015, shooting a career-worst score of 82 to miss the cut in the first of them and withdrawing through injury after just 11 holes of the second on February 5. After two months out to work on his game Woods returned to action in the Masters and finished joint 17th at Augusta National, but revealed on Tuesday he had not slept for three days following the end of his relationship with skier Lindsey Vonn. At level par Woods was eight shots behind halfway leaders Kevin Na and veteran Jerry Kelly, with Rickie Fowler, Branden Grace, David Hearn and Chris Kirk two shots behind on six under. “As of right now, if it stays the way it’s at, literally anybody who makes the cut can win the golf tournament,” Woods added. Na held the lead going into the final round in 2012, but was famously heckled by the crowd as he battled the yips – namely struggling to start his swing – in a closing round of 76. “A lot of the guys when you have that they fall off the planet,” Na told reporters after adding a 69 to his opening 67. “They play poorly and nobody really sees and hears about it. The weird thing was I was playing some of my best golf and I couldn’t take the club back, and the whole world saw me do it. “I’m just going to go out there and try to enjoy what’s going on right now, which I have been the first two days. If I keep enjoying myself, the good results are going to come.” World number one Rory McIlroy was four off the lead on four under after a few erratic moments in a second round of 71. McIlroy’s drive on the par-five second was hooked so badly into the trees that it only travelled 137 yards and although he saved par, another wayward drive on the sixth led to a bogey. The 26-year-old pitched to within inches of the hole on the ninth to set up a birdie and also picked up shots on the 11th and 12th, but then hit his second shot to the 16th into the water to run up a bogey six. Ryder Cup team-mate Ian Poulter was alongside McIlroy on four under after a 69, despite being heckled by a spectator behind the 17th green as he went to attempt his par putt. Masters champion Jordan Spieth, playing alongside McIlroy, missed the cut after adding a 72 to his opening 75. Woods had not missed the cut in 16 previous appearances in the so-called ‘fifth major’, although he has withdrawn twice through injury, but looked in danger of an early exit with one hole to play on Friday. However, the 39-year-old birdied the par-five ninth, his final hole, to card a round of 71 and eventually made the cut right on the mark of level par. Press Associationlast_img read more

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