“If you are doing something you really love to do, you are going to put a lot more effort into it, and that effort is going to show in the final product.”Billy Schweim uses that simple philosophy to help make his ESPN 97.3 FM South Jersey radio show a success. And it’s a good thing, too, because longtime Ocean City resident Schweim, 53, puts in virtually all the effort: planning the two-hour show’s structure, booking the guests, selling the advertising and pretty much making it all happen.The end result is “The Locker Room with Billy Schweim” which can be heard every Saturday morning from 10 am to noon. During the course of a show, Schweim will discuss the hot topics of the day in sports and present special regular segments such as the Wave Report with Greg Beck of Surfer Supplies. He banters with co-hosts Josh Henning and his identical twin brother Bob, fields calls from listeners and keeps the lively and entertaining format moving. He says the hardest part of producing the show is booking guests, but that is where his penchant for hard work comes in.“It’s really just networking and getting out there and working the phones. It’s a fine line between letting the guests know you are excited about them and making a nuisance of yourself.”Apparently, Billy strikes the balance well, as his “Hall of Fame” roster of guests will attest. Football’s Mike Quick and Sheldon Brown, hockey’s Mark Howe and Craig Berube, basketball’s Aaron McKie and Phil Martelli, and baseball’s Jeff Francoeur and Garry Maddox are just a few examples. Schweim has a unique ability to make his guests feel at ease and open up for entertaining and insightful chats.Podcasts of interviews, show reviews and updates and sponsor information can be found on Schweim’s website, www.thelockerroomwithbillyschweim.com.“I always liked to talk sports, but to tell you the truth, having my own show was an accident. I kind of backed into it,” he says.In a previous career, Schweim worked 24 years for USAirways in fleet services at the Philadelphia Airport. “It was a good job but a hard, dirty job.” He sustained a serious arm injury on the job, endured several surgeries and finally accepted a buyout from the airline. Suddenly he was faced with a career switch while in his 40s.Schweim decided he wanted to become a history teacher and returned to college. But a funny thing happened on his way to a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University. Needing to earn his final six credits, he took two journalism courses. One of them just happened to be an internship with legendary sports talker Chuck Betson (also an Ocean City resident) and Schweim was instantly hooked on sports talk radio.“I will always be grateful to Chuck for allowing me to get my start in radio,” Schweim said. However, the format of Betson’s show and Schweim’s limited role as an intern left him wanting to do more. He pitched the idea for a show to WIBG radio’s station manager, and he went on the air for the first time in August, 2013. His show moved to ESPN 97.3 in May of 2014.He credits his wife Toni for encouraging him to pursue his passion for sports talk radio. Another inspiration is his new 7-month-old daughter, Alyza Grace.“My wife challenged me and I have to be honest, I probably never would have taken the risk had she not been so supportive,” he said.When he isn’t working on his show, Schweim has put his Rutgers degree to work fulltime as a teaching assistant in the Gloucester County Special Services School District, and commutes between his Ocean City residence and one in Cherry Hill. His passion remains sports talk, and his goal is to work at it fulltime.“My goal isn’t to become rich, but to support my family doing something that I love.”If past performance and work ethic is any indication, don’t bet against Billy Schweim.
BEIJING (AP) — HNA Group, a debt-burdened Chinese airline operator that faced opposition in Washington to its attempt to buy a Wall Street hedge fund during a costly global acquisition spree, says its creditors have asked a court to declare the company bankrupt. HNA said it would cooperate with the court and “actively promote debt disposal.” It gave no details of the company’s status or an indication whether the court agreed to the petition. HNA, which began as a one-plane airline in 1993, was struggling with $75 billion in debt when last year’s shutdown of global travel to fight the coronavirus pandemic devastated its core aviation business.
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Georgia Green Industry Association are inviting veteran nursery and greenhouse growers to “get nerdy” with them this summer at the inaugural Academy of Crop Production, June 12-15 at Hotel Indigo in Athens, Georgia.Organized for greenhouse managers, nursery growers and landscape designers who want a more in-depth educational experience, the three-day Academy of Crop Production will include 18 speakers from 14 universities. “Growers across the nation have been asking for more “high-level” education targeted at nursery managers and owners,” said Paul Thomas, an Extension horticulturist at UGA and one of the academy’s organizers. “There are lots of trade show type programs out there that target introductory-type ideas. But our content is more in-depth and technical, while maintaining that friendly and fun atmosphere that we are known for in the Southeast.”The goal of organizing the academy was to give experienced green industry professionals access to the most cutting-edge crop production research available in a non-academic and fun atmosphere.Topics will include employee management, variety trial reports, the best uses of smart irrigation and unmanned aerial vehicle technology.”It’s going to be a great time for people who love plants and plant production to talk about the challenges and opportunities facing their operations, and to learn from some of the best experts in the field,” said Matt Chappell, an Extension nursery horticulturist with UGA Extension.“It is a jam-packed program meant to focus on new products, technologies and processes that will improve profitability of participants,” Chappell said.In addition to the daytime workshop session, the academy will be punctuated by events to allow participants and their families to socialize, including an opening night gala hosted by GGIA at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, a pool party at UGA’s Legion Pool sponsored by Harrell’s Fertilizer, an evening banquet sponsored by Netafim USA and the UGA Trial Gardens Commercial Open House sponsored by Ball Horticultural.As with most UGA Extension offerings, this conference will offer five to eight credit hours of pesticide continuing education credits and three to five hours of International Society of Arboriculture regional credits (depending upon state) for Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.Registration costs $400 per participant. To register for the academy and to view the full schedule, visit http://t.uga.edu/21R.Discounted room rates for conference participants are available at the Hotel Indigo in downtown Athens. Reservations should be booked separately by calling (706) 546-0430 with hotel booking code “UGA Horticulture Commercial Agriculture.” Conference pricing is available through May 31.
She added: “I would hope we might want to adopt it because, if we want to stay part of a united Europe, that’s an area that makes sense to align ourselves with.“I can’t tell you exactly what’s going to happen, but that would be my best answer for you.”Altmann’s comments were in response to a question from Catherine Howarth, chief executive of ShareAction, a responsible investment campaign organisation that was also co-host of the event.Citing provisions in the IORP II compromise text relating to ESG factors and climate risk, Howarth had asked Altmann to comment on whether the UK government – “whatever happens on the Brexit question” – will ensure that UK pension savers “have the same level protection as other pension savers in the EU”, whether this be through the transposition of the IORP Directive or a new law.The IORP II Directive has still to be passed by the European Parliament, but this is largely seen as a formality, given the agreement reached on a final compromise text. A plenary vote is understood to be due to take place in September, and there is a two-year timeline for member states to implement the directive. The newly agreed revised IORP Directive will have to become UK law despite the vote to leave the European Union, given the overlap between the timetable for transposition of the directive and that for the UK’s remaining an EU member, pensions minister Ros Altmann has suggested.Speaking at an event to mark the passing of two years since the Law Commission released its report on the fiduciary duties of investment intermediaries, Altmann said she was “really proud of work the UK has done within Europe to get the IORP to the place where it has ended up”.She added: “We have protected the UK pensions industry to a large degree. It could have been a pretty big disaster in some ways.”Qualifying her answer to a question about the UK decision on IORP II by saying that “I can’t tell you what is going to happen because, as we all know, nobody knows”, Altmann then said she would expect that, as “we are still in the EU, and we are going to be in the EU for at least another two years, by then, the IORP will have started […] we will have to adopt it anyway”.
Syracuse (5-0) has opened the year on a five-game win streak, but its first real test comes Monday night when it takes on Maryland (6-1) inside the Carrier Dome. The Orange enters the matchup after an eight-point win over Toledo, a game where Frank Howard stepped up when SU’s leader, Tyus Battle, left with an injury. The Terrapins downed New Mexico, 80-65, in the consolation game of the Emerald Coast Classic.Here are our three beat writers’ thoughts on the matchup.Sam Fortier (5-0)Strong words, gentle deedsSyracuse 69, Maryland 66This season, the Terps have looked great (beating Butler by 14 while shooting 57 percent) and … not so great (losing to St. Bonaventure by two shooting 42 percent). It’s tough to tell which Maryland will show up on Monday night for one of the youngest teams in the nation’s first true road games, but one consistent point has been UMD’s inability to take care of the ball. Maryland ranks among the worst in the nation in turnovers, giving the ball away on a quarter of its possessions. That, plus its inexperience, allows Syracuse to nudge ahead and grab an early-season win over a strong nonconference opponent.Matthew Gutierrez (5-0)Fear the turtleSyracuse 61, Maryland 60AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis is a tossup. Maryland committed 20 turnovers and shot just 5-for-23 from deep in an upset loss to St. Bonaventure, but the Terps looked good in beating Butler earlier in the season and boast a 6-1 overall record. UMD’s turnover numbers and cold shooting bode especially well for SU. Given the way Syracuse played without Tyus Battle last week, the Orange wins the back-and-forth game in front of its largest crowd of the season.Tomer Langer (5-0)Out of gasSyracuse 73, Maryland 65The Terrapins are the strongest team SU has played this year. But they’ll be playing their third game in four nights, while the Orange has been able to rest since Wednesday. UMD’s weakness is its high turnover rate, and a tired team should continue to struggle holding onto the ball. SU’s stifling zone, and time off, should help it pass its first test. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 26, 2017 at 7:14 pm
Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Figures released by Sifo Advertising Measurements showed that Unibet was the top gambling operator for TV advertising spend in Sweden during the first 11 months of 2016.Produced in conjunction with Dagens Media, the figures show that online gambling companies, including state-owned monopoly Svenska Spel, spent big on Swedish advertising platforms.However, Unibet topped the lot with an outlay of SEK 270m (US $30m), ranking fourth overall across all industries and accounting for 1.5% of all TV marketing. Svenska Spel ranked fifth on the TV chart, with a total spend of just under SEK 243m.The data is in line with figures covering the first half of 2016, which showed that gambling companies accounted for 10% of all Swedish TV advertising spending, a figure up from 3% in 2013.The ‘Streaming TV’ category was also dominated by gambling operators, led by UK operator Bet365 with just under SEK 11m (3.8% of total streaming ad spending). Mobile specialists LeoVegas ranked third with SEK 9m, followed by Unibet in fourth with SEK 7.5m and Svenska Spel in eighth place with SEK 5.4m.In terms of radio advertising, Svenska Spel comfortably outspent its international rivals, ranking second overall with an outlay of SEK 30m. Unibet was the only other gambling operator to make the radio’s top-10, spending SEK 17.3m.Finally, LeoVegas was the only operator to make the top ten on the ‘mobile’ advertising chart, ranking 10th with a total spend of SEK 17.6m. No gambling operators appeared in the categories of cinema, unaddressed direct mail, rural press, ‘internet’ and outdoor advertising.Sweden is expected to update the industry in March regarding a plan to liberalise its gambling market. These changes are expected to include curbs on the ability of operators not holding a new Swedish license to advertise via Swedish media outlets. Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share
0Shares0000Ghana Football Association head Kwesi Nyantakyi is shown proposing that journalists posing as investors pay him $11 million to help grease the palms of key government officials © AFP / CARL DE SOUZAACCRA, Ghana, Jun 7 – Ghana on Thursday said it would dissolve the country’s football association after explosive revelations of bribe-taking by referees and kickbacks to top officials that have shocked the football-mad nation.Information minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said the government had “decided to take immediate steps to have the GFA (Ghana Football Association) dissolved” because of the “widespread nature of the apparent rot”. The GFA had earlier pledged to tackle corruption in the wake of a long-awaited undercover documentary unveiled in Accra on Wednesday night, just over a week before the start of the World Cup finals.Hidden camera footage purportedly showed referees taking as little as $100 (85 euros) each to rig matches.It further alleged that GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi — a senior member of world governing body FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) — requested $11 million from reporters posing as investors to secure government contracts.He also allegedly tried to profit personally from a $5 million-a-year, five-year sponsorship deal with the GFA in what the expose said was a “clear breach” of ethics.The information minister said the government, which has pledged to cut corruption in the country, was “shocked and outraged” at the claims.The documentary “exposes gross malfunctioning of the Ghana Football Association characterised by widespread fraud, corruption and bribery”, he said in a statement.The conduct of all GFA officials and the suspended director-general of the National Sports Authority, Robert Sarfo Mensah, was referred to police for further investigation and any “appropriate action”, he added.Provisional measures will be put in place to run the sport in Ghana until a new body is formed. CAF and FIFA will be kept informed, he said.“Government will see to it that the necessary reforms are urgently undertaken to sanitise football administration in the country,” the minister stated.– ‘No cover-up’ –The GFA said it had not seen the documentary, which has sparked concerns about media freedom in Ghana after the journalist responsible received death threats.But it said in a statement: “We view the allegations circulating in the media very seriously and would wish to take immediate steps to address them.”It added: “The GFA wishes to place on record that, there will be no attempt of a cover-up or shield any of our members caught in alleged acts of corruption.“The GFA wishes to assure all that as an institution it does not condone any manner of corrupt practices.”The governing body said it had previously acted swiftly against claims of match-fixing.In 2014, Britain’s Channel 4 television and the Daily Telegraph newspaper claimed Nyantakyi agreed a $170,000-deal for Ghana’s national side to play in a friendly organised by match fixers.Nyantakyi denied signing any contract.– ‘Wake-up call’ –Ghana’s senior men’s team, the Black Stars, have not qualified for the World Cup finals in Russia, which include two teams from West Africa; Nigeria and Senegal.At the last tournament in Brazil in 2014, Ghana’s previous government chartered a plane to send more than $3 million in cash to players in a row over appearance fees.That decision caused a scandal back home as the country struggled with spiralling inflation, a yawning budget deficit and depreciating currency.Diplomats, lawmakers, government ministers and members of the public packed a conference centre in Accra to watch the first screening of the two-hour documentary on Wednesday.Football fan Simon Gyamfi said afterwards it was a “wake-up call” for the national game, adding: “I hope it will lead to a total clean-up in Ghanaian football.“There is so much corruption in the system… The entire Ghana FA executive must be scrapped. What we have just seen is a total disgrace to the beautiful game.”The documentary is the work of secretive investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who has previously exposed graft in the judiciary.After watching an advance private screening, President Nana Akufo-Addo complained to police that Nyantakyi had “used the president’s name and office fraudulently”.Nyantakyi was then questioned and released pending further investigation.A lawmaker from Akufo-Addo’s ruling New Patriotic Party has since accused Anas of being corrupt and insinuated he should be killed and his colleagues beaten up.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Readers of this headline may say it is not news to say that intelligent design has been found in DNA. Others may be ready for a fight on that issue. But in this case, the design has been verified beyond any shadow of doubt. The designers are not who you may be suspecting. They are researchers at Brigham Young University, who spelled out BYU using strands of DNA. Readers can see for themselves in an article on Live Science.OK, maybe this was a setup, but it’s a teachable moment. Let’s continue the line of reasoning to see “where the evidence leads.” No question here – the letters were arranged to spell the university acronym because of a purposeful, intelligent plan. We even know the names and identities of the designers. OK so far? Now, let us ask: did they intervene in nature? Well, presumably so. But did they use miracles? No; they manipulated existing natural particles and forces to achieve the end they desired. All right then, was it necessary to know the identities of the designers? No; anyone could see at a glance the arrangement of letters matched an independent specifiable pattern (and that it was not just happenstance the letters were found on the campus of BYU). But even in this simple case, the complexity of the result lies far below the universal probability bound. Remember the guy that photographed all the letters of the English alphabet in butterfly wings? (see Daily Mail). Somewhere, in some lab, a researcher might happen upon a random arrangement of DNA strands spelling out BYU. Already, though, it would take more faith to believe that than to believe this case was a result of intelligent design – even if one did not have the backstory explaining how it was done. With that in mind, let’s extend the logic further. Say that instead of arranging DNA into the shapes of BYU, the researchers used the familiar nucleotide bases of DNA (A, C, T, G) and made up a code that could represent any letter of the alphabet (AAA might represent the letter A, AAC=B, AAT=C, AAG=D, or something like that). Then they show their product as an ordinary-looking DNA strand that spells out BYU in code. It might be harder to detect without being shown, but those of us with background knowledge still know it was done by design. A scientist might crack the code without the background knowledge and discover the phrase “Brigham Young University” spelled out. Even without knowing the designers, such a discovery would almost certainly be recognized as the result of intelligent causes, not chance (see PhysOrg for an actual case where a scientist stored information in the DNA code of living bacteria). Next, imagine that the researchers designed something more subtle. They built a gene by sequencing ordinary-looking DNA, that would be translated by the ordinary processes of gene transcription and translation, that would come out of the ribosome as a string of amino acids that spontaneously folds into the letters BYU. Now we’re talking some pretty heavy-duty design. It would probably astonish other biochemists. Would it be any less praiseworthy if the researchers sequenced DNA to perform a function? Just spelling out one’s alma mater is kid stuff; they would want to do something useful. They design a gene to produce a cancer-fighting drug. All this, we know in our developing story, is the work of intelligent design. Now imagine a designer putting together a whole suit of enzymes into systems, such that it builds a cell that grows into a whole organism. The organism grows, develops, walks upright, and joins with fellow organisms to build a university, whose scientists play with the building blocks of which they are comprised to spell out the acronym of their institution. Oh – that can be explained by chance and natural selection. Don’t give us any of that interventionist, religious stuff! What are you trying to do, bring science to a stop?(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
A 20-year-old Dalit man was allegedly burnt alive over his relationship with a woman from another caste, the killing causing his mother to die of shock.According to the police, the suspected case of honour killing occurred at Bhadesa area of Hardoi district on Saturday.Abhishek alias Monu was beaten up, kept hostage in a house and set ablaze, Superintendent of Police Alok Priyadarshi said.Locals rushed to the spot on hearing his cries and took him to a local hospital. He was referred to a Lucknow hospital but succumbed to injuries on the way on Sunday, Mr. Priyadarshi said.A relative said Monu’s mother died of shock after hearing the news.According to the Mr. Priyadarshi, locals said Monu was in a relationship with a girl and had gone to meet her when the incident took place.He was returning after arranging ₹25,000 for the treatment of his ailing mother, Ram Beti (60), his uncle Raju said.Monu was stopped and taken to a house by some people with whom the family had an enmity. They also snatched the money and set him ablaze, according to Raju.An FIR has been filed against five people, including two family members and two neighbours of the girl, the Superintendent of Police said, adding that an investigation is on.
Marineland has filed a lawsuit against the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, alleging the organization maliciously targeted the theme park in order to curry favour with animal rights activists and boost fundraising.The lawsuit alleges the OSPCA launched a criminal investigation against Marineland last year for “improper purposes” and with the intention of harming the Niagara Falls, Ont., amusement park’s reputation.The investigation culminated with the laying of 11 animal cruelty charges against Marineland, which were then withdrawn this summer.In a statement of claim filed Tuesday, Marineland says the OSPCA laid the charges as part of a broader push to ban commercial zoos and aquariums and promote other policy goals.The allegations have not been proven in court and the OSPCA has not yet filed a statement of defence.But the organization, a private charity tasked with enforcing the province’s animal welfare laws, says it “vehemently denies all of the allegations and will defend itself.”Marineland is seeking $21 million in damages on grounds of malicious prosecution, negligent investigation, injurious falsehood, and abuse of power and process.“The OSPCA’s purpose in initiating the prosecution was not the enforcement of the law,” the statement of claim reads.“It was motivated by a series of improper objectives, including a desire to accomplish its own policy agenda, to mollify the animal activist community, to please its donors, and to effectively destroy Marineland.”The investigation was launched last November after the animal welfare agency received a complaint from an animal rights group.The Canadian Press also obtained a copy of the complaint and some of the stories it reported are cited in the lawsuit.Marineland was initially charged with five counts of animal cruelty late last year in connection with the treatment of peacocks, guinea hens and black bears. In January, the OSPCA laid six more animal cruelty charges against Marineland relating to elk, red deer and fallow deer.The charges were withdrawn in August after prosecutors found they had no chance of conviction on most counts.“The unfounded charges and public press announcements by the OSPCA had a direct and seriously negative impact on Marineland’s business and operations, causing Marineland damage,” the company alleges in the document.The lawsuit alleges that OSPCA investigators failed to make necessary inquiries of staff and veterinarians, conduct necessary medical examinations of animals noted as being of concern, or spend sufficient time with each animal.It further alleges the organization has publicly declared that it considers commercial zoos an antiquated business model that should be retired.