Meckling dies after fall from JACC

first_imgBilly Meckling, a 21-year-old male senior set to graduate this weekend, died in the early morning hours Saturday after falling from the roof of the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center (JACC), the University announced.“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends after this terrible tragedy,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in a press release. “It is a profound sadness for all of us, on this graduation weekend, to lose someone so young and brimming with promise.”Meckling will be remembered at Saturday’s Baccalaureate mass, Jenkins said in an email sent to the student body.At 3:45 a.m., two students requesting assistance approached a Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) officer. On the east side of the JACC, the officer found Meckling unresponsive. Despite attempts at CPR and emergency medical care, he never regained consciousness, the press release stated.According to initial investigations, the senior was part of a group of students of who gained access to the roof of the JACC, which was wet after several days of rain in the past week, the press release said.Meckling was a four-year member and two-time monogram winner for the Irish varsity fencing team.“When one thinks of the success of Notre Dame fencing, names like Gerek Meinhardt and Lee Kiefer come to mind,” head fencing coach Gia Kyaratskhelia said in a press release. “Yet equally integral to our team success are the unsung names, the walk-ons that bring the positive spirit, energy and camaraderie to our practices and competitions to push their teammates and themselves to greater heights. Billy Meckling was one of those teammates – an invaluable member of our sabre squad who left such a massive impact on all of us as a fencer and a human being.“On the strip, Billy was a talented fencer and a determined worker on a very competitive sabre squad – evidenced by his earned monograms during the 2012 and 2014 seasons. More importantly, he was a great friend to all members of our program. A true Notre Dame man, his kindness and warmth impacted each and every one of us – and make his loss all the more difficult.”last_img read more

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Central Islip Home Invasion Suspects Charged

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two men were arrested for pistol-whipping a Central Islip home invasion victim this week, Suffolk County police said.Carlos Morales, 26, and 24-year-old Dawon Brown, both of Jamaica, were charged burglary, robbery, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon.Third Squad detectives alleged the duo kicked in the rear door of house on East Walnut Street and demanded money from the victim shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday.Police said the duo jumped out of windows on the second floor in an attempt to flee when they realized officers had the house surrounded before they were taken into custody.Bail for Morales and Brown was set at $150,000 bond or $100,000 cash. They are due back in court Friday.last_img read more

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What credit unions can learn from top YouTubers

first_imgYouTube has been around for over a decade now and in that time has become the second most popular search engine, adding over 300 hours of content every minute while achieving over a billion monthly users. Some of the biggest content creators have become top stars in all of entertainment, not just within the online space. They’ve been able to grow their brand from nothing to full fledge news organizations, production companies, and television shows with some earning over 7 million dollars a year. Let’s take a look at how they are able to achieve and maintain this impressive success.They use analytics to understand their audienceImagine a world where people you don’t know are able to publicly judge you in front of other people on a daily basis. That world has existed since the creation of the internet, and one of the easiest places to do this is YouTube. Users are able to like and dislike all content and comments, and those are not the only analytics that are available to content creators. On the back end they are able to see the likes and dislikes as well as the amount of shares to each network, average view duration, watch time reports, audience retention, demographics, traffic sources, engagement reports, realtime tracking as well as device and playback location reports. By paying attention to these metrics, they are able to identify content that performs well, observe areas that may need improvement, and identify trends. This type of data reporting exists in every industry and those that are able to understand it can use it to help them outperform those who don’t.Always staying relevantWhether they can see it within their own analytics or they identify trends happening within the space, top creators are quick to jump on the hype train. Channels devoted to movie reviews are always going to review the most current movies, gaming channels will be playing the hottest new releases, and beauty tip networks will be highlighting this season’s fashion, etc. Many abstain from trends to try to stay unique, but those people usually fall behind. By putting your own unique spin on a trend you are able to take advantage of high traffic the ability to make yourself stand out.Engage their audience on a daily basisThey may be on YouTube every day, posting and commenting on all of their videos, but that isn’t the only way they are talking to their viewers. The biggest YouTubers are also some of the biggest names on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Snapchat, and more. They know that they can interact more effectively and on multiple platforms, to keep fans engaged. Some host fan meet ups, and nearly all of them go to the hundreds of conventions around the world. They take part in these activities not only to engage and humanize their brand outside of the digital realm, but to hear what fans have to say in a non-native setting.They don’t sit around and wait for regulationRecently YouTube has implemented changes that have not been received well by the majority of content creators. Google determines how much to pay content creators through a service called AdSense which places ads on their content and measures its performance. In the past you were able to monetize any video so long as you owned all the content in the video, however the newest changes bring with it new guidelines on the type of content can have ads on it, by imposing a new definition for what qualifies as ad-friendly content. Some YouTubers are up in arms over the changes, (as it could significantly cut their profits) while the most successful creators have already built their brand out in such a way that the revenue from AdSense is no longer required to sustain their businesses. Many have sponsors who pay top dollar to get shout outs during the video, or have extensive retail options viewers can buy. The key is to have a plan in place before a governing body makes it impossible to continue business as usual.Masters of building relationshipsOne of the most difficult things YouTubers deal with is being typecast for their content. Much like actors, if they grow their fan base by making one type of content or doing one role, they will get backlash from fans anytime they step out and do something different. Successful YouTubers have mastered being able to make themselves appeal to their audience, and not just the content they make. By building a rapport over time, they develop a loyal audience that appreciates anything they do. By selling themselves and not their product, they are able to achieve a much faster adoption rate of the new things they create. 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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Backbone One iPhone controller turns your phone into a portable gaming device » Gadget Flow

first_imgIf you’ve ever wished you could get more out of the games you play on your iPhone, check out the Backbone One iPhone controller. This gaming device has a companion app that turns your iPhone into a portable game console. It displays games neatly and shows all new titles available in the App Store. Backbone One works with any game that supports game controllers. So you can play Minecraft, Asphalt 9: Legends, and hundreds of other titles on Apple Arcade. You can also create parties and voice chat with friends in the app while you play. What’s more, you can access this feature even when you’re doing something else. Finally, this iPhone controller works with any iPhone running iOS 13 or later, starting with the iPhone 6S and going up to the iPhone 12 phones. Get ready for a whole new iPhone gaming experience. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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FOOD SAFETY NEWS SCAN: Top 10 risky foods, ground beef vulnerabilities

first_imgOct 6, 2009 News investigation finds safety gaps in ground beef production Leafy greens top food safety watchdog’s risky listThe food safety watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) today released a report on the 10 riskiest foods regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Drawn from the CSPI’s database of outbreaks confirmed by the official postings between 1990 and 2006, the list includes leafy greens, eggs, tuna, oysters, potatoes, cheese, ice cream, tomatoes, sprouts, and berries. At a media briefing today, Carolyn Smith DeWaal, CSPI’s food safety program director, said tuna and oysters made the list, even though producers are required to have “hazard analysis and critical control point” (HACCP) plans. She said the findings of the study add urgency to the passage of a key food safety bill, which passed the US House of Representatives but awaits action in the Senate. She said HACCP plans don’t work unless they’re enforced. Peter Hurley, the father of a young Oregon boy who was sickened in a recent peanut butter Salmonella outbreak, said 50 victims of foodborne illnesses and their families will gather in Washington, DC, on Oct 10 to meet with legislators and ask them to forward the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act to the floor of the Senate for a vote.Oct 6 CSPI press releaseCSPI report on 10 riskiest foods regulated by the FDAhttp://cspinet.org/new/pdf/cspi_top_10_fda.pdfcenter_img Despite several Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreaks linked to ground beef over the past few years, the product is still vulnerable to contamination, because packers grind meat from different sources into their hamburger but aren’t required to test the samples for E coli, the New York Times reported on Oct 4. The Times traced the burger eaten by a Minnesota woman who was sickened by contaminated ground beef in the fall of 2007 but is still recovering. The investigation also found that big companies, to avoid the possibility of recalls, sometimes agree to sell only to companies that won’t test their products. The probe also found that the company didn’t follow its own safety rules. In response to the story, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a press release yesterday that the events in the story are “unacceptable and tragic” and that the nation needs to do more to protect Americans. He said the USDA has been active in its contributions to President Obama’s Food Safety Working Group, which has launched several measures to make ground beef safer, such as requiring inspectors to test additional trim components that go into ground beef. He said the USDA is also exploring ways to enhance traceback methods.Oct 4 New York Times storyhttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33164820/ns/health-food_safety/Oct 5 USDA press releasehttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2009/10/0491.xmllast_img read more

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Arsenal in talks to sign Mykola Matviyenko from Shakhtar Donetsk

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Jan 2020 4:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.5kShares Arsenal in talks to sign Mykola Matviyenko from Shakhtar Donetsk Arsenal are said to be in talks to sign Mykola Matviyenko from Shakhtar Donetsk (AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal have held talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over the signing of Mykola Matviyenko, according to the defender’s agent.Mikel Arteta is keen to improve his defensive options before the end of the January transfer window following Calum Chambers’ season-ending injury.Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano have both been linked with a move to the Gunners this month.But it has now been claimed that Arsenal have begun negotiations with Shakhtar over a potential deal for Matviyenko.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisement Mykola Matviyenko played against Manchester City in the Champions League earlier this season (Getty Images)‘Recently, my colleagues and I have been constantly in contact with representatives of the Arsenal, and have had meetings,’ Matviyenko’s agent, Yuriy Danchenko, told Ukrainian media.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The Gunners’ hierarchy have already contacted [Shakhtar], and we hope that these negotiations will succeed.’More: 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 CityThe 23-year-old came through Shakhtar’s academy and made his first-team debut for the Ukrainian club in 2015.Matviyenko, who has been capped 20 times by Ukraine, has also been linked with a move to Manchester City having played against them in the Champions League earlier this season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

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Talk of euthanasia encouraging suicides, conservative lobby group says

first_imgNZ Herald 2 November 2016Family First Comment: McCoskrie said any discussion of suicide should focus on prevention. “In complete contrast, this inquiry is initiated and is driven by a desire to promote assisted suicide. You don’t discourage suicide by assisting suicide.”A conservative lobby group’s claim that Parliament could be encouraging suicides just by discussing euthanasia is flawed, an MP says.Bob McCoskrie, the national director for Family First, said today that suicides and attempted suicides appeared to peak every time Parliament debated a law change around assisted dying.He acknowledged there was no scientific basis for his theory and that other factors could have contributed to the rise in suicides in 1995, 2003 and 2012, when Parliament considered bills or proposed bills on euthanasia.“But it cannot ruled out that there is risk related to the increased publicity given to the idea of euthanasia and assisted suicide.”McCoskrie made the comments to a select committee which is investigating public attitudes to voluntary euthanasia and deciding whether it should be legalised in New Zealand.McCoskrie said any discussion of suicide should focus on prevention.“In complete contrast, this inquiry is initiated and is driven by a desire to promote assisted suicide. You don’t discourage suicide by assisting suicide.”READ MORE: http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz-government/news/article.cfm?c_id=144&objectid=11740668&ref=rsslast_img read more

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Performance Bodies, Five Star continue award option for IMCA Modified, SportMod drivers

first_imgCEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A popular option to the Performance Bodies and Five Star Bodies awards program for IMCA Modifieds, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods has been renewed for 2018.Each of the five Modified regional champions and rookies of the year, and both Northern and Southern SportMod national champions and the rookies of the year receive MD3 Modified nosepieces or MD3 Modified valance and rocker panel kits.Certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.More information is available by calling Performance Bodies at 800 722-4641.last_img

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Side Biter Chassis starts third season as sponsor for IMCA’s North Central Region

first_imgThe champion of the Side Biter Chassis North Central Region earns $2,500, with $1,250 for se­cond, $625 for third, $325 for fourth, $300 for fifth and $200 for sixth through 10th. More information about Side Biter chassis and services is available by calling 641 357-1600 and at Facebook.com/Ruter Racing. Owned by veteran Modified driver Ryan Ruter, Side Biter provides a portion of the $6,000 point fund that will be paid to top 10 drivers in 2019 point standings for the region. “The ebb and flow of IMCA Modified chassis builders is evident each season, but Side Biter has been solid in not only their results on the track, but in their commitment to title sponsorship of the North Central Region,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted. “They build a winning car and we’re proud to work with them.” The Clear Lake, Iowa, chassis builder returns as title sponsor of the region encompassing tracks in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, South Dakota and Wisconsin. CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – Drivers in IMCA’s North Central Region for Modifieds enjoy the support of Side Biter Chassis for a third consecutive season. Drivers are required display two Side Biter decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares. Point fund checks will be presented during the national awards banquet in November, or mailed beginning the next week from the IMCA home office. last_img read more

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UEFA bans Man City from Champions League for 2 seasons

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — English Premier League champion Manchester City was banned by UEFA from the Champions League for two seasons on Friday for “serious breaches” of spending rules in a seismic ruling against one of world football’s wealthiest clubs.The Abu Dhabi-owned team was also fined 30 million euros ($33 million) after an investigation that was sparked by leaks showing City overstated sponsorship revenue in a bid to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.The punishment prevents City from playing in any European competition, including the Europa League, until the 2022-23 season. It could have a significant impact on the club’s ability to sign players and retain manager Pep Guardiola, whose contract expires next season. February 14, 2020 The leaks showed how City allegedly tried to artificially raise its revenue, in one case by 30 million euros, according to emails from 2013 reported by Der Spiegel. Abu Dhabi United Group was alleged to be sending cash to a shell vehicle which was created to supposedly buy the right to use players’ images in marketing campaigns.There were further examples that Sheikh Mansour could have been the source of sponsorship revenue for Abu Dhabi state-owned companies like investment firm Aabar. Der Spiegel cited a 2010 email to Aabar from Pearce, the City director who also works for Abu Dhabi’s Executive Affairs Authority.“As we discussed, the annual direct obligation for Aabar is GBP 3 million,” Pearce wrote. “The remaining 12 million GBP requirement will come from alternative sources provided by His Highness.”City has already been punished by UEFA for violating FFP, striking an agreement in 2014 that saw the team fined rather than banned from the Champions League for inflated sponsorship deals with companies linked to the club or its ownership.A leaked 2014 email from City lawyer Simon Cliff to a colleague showed the death of UEFA’s lead FFP investigator being celebrated: “1 down, 6 to go.” UEFA bans Man City from Champions League for 2 seasons “This is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA,” the club said. “With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”City has never disputed the authenticity of the information contained in internal emails that were published by German media outlet Der Spiegel in October 2018 and shows alleged schemes by the club to allegedly cover up the true source of income in a bid to comply with FFP.The UEFA statement on Friday did not reference any specifics of the evidence that led to the punishment In 2015, Der Spiegel said emails were being sent internally at City showing the manipulation of sponsorship revue from Etihad Airways, the state-owned airline from Abu Dhabi, which is the naming rights sponsor of City’s stadium and training campus as well as appearing on jerseys. The sponsorship was said to generate 67.5 million pounds (about $85 million) annually for City. But City’s holding company — the state-backed Abu Dhabi United Group — channeled 59.9 million pounds back to Etihad, according to Jorge Chumillas, the club’s chief financial officer, in an internal email to club director Simon Pearce. A Portuguese man, Rui Pinto, has been implicated in the obtaining of damaging information about European football. Pinto’s lawyer, Francisco Teixeira da Mota, said his client has been helping law enforcement in other European countries with investigations into their clubs’ finances.Pinto was extradited last year to Portugal from Hungary, where he had lived since 2015, after Portuguese police investigations concluded he hacked into computers in his home country. He has been held in detention in Portugal since March.A Portuguese judge ruled last month that prosecutors have enough evidence incriminating Pinto for him to stand trial. Pinto is accused of attempted extortion and hacking into secret information held by Sporting Lisbon and the Portuguese soccer federation, including financial dealings.___More AP soccer https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The verdict was delivered on Friday to City following a hearing of UEFA’s club financial control body on Jan. 22. “The adjudicatory chamber, having considered all the evidence, has found that Manchester City Football Club committed serious breaches of the UEFA club licensing and financial fair play regulations by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016,” UEFA said in a statement. “The adjudicatory chamber has also found that in breach of the regulations the club failed to cooperate in the investigation of this case.”City plays Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 this month but would not get to defend the title if it lifts the European Cup for the first time.City said it would appeal against the sanctions, criticizing a “flawed” process. Associated Press Since July 2011, UEFA has monitored the accounts of all clubs entering its two club competitions in a bid to curb unfettered spending on players regardless of the owners’ wealth.The first period UEFA assessed clubs for compliance with FFP was 2011-13, when owners were allowed to cover losses up to 45 million euros.City has been transformed into an English soccer power in the decade since being bought by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and a member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family, winning the Premier League four times since 2012. City has endured a problematic title defense on the field, sitting second in the Premier League 22 points behind Liverpool. The City Football Group, of which City is the key component, was valued at $4.8 billion in November after U.S. private equity firm Silver Lake bought a stake of around 10% for $500 million. Silver Lake became the second major partner in the group, with a Chinese consortium owning 12% of the equity. There are partner clubs in New York, Melbourne and Yokohama, among others.Questions have been raised about how the leaks were obtained that now cast a shadow on the reputation of City.last_img read more

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