What are the Odds? Son Gets Same Dorm Room as Dad

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe father of a Michigan State University student said fate landed the 18-year-old in the same dorm room his dad stayed in 30 years ago. Rich Robell, 50, said he was shocked when his son, Mike, received his room assignment at Emmons Hall, B310. We are sorry. The content item you requested needs to be replaced since the sydicator has abruptly ended this news service. The Good News Network is committed to finding another version of this news story elsewhere and adding the replacement link by mid-January, 2009. Please check back!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

SC&RA recognises industry excellence

25 Crane Operator Safety Awards were given to those that demonstrated exemplary work, while accumulating 10,000 consecutive man-hours of work without a single incident or accident.The list of winners includes:• AmQuip Crane Rental – Rodney Campbell • Bridger Crane & Rigging -Dave Cordova • Chellino Crane, Inc. – Mike Meister, Christopher Miller and James Schultz • Consolidated Crane Co – Marvin Bosworth, Warren Bovey, Manuel Galvan, Melvin Henley, Melvin Mixon, Michael Seale and Dwayne Zatopek • Custom Service Crane, Inc. – Luke Simmons • Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental – Preston Freeman, Chad Kimpfbeck, Brian Schroeder and Brett Szyszkiewicz • Dutcher-Phipps Crane & Rigging Company – Tyrel Dutcher and Raul Sandoval • Mountain Crane Service – Greg Hale, Roy Justice, Bowdy Pingree and Doug Steinfeldt Tri-State Crane & Rigging – Gene Bagby and Eric Wincentsen The SC&RA recognised three drivers in the industry with a Million Miler Award, having racked up seven digits of safe driving. The winners were:LeFebvre & Sons, Inc – Bradley Oachs Landstar Transportation Logistics, Inc – Thomas L. Stiles Riechmann Transport, Inc. – Robert Bohnenstiehl”Considering the size and nature of the loads traditionally hauled by our members, this is a particularly remarkable achievement,” said Steven Todd, SC&RA director of ddvocacy. “We feel it is important they receive recognition because professional heavy haul drivers are a dedicated and motivated group that transport essential cargo that impacts our nation’s well being.”35 SC&RA members also won awards in the Crane & Rigging Safety Award category, for superior safety recods: AmQuip Crane Rental Anglemyer Crane Rental Barnhart Crane and Rigging Bollmeier Crane Bragg Companies – Crane Service Chellino Crane, Inc. CJ Drilling, Inc. Coast Crane Company Connelly Crane Rental Corp.. Consolidated Crane Co. Crane Rental Corporation J.J. Curran Crane Company Deep South Crane And Rigging Essex Crane Rental Corp Fagioli, Inc. Hawaiian Crane & Rigging J.F. Lomma, Inc. Magnum Crane Service Maxim Crane Works Mountain Crane Service Mr. Crane, Inc. NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services PSC Crane & Rigging Rossco Crane and Rigging Inc. Sarens / Rigging International Shelby Mechanical, Inc Southern Industrial Constructors/Southern Crane Specialty Crane & Rigging Stevenson Crane Service, Inc. Taylor Crane and Rigging, Inc. TNT Crane & Rigging, Inc. Tri-State Crane & Rigging. Waggoner Equipment Rental Williams Specialized, Inc. George Young Company 17 SC&RA member companies received the Crane & Rigging Zero Accidents Award because they did not have a single recordable accident or injury in the past year:Bollmeier Crane Consolidated Crane Co. Crane Rental Corporation J.J. Curran Crane Company  Fagioli, Inc. Hawaiian Crane & Rigging Magnum Crane Service Mr. Crane, Inc. Rossco Crane and Rigging Inc. Shelby Mechanical, Inc. Specialty Crane & Rigging Stevenson Crane Service, Inc. Taylor Crane and Rigging, Inc. Tri-State Crane & Rigging Waggoner Equipment Rental Williams Specialized, Inc. George Young Company Eight SC&RA member companies earned a Crane & Rigging Safety Improvement Award by showing an improved incidence rate compared to the previous year’s contest entry:AmQuip Crane Rental Barnhart Crane and Rigging Crane Rental Corporation Essex Crane Rental Corp Maxim Crane Works NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services PSC Crane & Rigging TNT Crane & Rigging, Inc. Six SC&RA member companies received a Fleet Safety Award for having the lowest accident frequency rate in different mileage categories:Over 100 Million Miles – Landstar Systems Over 50 Million Miles – Bennett Motor Express 20 Million to 50 Million Miles – Keen Transportation 5 Million to 20 Million Miles – Riechmann Transport, Inc. 1.5 Million to 5 Million Miles – Crane Rental Corporation 100,000 to 1.5 Million Miles – Shelby Mechanical, Inc. 13 SC&RA members received a Zero Accident Award for having no recordable accidents during all of 2013:Bragg Companies – Heavy Transport HWP Rigging CJ Drilling, Inc. Crane Rental Corporation Dawes D.S.T. KMX International Omega Morgan Precision Heavy Haul, Inc Riechmann Transport Inc Shelby Mechanical, Inc. Trans American Trucking Services White Brothers Trucking Company Williams Specialized Inc10 further SC&RA member companies also earned a Fleet Safety Improvement Award by showing a reduction in their accident frequency rate for miles traveled, compared to their previous year accident frequency rate:Bragg Companies Crane Rental Corporation Keen Transportation Landstar Inway Inc. LeFebvre & Sons, Inc. Omega Morgan Precision Heavy Haul, Inc. Riechmann Transport Inc. Trans American Trucking Services, Inc White Brothers Trucking Company James Lomma, president of J.F. Lomma, Inc. was named the 12th recipient of SC&RA’s Golden Achievement Award. This award, last presented in 2011, goes to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the specialised transportation or crane and rigging industry over a consistent and significant period of time.HLPFI would like to congratulate all of this year’s award winners! www.scranet.org read more

Insurance fund deal for mesothelioma victims

first_imgInsurers will pay £300m over the next 10 years into a scheme to support newly diagnosed victims of mesothelioma, the government confirmed today. The money will go into a new fund for the 3,000 victims across the UK who are unable to claim compensation because they cannot trace a liable employer or employers’ liability insurer. It is estimated that 300 mesothelioma sufferers a year lose out on compensation because they are unable to trace a liable employer or insurer. The deal follows more than two years of negotiations between the Department for Work and Pensions and the Association of British Insurers. Membership of the scheme will be compulsory for all employers’ liability insurers, but will apply only to sufferers diagnosed from today. Otto Thoresen, the ABI’s director general, said: ‘Mesothelioma is a particularly aggressive cancer and the insurance industry, working with government, is determined to do all it can to ensure that sufferers get the support they need as soon as possible. This package of measures will deliver help to claimants much faster, including to those who would otherwise go uncompensated. ‘We appreciate the urgency of this disease, and while implementation depends on legislation being put in place, we hope that the scheme will be up and running and the first payments made by July 2014.’ Since 2011, insurers have operated a voluntary Employers’ Liability Tracing Office (ELTO), which runs an electronic database of insurance policies. This will become compulsory for all EL insurers and include companies who have provided insurance in the past. The DWP has also confirmed that there will be an online portal for all mesothelioma sufferers to register claims and for the parties involved to exchange information to settle claims more quickly. Civil Procedure Rules will to support the use of a pre-action protocol to ensure evidence is disclosed early. The government will improve the way it provides information needed to support claims, including standardized medical diagnosis, employment schedules from HM Revenue and Customs and information on state benefits from the DWP.last_img read more

Double track to Chittagong

first_imgBANGLADESH: The government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese contractors to regauge and double-track the Dhaka – Chittagong main line via Akhaura and Comilla.According to Railways Minister M Mazibul Hoque, the work is to be undertaken by China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group, which last year was awarded the contract to develop the Padma bridge rail link. The upgrading is expected to be completed by the end of 2019, at an estimated cost of 3·1bn taka, of which approximately 2·5bn taka is to be provided by China under a project assistance agreement.At present the Bangladesh Railways network east of the capital is entirely 1 000 mm gauge, although 1 676 mm gauge and dual-gauge routes have been developed to connect with the broad gauge network in the west of the country. However, a broad-gauge cross-border link between Agartala and Akhaura is being developed under a co-operation accord with Indian Railways. Work is expected to start in August on a 100 km dual-gauge extension running south from Chittagong to Cox’s Bazar, which is being partially funded by the Asian Development Bank.The minister confirmed that proposals for upgrading the Dhaka – Chittagong main line had been approved by the Ministry of Planning following discussions with the Ministry of Railways Ministry last year, while the Economic Relations Division had recommended implementation of the project using Chinese government finance.last_img read more

Italy to extend sports ban

first_imgITALY’S SPORTS minister is planning to extend the ban on games and competitions in the country through all of April.The current nationwide lockdown is due to expire on Friday, but Italian health experts have said the need to try to contain COVID-19 will likely last weeks beyond that.Minister Vincenzo Spadafora tells Italian daily La Repubblica that talks about restarting Serie A, the country’s first division football league, on May 3 are “unrealistic”.He adds: “(On Monday) I will propose extending the ban on sports competitions at every level for all of April. And I’ll extend the measure to training – an area where we hadn’t intervened because there was still a possibility of holding the Olympics.”Some clubs, like Lazio and Napoli, had been pushing to restart training as soon as this week.At least 15 Serie A players have tested positive for COVID-19.Overall, Italy has nearly 100,000 positive cases and days ago surpassed the total in China, where the outbreak began in late 2019.Spadafora says he’s hoping Serie A officials show “a serious desire to change. The big clubs live in a bubble, beyond their means, starting with the millionaire wages of the players. They need to understand that nothing will be like before anymore after this crisis”.To that end, on Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus teammates, along with coach Maurizio Sarri, agreed to forgo €90 million (over J$13 billion) in wages to help the club during the crisis.Spadafora also says that he will allocate €400 million (almost J$60 billion) for recovery efforts at amateur sports associations. APlast_img read more

Smiling Norman wins the day

first_img3rd Peter Seil (8) 33ptsNorman Cheetham.On Monday the golfers of the TRGG took on the challenges set by St Andrews golf course.  This is very much a “marmite golf course” as you either love it or hate it.Peter Seil continued with the recent improvements of his form, shooting 33 points to claim third position.  Robert Asanuma, playing his third round of golf with the society, claimed his third time on the podium with his 37 points being good enough for second spot.Now it usually takes a golfer with real patience and natural ability to shoot a good score at this fine venue.  That being said, it was even more remarkable that the day’s top round was achieved by Norman Cheetham with a fantastic 40 points and to round off the day there was a rumour that Norman even cracked out a cheeky little smile.Tuesday, June 6, Phoenix – Stableford1st Norman Cheetham (14) 36pts2nd Roger Wilkinson (15) 35pts3rd Darryl Ottaway (7) 34ptsPhoenix was the destination for the golf group on Tuesday and left hander Australian Darryl Ottaway, playing his first round with the group since November, scored 34 points which was good enough to take third position today.Roger Wilkinson’s caddie not only knows every slope on every green at Phoenix but she also possesses the same knowledge of each and every fairway.  Armed with this information Roger was able to shoot 35 points and take second spot.  However, this is the week not to be messing with “storming Norman” Cheetham and the sweet talking generous Australian took his second win in 2 days with 36 points.Thursday, June 8, Silky Oaks – Stableford1st Sakai Yasuo (11) 41pts2nd Robert Asanuma (13) 41pts3rd Neil Wilkinson (11) 40ptsJohn Baxter.Thursday saw the group visiting Silky Oaks and we witnessed a day of remarkable scoring.  Neil Wilkinson shot a fine round of 40 points but this was only good enough to claim third position.  Robet Asanuma’s fine form continued and he shot a splendid 41 points, however, on this occasion he was pipped for pole position by Sakai Yasuo who produced a better back 9.On the day, 14 of the 19 golfers who played scored over 30 points and this reflected the generosity of the course.Friday, June 9, Burapha – Stableford1st John Baxter (17) 41pts2nd Jim Cooper (16) 38pts3rd Andrew Ottaway (16) 36ptsBurapha welcomed the TRGG on Friday with the A and B nines being played.  Andrew Ottaway shot 36 points to take third place by virtue of count-back while Aberdeen’s very own Jim Cooper shot 38 to take second spot.  In a week of there being a general election in the UK, and also Scotland playing England at football, how Mr Cooper managed to concentrate on golf is a minor miracle.  Actually his passion for football and politics, both based around the theme of “anti English”, actually makes his success on the golf course more of a major miracle.Even the efforts of the tartan terror could not stop John Baxter who always manages to stay at the other end of the excitement metre compared to Jim.  Laid back John managed 41 points and this was more than enough to take the day’s top prize.Saturday, June 10, Greenwood – StablefordThe end of the week saw a long trip out to Greenwood and Billy Allen saw a slight improvement in his recent shocking form to take third spot with 31 points.Just ahead of Billy came Glenn Campell with 32 points but the winner as a result of a better back 9 was Joe Depasquale.  This was Joe’s first win at the TRGG in 15 attempts so this proved to be a popular result to end off another fine week of golf. Travellers Rest Golf GroupMonday, June 5, St. Andrews – Stableford1st Norman Cheetham (15) 40pts2nd Robert Asanuma (13) 37ptslast_img read more

Ex-NFL owner gives $5 million to African-American Museum

first_imgThe museum said in a news release that Jerry and Rosalind Richardson are making the largest donation from individuals so far for the museum, scheduled to open in 2020.Former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley made the announcement at the museum site at the former Gadsden Wharf, where tens of thousands of enslaved Africans first entered America.The Richardsons did not attend Thursday’s ceremony.Richardson put the Panthers up for sale after a December Sports Illustrated report that he made inappropriate sexual comments to women and at least once, directed a racial slur at an African American scout.Museum organizers say they are focusing on the benefit the gift will give. Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, top center, watches during the first half of an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Green Bay Packers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The former owner of the Carolina Panthers is giving The International African American Museum in South Carolina $5 million.last_img read more

Bombers rally past J.Lloyd Crowe Hawks 47-40

first_imgLVR trailed by as many as 12 points before the Bombers coaching staff switched up the game plan, pressing the Hawks all over the court.The defence resulted in quick, easy baskets for the Bombers and a 19-0 run and a 27-point fourth quarter/Mara H.J. paced the Bomber attack, scoring a team high 11 points while Sierra Jones added eight points. Rylee Zondervan and Julia Burkart each scored five and six points, respectively.LVR trailed 9-5 after one period, 22-13 at recess and 33-20 after three quarters. A tenacious full-court press turned out to be difference as the L.V. Rogers Bombers rallied from a 22-13 deficit to edge the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail 47-40 in West Kootenay Senior Girl’s Basketball action Wednesday at the Hangar in Nelson.last_img

Mallard’s Team of the Week — NTC ‘Breakfast at Wimbledon’

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the NTC members with Team of the Week.Anyone interested in becoming a member or taking tennis lessons, can visit www.nelsontennisclub.com Whites are not required for play at Nelson Tennis Club (NTC), but it was the fashion of the day on Sunday morning when the Club held its annual “Breakfast at Wimbledon” event at the Granite Pointe Golf Club. Approximately 50 members enjoyed the weather and some great tennis, as well as Wimbledon favourites like strawberries and cream, lemonade and cucumber sandwiches. This will be the last Breakfast at Wimbledon at the Granite Point Golf Club courts since the NTC is moving to its new location at LVR High School later this summer.last_img

Bald and beautiful: Women take the bold cut

first_imgIt has been called the richest ornament of women. In some Indian cultures, it still is a decisive factor while pinning down on a bride. So when a woman decides to get rid of her tresses and go bald, it’s not just heads that turn, what also takes a 180 degree turn are society’s deep-rooted perceptions about beauty.While most would think of it as the end of their dating life or as the beginning of a body image issue, there are a few who would happily chop off their long locks to make a statement or just to get rid of the weight off their head.Take for instance 29-year-old Sumati Jain. Five years ago while she was pursuing her masters, the Bangalore-based homemaker plotted her hair assassination after her parents started dropping hints of marriage.”My hairline was also receding and I also wanted to do something for kicks. It was this crazy, daring, wild phase of my life,” she says with a chuckle.She exposed her shiny scalp to the world after three stages of relentless, heartless mane chopping.The first visit to the parlour left her with a bob cut, then followed a shorter crew cut and she finally visited a men’s saloon on a quiet Sunday for the finale.”My mom didn’t speak to me for a week. But my dad and grandfather, who’s also bald, were really cool,” Sumati told IANS.”I got extreme reactions…Some thought it was really cool, some laughed behind my back, some even thought I’d turned into a monk,” she adds.advertisementBut the ironical part was that Sumati got engaged while her hair was just a few inches long. “My husband was fine with it. He thought I looked cute,” she adds with more chuckles.But not all men hold similar notions of beauty. “I would like to wait for a year,” says 25-year-old Saurabh Dabbas, when asked if he would date a bald woman.The barren look is not for all women, cautions hairstylist Sylvie.”It suits those with oval heads and good skin. It’s a complete no-no for those with lots of wrinkles; it makes you look more aged,” said Sylvie who runs a saloon in Delhi.Ananya Bose, a Delhi-based journalist, went bald just after delivering a baby.”I had such long, lustrous hair. I remember when the parlour woman chopped them, the one standing next to her freaked out and asked her what the hell she was doing.”But it was such a weight off my head. I felt so, so free and light. You feel as if you get rid of all the troubles,” she says.However, in Indian society women with shaven heads have much deeper connotations.”In many Indian cultures, widows’ heads were shaved. It’s also associated with sadhvis or monks. It’s a sign of celibacy,” says social scientist C.P. Bhambri.However, these connotations don’t deter those tempted to take the plunge.”I think it would feel real good and free to have no hair to take care of. Though I like my tresses, they are very frizzy and at times unmanageable,” says Shikha Arora, a professional.”Going bald will be hassle-free. I would definitely love to do it in the hot Delhi summers,” she added.But being bald comes with strings attached, says Sylvie.”It requires a lot of maintenance. You have to moisturise your scalp regularly. People usually call a barber home every month to clean the growth,” she adds.Also, there comes a stage while you are growing back your hair when it’s neither here nor there — just plain clumsy.”Though growing it back is a good idea as you get a new crop of hair, the stage when your hair is 10-18 months old is very difficult,” says Sylvie.Adds Ananya: “A strand would come out from one side, another from the other. It can get really messy.”It took Sumati three years to grow back her hair to what she describes as a “respectable length”.Internationally, pop star Britney Spears and actress Natalie Portman have famously sported the bald look. Back home, actresses Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Antara Mali, Lisa Ray and model Diandra Soares have tread the same path.However, all said and done, there are many sceptics of the unadorned look.”It completely baffles me why any woman would voluntarily want to go bald. A woman would like to look like a normal woman. There’s the whole cosmetic industry which runs into trillions to make you look good,” says Bhambri.advertisementlast_img read more