When seniors Kaitlyn Baker and Maddie Kohler took office as student body president and vice president in August, their goal was to improve numerous aspects of campus life, including security and communications between the student body and the administration. “Our goals were to improve safety for the students on and off campus, provide more opportunities for the student body, student government and administration, and enhance already existing campus events and improve student participation at these events,” Kohler said.Baker said the two worked hard to be present on campus and address the needs of the student body. “We hosted a community dialogue event in collaboration with [Student Diversity Board], we met with [College president Carol Ann Mooney] to discuss student concerns and we reached out to many students who openly expressed concerns on social media,” she said.During their one year term, Kohler and Baker were tasked with many duties and roles on campus. Baker said she was surprised by her role as a liaison between the student body and the administration.“I didn’t expect to be so involved with administration and sit on many committees where I had the ability to vote,” she said. “I really enjoyed having the opportunity to provide the student perspective at those meetings.”Kohler said she did not anticipate the recognition that comes along with being a leader on campus. “I was so surprised to have everyone from administration, students, alumnae and even the Board of Trustees say hello and genuinely ask how everything is going within the student government association [SGA],” she said.Kohler said that while they were able to improve communication on campus, the two are most proud of their executive board and committee chairs’ accomplishments.“We had an amazing group this year and would not have been so successful without their hard work and dedication,” Kohler said. “We hope the events they hosted, speakers they brought in and enthusiasm they had enhanced the Saint Mary’s experience for the student body.”Kohler said flexibility is an important trait to have as SGA vice president.“You go into office and have all these goals you want to accomplish,” she said. “As time progresses, other issues arise that you need to deal with first and some of your goals are put on the back burner and that is OK. Some things are more important than others.”Baker said she advises the incoming president to enjoy every moment of her time as a leader on campus.“It goes by really fast and it is very easy to get caught up in the hard work and stress of it all,” she said. “Make sure you take the time to enjoy the experience.”Baker said her time as president gave her the chance to become involved in different areas of the College.“I will miss getting to be so invested in the Saint Mary’s community,” she said. “The College has become a large part of who I am, and I really enjoyed getting to leave my legacy at Saint Mary’s.”Baker, who majored in Communicative Sciences and Disorders, will be attending the University of Northern Colorado to receive a master’s degree in speech language pathology, and Kohler, who majored in business administration and economics, will move to Chicago to work for PepsiCo. Tags: Commencement 2016, Kaitlyn Baker, Maddie Kohler, saint mary’s, sga
Governor Wolf Announces COE Distributing to Expand, Moving Operations from Out of State to Fayette County
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 10, 2017 Economy, Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced COE Distributing (COE), a wholesale distributor of office furniture and accessories, will expand its footprint in Fayette County and consolidate operations from outside the commonwealth to its site in Smock, creating 20 new, full-time jobs.“Seeing a family-owned company, which has been in Fayette County since 1940, choose Pennsylvania to invest in their future means that we have the location, infrastructure, and pro-business climate for companies to grow,” said Governor Wolf. “Additionally, bringing outsourced jobs to Pennsylvania where they belong is a huge win not just for COE, but for the people of Fayette County.”COE currently leases 127,000 square feet of warehouse space at the Franklin Commercial Park in Smock, PA, and an additional 60,000 square feet in Uniontown. A 138,000 square-foot expansion is planned at Franklin Commercial Park for COE to consolidate the Uniontown facility and bring operations currently being outsourced to a company in Maryland in-house to the expanded facility. The expansion will allow COE to take on new business and improve operational efficiencies. COE has committed to investing at least $10 million into the project, and additionally committed to creating 20 new, full-time jobs and retaining 43 more positions statewide.“COE Distributing is extremely excited and grateful to work with the Governor’s Action Team on our expansion project,” said J.D. Ewing, president and CEO of COE Distributing. “Securing the ability to expand at Franklin Commercial Park will allow us to confidently proceed with our aggressive growth plan and assure our operations will move forward uninterrupted. This would not be possible without the help of the Governor’s Action Team.”COE received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $40,000 Pennsylvania First grant and a $9,000 WEDnet grant for job training. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a $375,000 low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Fay-Penn Economic Development Council.“COE is a great success story for our Fayette County economy,” said Bob Shark, executive director at Fay-Penn. “J.D. Ewing has worked diligently to create a world-class company that provides a significant number of great jobs and generates investment here. I know of the effort he expended to launch this expansion, and I’m thrilled that we could partner with the Governor’s Action Team and provide some funding to support it.”COE is a family-owned, third-generation company, operating in Fayette County since the 1940’s. COE specializes in wholesale distribution of office furniture and accessories and deals with key manufacturers such as OfficeSource, FireKing, HPFI, Flexsteel, LA-Z-BOY, VIRCO, and Linea Italia. The company has authorized dealers in 48 states and an extensive web-order business, allowing COE to sell globally.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov. Governor Wolf Announces COE Distributing to Expand, Moving Operations from Out of State to Fayette County
Serena Williams said that she would be happy to take part in a battle-of-the-sexes showdown with Andy Murray after the Scot issued a playful challenge to the American by proposing a one-off match in Las Vegas.Responding to a suggestion made by a fan on Twitter, Murray said that he would seriously consider an exhibition match against the women’s world No 1.“I’d be up for it. Why not?” Murray said. “I’ve never hit with her, but she’s obviously an incredible player and I think people would be interested to see the men play against the women to see how the styles match up. It’s happened in the past with Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova. How about Las Vegas as a venue?”Connors defeated Navratilova in Las Vegas in 1992 in a revival of a two-match challenge 19 years earlier when former men’s world No 1 Bobby Riggs, then aged 55, took on Margaret Court and Billie Jean King. He beat Court, but famously lost in straight sets to King in Houston in a match that grabbed the world’s attention.Williams has her own experience of playing against a male opponent – losing 6-1 to German journeyman Karsten Braasch in a one-set challenge when she was 16 at the Australian Open in 1988.Now 31 and arguably in the best form of her life, Williams believes she would be an entirely different proposition. “I was really young. I’m a lot more experienced now,” she said. Asked whether she was ready to take up Murray’s offer, Williams said: “That would be fun. I doubt I’d win a point, but that would be fun.”Judging by Williams’s progress this week, it could well take the men’s world No 2 to end her winning streak, which she extended to 33 successive matches with a 6-3 6-2 second-round victory against French teenager Caroline Garcia.“I wouldn’t want to play me at 21 or 31,” said the 31-year-old top seed, who is looking to draw level with Roger Federer’s haul of 17 grand slam titles.Her next opponent will be Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm, at 42 the oldest player in this year’s Wimbledon draw.Williams insisted that she would not be underestimating the veteran Japanese player after watching her sister Venus struggle to beat her in a three-hour epic two years ago that was dubbed the ‘Zimmer Frame Thriller’ because both players boasted a combined age of 71
Kingston, Jamaica | AFP | Sprint superstar Usain Bolt is one of three Rio Olympic gold medalists leading a 59-strong Jamaican team named Monday for next month’s athletics World Championships in London.Bolt has said he intends to run the 100m and the 4x100m relay at the worlds, his final event before retiring.He’s one of two reigning world champions, along with sprint hurdler Danielle Williams, who will be defending titles they won in China two years go. Elaine Thompson, who won the Olympic Sprint double last year in Rio, and Omar McLeod — the first man for the Caribbean island to win Olympic 110m hurdles gold — are also in the team published by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association.The team also includes sprint hurdler Hansle Parchment, shot putter O’Dayne Richards and 400m runner Shericka Jackson — all individual medalists in Beijing two years ago.Fedrick Dacres, the second ranked male discus thrower in the world, will attend his second World Championships.Share on: WhatsApp
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery will pour three award-winning selections at the annual Capital Food & Wine Festival at Saint Martin’s University on Saturday, March 25, from noon to 9 p.m. Once again, the winery’s sparkling cranberry wine, Rapture of the Deep, earned a gold medal at this competition. Director of Winemaking Dana Roberts will be on-hand at the event to share this extraordinary selection.Photo courtesy: Westport WineryMermaid, a blend of Merlot grapes from world-famous Red Willow and Two Blondes Vineyards, earned a silver medal. Each of Westport’s thirty-four wines and hard ciders benefits a selected charity. This label makes contributions to the Relay For Life of Grays Harbor. When visiting the winery, it’s always inspiring to see the locally crafted sculptures in the garden commemorating each of the wines. In this case a life-size mermaid, by welder Lisa Humbyrd-Murphy, greets visitors near the front door of the tasting room. The winery’s popular peach Riesling blend, called Peaches on the Beaches, won a bronze medal. This sculpture features two bathing beauties while the label, a watercolor by Darryl Easter, is a tanned torso. This wine benefits the Grays Harbor Breast Cancer Alliance. Ultimately, it is all about the delicious food, wine, and bon ami, which is why we always say “Cheers” at this fun festival.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. It was named 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest. They have been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine six times. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012, received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015, and were name Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine.Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The resort (including the restaurant, bakery, plant nursery and 15-acre display garden) is open daily or breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Westport Winery’s second location, TASTING @ Cannon Beach, is located at 255 N. Hemlock. The Oregon tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.
Facebook84Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Mayday FoundationWhen The Mayday Foundation was approached to partner with Providence Regional Cancer System and Capital Bicycling Club to host a bike ride, Amy Rowley, the non-profit organization’s founder and executive director, quickly said yes.The Two-County Double Metric Century ride starts and ends at Providence Regional Cancer System in Lacey. The route is suitable for serious cyclists and casual athletes. Dr. Barbara Lazio (right), a Providence neurosurgeon, is a key member of the ride’s planning committee. Photo courtesy: The Mayday Foundation“It was a natural collaboration,” said Rowley. “Providence is a strong force in helping local families cope with a cancer diagnosis and it’s a pleasure to work together with Capital Bicycling Club and Providence to raise funds for our neighbors.”The June 23, 2019 Two-County Double Metric Century ride, which starts and ends at Providence Regional Cancer System in Lacey, now includes a fundraising component. Each rider is asked to donate a minimum of $25, earmarked for The Sigrid Hardy Memorial Scholarship fund, managed by The Mayday Foundation.“When we lost our friend, Sigrid Hardy, last year to cancer it felt like a punch in the gut to me,” said bike ride planning committee member and Providence neurosurgeon, Dr. Barbara Lazio. “Sigrid was so hilarious, irreverent, and full of life. It was way too soon. Her kids were in school with mine since we moved to Olympia in 2010. The whole time I knew Sigrid, she was being treated for a rare cancer.”Dr. Lazio proposed the fundraising component and scholarship direction to The Mayday Foundation. “Our Two-County Double Metric Century ride was looking to fund something for local cancer patients and families. By working with The Mayday Foundation, we are so excited to start this scholarship for students whose families are affected by cancer, like the Hardy family. Sigrid Hardy was the obvious person to memorialize with this scholarship,” said Dr. Lazio.Applicants are asked to write a short essay describing how cancer has impacted their family. “We’re open to families when a parent, sibling or applicant has or has had cancer,” said Rowley. “Our goal is to not perpetuate the financial hardships of a cancer diagnosis into the next generation. Our hope is to reduce some of the burden of paying for college.”Originally, the groups intended to collect funds during the June 23, 2019 ride and distribute scholarships in 2020. However, the timeline was moved forward after generous donations from the community. “After two large donations, we hustled to pull together the scholarship form and get it distributed to Thurston County high schools. We decided it was more important to get these funds into the hands of kids impacted by cancer rather than holding dollars in our bank account,” said Rowley when discussing the shift to move up the timeline and give out scholarships in 2019.Dr. Barbara Lazio (left) and her daughter show off their jerseys before the 2018 Two-County Double Metric Century ride. The family was riding in honor of Sigrid Hardy. Photo courtesy: The Mayday FoundationAll Thurston County graduates, impacted by cancer and planning to enroll in an accredited college, university or trade school, are eligible to apply. “We quickly received a couple of applications from kids whose parents have tragically died from cancer,” said Rowley, noting the application process is open until May 20, 2019. The Mayday Foundation scholarship review committee will make a decision in early June and award as many scholarships as possible.“I am grateful that people are so generous and that generosity has Sigrid’s name attached to it. We’re just a middle class family trying to get by every day,” said her husband of 35 years, Derek Hardy. “Cancer throws a cloud over a family and this scholarship will throw some sunlight back into their lives.”When cyclists register for the June 23 Two-County Double Metric Century ride, they can read Sigrid Hardy’s story. The route includes a variety of lengths and is ideal for both the serious cyclist and the casual outdoor athlete. To register for the ride, click here.Dr. Lazio said in conclusion, “Please consider riding, volunteering or donating directly to the scholarship.”To learn more about The Mayday Foundation’s mission of helping families pay for household expenses while coping with a cancer diagnosis, visit www.maydayfoundation.org.
DONEGAL Daily Weekend Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Outlook – Another glorious weekend ahead, apart from Saturday morning rain, we will see loads of sunshine.FRIDAY … It will be a cold start, with a grass frost in some inland areas as temperatures fall overnight to just 2C or 3C. But Donegal will see sunshine for most of Friday, with just light winds, and temperatures of up to 16C in the afternoon. There is the chance of the odd shower, especially in the west of the county, but generally another glorious day for the county. Temperatures will fall no lower than 9C on Friday night as heavy rain hits the county from around 2am Saturday. SATURDAY …Saturday will start very wet with widespread rain and/or showers for the county; but these will clear by the afternoon with bright sunshine once again and temperatures of up to 15C or higher. Saturday evening will see the best of the sunshine.SUNDAY: Sunday will start misty and dull but it will soon brighten up and temperatures will rise once again to 16C or 17C with loads of sunshine, the best of this in the afternoon.ENJOY…wonderful food from Donegal’s only Josper Grill, making mouth-watering meals for you and your family. To book a table at Dexter’s call The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.GLORIOUS (MAINLY!): THE DD WEEKEND WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal daily weathermount errigal hotel letterkennyshowerssunshine
17 June 2014 Unseeded South African Nic Scholtz captured his second successive Sun City Futures tennis title on the weekend when he came from behind to upset third seeded fellow South African Fritz Wolmarans 4-6 6-2 6-4 in the final. Futures tournaments are part of the International Tennis Federation’s Pro Circuit and the first level of professional play, just below the ATP Challenger Tour. They’re a crucial stepping stone for many players aiming for careers on the ATP and WTA World Tours. The 23-year-old, after his best two weeks of tennis ever, ended the tournament on a 10-match winning streak. On his way to the two titles, he defeated seven seeds.‘A real battle’ “I knew today’s final was going to be a real battle,” Scholtz said after clinching victory.”Fritz is a hell of a player, with a big serve, so I had to pull out all the stops to take the match.” The contest prove to be a lengthy battle and lasted two hours and 25 minutes long. Scholtz started strongly breaking Wolmarans in the opening game of the match. However, in the fourth game, Wolmarans broke back to level at 2-2. The set then went with serve until the tenth game when Wolmarans broke to take the opener 6-4. In the second set, Scholtz regrouped early and broke serve twice to lead 4-0. After winning the second set 6-2, he needed only one break in the final set to clinch the set 6-4, and with it the match and title.‘I was able to take advantage’ “I was serving well but there were stages throughout the match that Fritz battled with his serve and I was able to take advantage,” said Scholtz. “In fact, Fritz surprisingly served quite a few double faults too, which helped me. “It was always going to be the battle of the big serves and with me serving better and Fritz struggling with his serve I had the upper hand,” he added. Wolmarans, despite the loss, said that he had enjoyed a good three weeks at Sun City. “To have won a title, reached a final, and a semifinal in the last three weeks, is more than I expected,” he admitted. “I came into Sun City without having played a lot of tournaments due to a long layoff from injury, did well here, and can leave with a lot of matches under my belt and added confidence.”Women’s singles In the women’s singles, top seed Chanel Simmonds showed her class and experience when she outplayed third seed Madrie le Roux 6-2 6-2 to claim the title in one hour and 28 minutes. Playing her best tennis of the tournament, Simmonds took control of the match in the fifth game of the first set when she broke serve to lead 3-2. Le Roux had put so much effort into the first four games that she looked like a tired and weary marathon runner on the changeover after the break. In fact, she broke Simmonds’ serve in the first game of the match and looked like a player on a mission. Simmonds, though, promptly broke back in the second game and both players then held serve until the sixth game when Simmonds broke to lead 4-2. She subsequently closed out the set 6-2.‘I was very consistent’ “I was very consistent, kept the ball going, yet played with good pace, which tired Madrie,” Simmonds said afterwards. “I was also playing the high ball, which forced Madrie to put in extra effort on her shots.” Simmonds broke early in the second set and raced into a 3-0 lead. Two further breaks in the sixth and eighth games gave her the set 6-2 and with it the match and title.Doubles Simmonds added the doubles title when she teamed up with fellow Fed Cup squad member Michelle Sammons to beat fourth seeds, Ilze Hattingh and Madrie Le Roux, 6- 3, 6-3, in the final. The men’s doubles title went to the top seeds Dean O’Brien and Ruan Roelofse. In the all South African final, they beat second seeds Nik Scholtz and Tucker Vorster 7- 6, 6-4. SAinfo reporter
We live in an era of burgeoning artificial intelligence (AI). We use digital assistants to perform online searches and handle scheduling, chatbots for customer service, and in the near future, we may even rely on AI for more personal interactions, like therapy.So could AI-backed robots and algorithms one day be able to replace real estate agents?A Future With AI Real Estate AgentsThere are certainly some strong points in favor of AI in this application. Already, human agents are working with AI to help uncover better deals, negotiate more appropriate price points, and even curate a better selection of properties for buyers.AI would have a number of advantages over real estate agents:Data processing. Machine learning algorithms are far better at processing vast amounts of data than their human counterparts. Real estate agents often need years, if not decades of experience buying or selling thousands of homes before they get a feel for what’s normal in the industry. But an algorithm could feasibly look at sale prices, home values, and variables from decades of transactions to gain that experience in a matter of days. On top of that, AI bots can use data from customer preferences to make custom property showcases, fine-tuned on an individual level.Cost efficiency. There’s a reason automation is replacing so many human jobs: it’s cheaper. Coming up with the machine learning algorithms capable of crunching thousands of data points isn’t fast or easy, but because it can be managed cheaply and scaled indefinitely, it has the potential to be far more cost-efficient than a human agent. Given the option, most home sellers would rather pay a smaller commission to a machine—so long as it means selling the house for as much as possible, as quickly as possible.Objectivity. AI algorithms also have the advantage of being objective decision makers. When a machine tells you a property is a good deal, it’s because it has calculated that answer based on all the data that’s available to it. When a human real estate agent tells you it’s a good deal, it may be because of their intuition, or because they have a vested interest in getting the property sold.The ObstaclesHowever, there’s no guarantee that AI could fully replace human agents. There are still several obstacles to overcome:Property preparation. For the foreseeable future, homebuyers will want to personally tour their properties before making the purchase, and that means someone will have to step in to make sure their first impression is a good one. Robots may be able to make suggestions, but it takes a human body to do the work—and real estate agents will be able to sort out those recommendations, combined with their own experience, to create an atmosphere that welcomes and impresses potential homebuyers.Intuition and personalized negotiation. In the previous section, we credited AI systems with having more objectivity, relying less on intuition than on data. While that can be a source of strength, it also undermines the power that intuition can have in the process of negotiation—especially when negotiating a deal between two human parties. Human real estate agents are, for the time being, better at reading the emotions and subtle cues of other human beings, and can use that information to make more intelligent offers—and therefore, close deals faster and more efficiently.The personal experience. For many prospective homebuyers, the homebuying process is a personal and emotional one. They want to share the excitement of touring new homes and negotiating a deal with someone who understands what they’re feeling, and can have a real conversation with them. Humans simply offer a better personal experience than machine learning algorithms can, and that makes human agents difficult to replace.So can AI one day replace human real estate agents? In some ways, it already can, but it still has a long way to go before it wipes out the profession entirely. Instead, we’ll probably see increased rates of real estate agents working with AI, side by side, to help real estate buyers and sellers negotiate the complex world of real estate. Frank Landman Related Posts AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …
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