Local personal trainer receives national recognition

first_imgGrabowMARSHFIELD — Snap Fitness of Marshfield trainer Nikki Grabow has recently received recognition as a National Physique Committee (NPC) figure competitor.After a year of intense training, Grabow placed fifth in both Master’s Novice and Figure Open at the 2014 NPC North Star Competition in Burnsville, Minn. She next competed at the Badger State Games in West Allis, Wis., where she placed second in Master’s and fifth in Figure Open.Grabow credits training, clean eating, and support from her family and friends for her success. She has had a lifelong passion for fitness and believes that physical exercise and proper nutrition can help people of all ages create positive changes that can last a lifetime.Her motto is, “What doesn’t challenge you, doesn’t change you.” She uses this philosophy not only for herself but as a personal trainer at Snap Fitness.last_img read more

36 new schools for Gauteng province

first_img16 January 2012Thirty-six new schools will be opened in South Africa’s Gauteng province during this year’s first term, with 13 of these expected to be ready for occupation when inland province schools open on Wednesday.Briefing the media in Olievenhoutbosch, near Centurion, on the province’s readiness for the reopening of schools this week, Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy said it was all systems go for the start of the new academic year.She said the new schools would not only help with the accommodation of new learners coming to the province, but that they would also ease the pressure in some of the overcrowded schools. Plans to beef up teaching staff are well underway.“In August last year, we distributed the vacancy list for teaching posts in our schools and all vacancies were filled. We have approved 500 additional posts for the new schools,” Creecy said.To ensure that learning and teaching start on the first day of school, Creecy said orders for Learner Teacher Support Material were placed by school principals and officials in May last year.“Admissions started on 1 August 2011 and this year, we anticipate 209 000 Grade 1 learners will begin their schooling career. We are also registering 110 000 learners in state supported Grade R facilities,” she said.Late applicationsParents who are still seeking space in schools have been advised to go to their nearest district offices where the department has set up operation centres. District officials will advise parents on the capacity of schools and help to place learners.Late applications will be handled at the special operation centres established at head office and district offices to allow principals to manage the curriculum in schools from the first day of schooling.The department also conducted an audit of furniture needs at all districts last year and a list of schools with shortages and damaged furniture was generated.“We’ve placed orders and deliveries are currently underway. We have also procured furniture for the new schools and started maintenance work at 69 schools in May 2011. Currently, work is in progress at 42 sites,” she said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Baidu wants you to tour China by autonomous car

first_imgFor Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Visitors to Wuzhen, a scenic town close to Shanghai, may be able to book an autonomous car ride from their hotel to various tourist spots in the near future.The autonomous cars will be supplied by Baidu, the Chinese search giant that has been working on self-driving for two years now. It announced a partnership with Wuzhen Tourist Co. to research viable routes for autonomous cars and the number of cars needed.See also: Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, and Honda lead the autonomous car raceWuzhen is starting to become another tech hub inside China, due to recent modernization of IT infrastructure in the town. It became the permanent host of China’s World Internet Conference in 2014.Baidu and Wuzhen Tourist Co. did not say when the research would be completed and did not give a potential launch date.They plan to test its autonomous cars in ten locations. It has already announced Wuhu City and an industrial park in Shanghai as two of the locations, with Wuzhen being the third city revealed.Baidu car efforts also have a Silicon Valley footprintOutside of China, Baidu has set up a self-driving lab in Silicon Valley and tests its cars in the United States. We suspect that the company wants to compete for autonomous partnerships outside of China too, potentially making its brand more commonly known to Westerners.Baidu said it wants to commercialize autonomous cars by 2018, a bit earlier than some of the Western rivals that see 2020-2022 as the launch period.In China, Baidu faces increasing competition in the autonomous car market. LeEco has announced plans to launch an electric, autonomous car, and rivals Alibaba and Tencent are both scoping out the market.Even with all of this interest from major companies, people in China are uninterested in autonomous cars. Only nine percent have a positive view of the technology, according to a survey by J.D. Power and Tencent Auto, compared to 18 percent in the United States. Related Posts David Curry Tags:#Autonomous car#Baidu#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving#Wuzhen center_img IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Czech Broadcaster Turns to Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series to Launch Cloud-Based IT Services

first_imgDownload NowČeské Radiokomunikace is a modern broadcasting and telecommunications company with nationwide operations across the Czech Republic. It was the first company in the country to offer digital TV broadcasts. Alongside its TV and radio broadcasting services, it also provides a full range of voice, data, and Internet services. Looking to develop and strengthen its market segment position by continually improving services, it recognized the value in offering cloud-based services to Czech companies and built a data center from which to launch them. To ensure top server performance, security, and energy-efficiency, it implemented the Cisco Unified Computing System* powered by Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series.“Entry into the information communications technologies services market segment was a big challenge for us,” explained Marcel Procházka, head of business development and strategy for České Radiokomunikace. “We carefully chose collaborators who could deliver cloud computing solutions. Intel, together with Cisco, offered not only an optimal technical solution in the form of the Cisco Unified Computing System equipped with Intel® processors, but also wider business cooperation and IT knowledge to help us succeed in a highly competitive market segment.”To learn more, download our new České Radiokomunikace business success story. As always, you can find this one, and many more, in the Intel.com Reference Room and Survival Kit.*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.last_img read more

A free hit for legendary cricketers’ dreams

first_imgSome of the legendary Indian cricketers who had either given up on many of their dreams or put on hold their pet projects can now fulfil their aspirations or complete their unfinished tasks. The handsome one-time benefit purse that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced for 157 Test and first-class players will help them tide over the situation.For instance, legendary big-hitting batsman Salim Durani can now expand his school in Jamnagar, Gujarat; former India captain Nari Contractor can go on the vacation that he had either been postponing or had completely given up on; 79-year-old Bapu Nadkarni feels the Rs 60 lakh that he would receive will help him see through the “rest of his life”. Legendary spin duo Bishan Singh Bedi and B.S. Chandrasekhar also expressed their happiness at the Board’s largesse.Contractor, who lives in Mumbai, feels that the real beneficiaries would be the children of the players of his generation.Contractor, 78, who will receive Rs 60 lakh for having played 31 Tests for India, hinted that he would spend much of the money on his grandchildren, who also live in Mumbai. “More than anything else, I ask [myself]: how many years of life do I have left in me? I get the BCCI monthly gratis and will now get Rs60 lakh. How do I spend this amount? It’ll definitely Rssettle’ our lives. But the real beneficiaries are the children of players who are being given this largesse. I have a son and a daughter and both of them have two children each,” Contractor, a left-handed batsman, told Mail Today. “Apart from all that, probably I can go on a holiday.”advertisementDurani, who is said to have hit sixes on public demand, will also receive Rs60 lakh for having played 29 Tests. The Jamnagarbased cricketer said that he would now expand the small school that he and his family run in his home city.”Several people in my family are in the teaching line, like my younger sister and a niece. They run a very small school in our ancestral house. We have decided to expand the school and construct a building, and start prep classes with the money that I received as part of the CK Nayudu Award last year (Rs13.50 lakh after deducting the tax) and now this amount,” Durani, now 77, told Mail Today.On being told that when Contractor made his Test debut in 1955 he got Rs 250 and when he left the scene in 1962 he received the same amount, Durani, in a lighter vein, said that the figure was slightly less. “He didn’t give you the correct picture. We used to get 40 annas less than Rs 250 per Test. When we used to go to ‘Mama’ (ND) Karmarkar, the then assistant secretary of the BCCI and a very jovial person, he used to ask jokingly if we had brought the revenue stamp of 40 annas,” he recalled. “And it is only then that we used to get the Rs 250 Test fee on the fifth and last day of a match.”Contractor pointed out that players had to use the Rs250 for their laundry, food, and coolie [porter] etc.And no equipment was available free of cost. So we could hardly save anything from the match fees,” he stressed. Left-arm spinner Nadkarni, who’ll receive Rs 60 lakh, disclosed that he had requested Sharad Pawar “to do something for former players”. “The BCCI monthly pension is very good, but the point is that you cannot survive only on that amount because of the high cost of living. When we retired, our limited income came to a halt,” he said.===Internship will benefit NIS coachesL. S. Ranawat, executive director, NIS, Patiala.For the first time in the 51-year history of India’s premier coaching school – the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala – students who get admission in the diploma course in sports coaching for 2012-13 will undergo a compulsory eight-month internship. The course is of 10 months, starting July 1. Students will be paid a monthly stipend of Rs 10,000 during the internship.LS Ranawat, executive director at NIS, said that even the students who are passing out in 2011-12 session will have a two-month internship. “Last year too we had provided an internship opportunity, though we hadn’t announced it. Students passing out this session will have a two-month internship starting May 17. Each student will be paid Rs 10,000 per month, given two sets of kits, and their lodging will be free,” Ranawat told Mail Today. “From next year, we’ll provide an eight-month internship for the first time in NIS’s history.”advertisementVeteran coaches have welcomed the move by the Sports Authority of India, of which NIS is an important wing. “Previous students used to lose touch with what they had learnt at the NIS in the absence of coaching opportunities. Now, even if they don’t gets jobs they’ll get practical knowledge of coaching and earn some money too,” said one.===By announcing that the BCCI working committee has Rsapproved’ the participation of Pakistani national T20 champions, Sialkot Stallions, in the Champions League T20 in October, BCCI president N Srinivasan has sent people guessing vis-a-vis the resumption of India-Pakistan bilateral Test series.In 2004, too, when the series resumed after almost 15 years, it was preceded by junior level tournaments.Will the invitation be a precursor to resumption of the bilateral contests, or purely commercial reasons have prompted the decision?===Master spinner finds T20 a tough formatBapu Nadkarni keeps track of the Mumbai Indians.IPL is bowlers’ nightmare – well, most of the times – as the 20-over format provides undue advantages to batsmen. Bapu Nadkarni, who still holds the world records for bowling maximum successive maiden overs in an innings and a match, says even he would have found the Twenty20 format challenging. “Accuracy doesn’t help in T20; you need something more because batsmen play so many innovative, different shots,” the Mumbai-based Nadkarni told Mail Today. “It’s good fun [nonetheless].”The 79-year-old left-arm spinner, who played 41 Tests between 1955 and 1968, said he often watches the IPL matches. “I follow the Mumbai Indians,” informed the veteran who spends most of the time at home.Asked if youngsters, especially spinners, come to you to seek his advice, the Nadkarni deftly tackled the query. “Where do they have the time? Day in and day out they are playing,” he said, in a way defending the present-generation cricketers for not consulting him.After his Test career, Nadkarni served as a national team manager, his most memorable stint being India’s tour of Australia in 1980-81, when Sunil Gavaskar’s team staged a remarkable comeback to win the third and final Test in Melbourne to level the series 1-1. On that tour, Nadkarni was assistant manager to Shahid Ali Khan Durrani, who saved the potentially explosive situation in Melbourne when Gavaskar almost threatened to concede the match.last_img read more

Remembering the Late and Great Nichelle Farrington

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Nov 2014 – And today I pause to remember the late and great Nichelle Farrington, who would have today been 27 years old… Farrington, daughter of radio personality Crazy Chrissy Pratt, who grew up before so many due to her outstanding nature and untamable gifts in communication was an accomplished TV journalist, prolific poet and ostentatious writer. QUOTE. On February 26, 2012 we lost Nichelle, in a car accident on South Dock road. Nonetheless, a Happy Birthday to Nichelle Nicole Farrington. Related Items:crazy chrissy pratt, Nichelle Farrington, tv journalistlast_img

Californians with cannabis convictions can clear their records

first_img Posted: January 17, 2018 January 17, 2018 Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, Californians with cannabis convictions can clear their recordscenter_img Updated: 9:50 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — While marijuana is legal for adults to buy and use in California, as a result of Proposition 64, many Californians may not realize that the measure also gives people with cannabis-related convictions the right to have their past offenses either reduced or removed.The new law allows adults to possess, purchase and consume up to an ounce of marijuana and up to eight grams of marijuana concentrate.It’s also legal now to grow up to six plants. Under the previous law, possession of a single plant could result in a felony. San Diego attorney Michael Cindrich said numerous people have asked for his help in clearing their records.“In some cases, we’ve had clients who were on felony probation, and the felonies were reduced to misdemeanors, so they were taken off of felony probation, no longer had a probation officer, and they were no longer subject to terms and conditions such as not being able to travel outside the county or state without permission,” Cindrich said.He said he’s also had clients who were released from jail, based on having their prior convictions reduced or overturned.State Assemblymember Rob Bonta, of Oakland would like to make the expungement process even easier.He’s proposed state legislation that would clear convictions automatically instead of leaving individuals with the responsibility and cost of filing a petition with the court. Cindrich thought that was a good idea.“This would put the burden on the courts and there would be no cost to the individuals,” Cindrich said.As of last September, more than 4,800 Californians had petitioned the courts to have their marijuana convictions removed or reclassified. last_img read more

Urban Scholars Union Scholarships

first_img April 12, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two San Diego students are winners of the Urban Scholar’s Union Scholarship.Amber Miller and Michael Schmitt both received the scholarship. The Urban Scholar’s Union is a group of formerly incarcerated students at most community colleges in San Diego County. KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 12, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Urban Scholar’s Union Scholarships KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more