Texas Tech hires Wells after success at alma mater Utah St

first_imgNovember 29, 2018 /Sports News – Local Texas Tech hires Wells after success at alma mater Utah St FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech hired Matt Wells as its new football coach Thursday night after he was part of an impressive turnaround at Utah State, his alma mater.Wells had a 44-34 record in six seasons as coach of the Aggies, who are 10-2 this year and headed to their fifth bowl in that span. He was an assistant at Utah State the previous two years, going to bowls both times, including a school-record 11 wins in 2012 when he was offensive coordinator.“Quickly in the interview process, it became clear Matt Wells and his leadership style were a perfect fit to lead our football program,” athletic director Kirby Hocutt said. “We have a great future in store under Coach Wells, and I firmly believe he is the right coach to take us to an elite level.”The 45-year-old Wells replaces Kliff Kingsbury, the former Texas Tech quarterback who was fired after his third consecutive losing season and a 35-40 overall record in six seasons as head coach.The Red Raiders were 5-7 this year, losing their finale 35-24 to Baylor last Saturday with a chance to become bowl eligible.“My family and I are excited to join the Red Raider family,” Wells said. “I am excited to meet the team and get to work on building an elite program that Red Raider fans will enjoy every Saturday.”Texas Tech said Wells is bringing offensive coordinator David Yost and defensive coordinator Keith Patterson with him from Utah State.For Texas Tech fans used to big-scoring offenses, the Aggies this season are third nationally with 47.2 points a game to trail only Oklahoma and Alabama. They have an NCAA-best 24 scoring drives of under a minute.Utah State also is solid on defense, allowing only 23 points a game. The Aggies have allowed at least 30 points only three times, including their losses to then-No. 11 Michigan State in the season opener and 33-24 at then-No. 21 Boise State last week in a game for a spot in the Mountain West Conference championship game. That ended the Aggies’ 10-game winning streak.The Aggies have an NCAA-best 18 interceptions, six of them returned for touchdowns. They have also recovered 10 fumbles, and their plus-11 turnover margin is among the best in the country.Earlier this week, Wells was voted Mountain West Conference coach of the year for the second time.Wells has been a player (1993) or coach (2012-14) for all four of Utah State’s bowl wins. He was a Utah State quarterback from 1993-96.His coaching career started at Navy from 1997-01, before going to Tulsa (2002-06), New Mexico (2007-08, 2010) and Louisville (2009) until joining former head coach Gary Andersen’s staff at Utah State in 2011. Associated Press Tags: Matt Wells/Utah State Aggies Football Written bylast_img read more

Australian Navy completes Chinook trials for LHD ships

first_img The CH-47F Chinook aircraft are now cleared for take-off from Australian Navy’s landing helicopter docks as the heavy lift helicopter has completed class trials onboard HMAS Adelaide.One of two LHD ships in the Australian Navy, HMAS Adelaide embarked the helicopter in early August to assess all aspects of the ship, aircraft and equipment interface to develop recommendations for embarked operating envelopes.Over seven weeks, Adelaide sailed from Tasmania to Darwin to conduct cold and hot weather aspects of the trial.During that time, the aircraft flew a total of 119 hours and conducted 625 deck landings. The test team were also able to collect data from 1,342 test points.Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, said the results would be used to set operating limits for the aircraft onboard the Navy’s two Canberra class ships, HMAS Adelaide and Canberra.“This data will facilitate the establishment of a comprehensive suite of enduring operating limits for the Chinook. It will provide a significant capability for Australia’s amphibious forces in ship to object manoeuvres and humanitarian aid and disaster relief.“This is an excellent outcome and testament to the dedication of those involved. It is an impressive body of work by any measure.” Rear Admiral Mayer said.During first of class flight trials, ship and helicopter operating limits are developed for all aspects of operations, including launch, recovery, degraded modes/recovery, vertical replenishment, transfer, helicopter in-flight refuelling and on-deck evolutions.The process identifies conditions in which the ship, aircraft or equipment need to be modified to ensure safe flying activities. Share this article View post tag: HMAS Adelaide October 14, 2016 Authorities View post tag: Chinookcenter_img View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Chinook wraps up trials onboard Australian landing helicopter docks View post tag: LHD Chinook wraps up trials onboard Australian landing helicopter dockslast_img read more

Tom Rotondi Makes Voters’ Needs Top Priority in 2nd Ward Election

first_imgSecond Ward Councilman Tom Rotondi with his wife, Stephanie, and their children (from left) baby Joey, Tommy, 7, and 2-year-old Celeste. (Photo courtesy Tom Rotondi Facebook page) By MADDY VITALEWhen describing his experience, Tom Rotondi, who is running unopposed for the 2nd Ward City Council seat in Ocean City, said he didn’t exactly plan to ever run for office.In fact, the 41-year-old married father of three was used to helping others with their campaigns to get elected. He spent time knocking on doors and speaking with voters about candidates he believed in when he lived in Lower Township and then in Ocean City, a place the Rotondis have called home for over a decade.“I really always wanted to pick the best candidate to represent the people. It is important you are doing this for the people. It is not about the title,” Rotondi explained in an interview. “If you are doing it for the people, you don’t care about the title. If it is about the title, then that is how you end up with bad government.”When the opportunity came up to run for the 2nd Ward seat vacated by Councilman Antwan McClellan, who won election to the state Assembly, Rotondi said he was excited.“I really liked knocking on doors and campaigning for people. As time went on and the opportunity came up with Antwan McClellan’s seat, I thought, ‘Why not step up?’” Posted by Tom Rotondi on Monday, April 20, 2020Unlike any other year in voting history, at least in Cape May County, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the voting is limited to mail-in ballots for the May 12 municipal election.While it has changed the way Rotondi and other ward candidates are campaigning, it has not changed his resolve to get out the message that he will do well representing his ward.He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children, Tommy, 6, Celeste, 2, and 10-month-old Joey. Rotondi pledged that, if elected to Council, he will work hard to keep Ocean City family-friendly and safe and holding down on spending for lower taxes.That is his main priority.Safely opening the town for its residents and for tourism and controlling over-building are two additional areas of concern he also hears about from voters.“We are a shore community and thrive on tourism. Together, both business leaders and the city administration need to work to develop a plan using the data that has been collected to restart our economy safely for the summer,” he said.And when it comes to construction, elected officials need to focus on smart growth, Rotondi said.“We want to grow, but not at the expense of the city plan. I would like to see the fabric of Ocean City intact and not look like a bunch of cookie cutter buildings,” he added. “There are some historical portions of Ocean City that are so important to preserve.”Flooding is always a priority in the resort. Rotondi pointed out that Mayor Jay Gillian’s numerous flood mitigation projects throughout the community have helped but there is much more to be done.“My main concern is fixing the flooding issues. Tackling that issue, like it has been done on Bay Avenue and Fourth Street, is a top priority,” Rotondi said.He noted that he would also like to see more shared services agreements and grants for flood mitigation and other projects.Rotondi said his background certainly lends itself to serving on Council.He has the ability to listen to people and discuss ideas and a no-nonsense approach to business, he said.Ocean City 2nd Ward Council candidate Tom Rotondi hands in his nominating petition to City Clerk Melissa Rasner, while his wife, Stephanie, and son, Tommy, look on in March.Not only has he served in the military, but he was in law enforcement before choosing a career path that better suited his growing family. Now, he is able to work from home and dedicate time to them and his community.He currently works with the Marsh and McLennan Agency, specializing in employee health and benefits consulting for non-profit, municipal and health care providers.Before his current position, Rotondi served in several different roles in the military and law enforcement.He is a U.S. Army veteran, having served from 1997 to 2000.After returning from service, he attended and graduated as class president from the Cape May County Police Academy. He became a Lower Township police officer and then a corrections officer for the State Department of Corrections.Given the opportunity, Rotondi hopes to hold 2nd Ward meetings, similar to those held by incumbent Fourth Ward Councilman Bob Barr, to create an open dialogue and a venue separate from the Council meetings, specifically dedicated to issues in his ward.“I want to be engaged and I will be having the ward meetings regularly to ensure they have a voice. It is important,” he said. “I can’t sit up there without talking to people and knowing what the issues are for them in our ward.”Candidate Tom Rotondi is surrounded by family and friends and other supporters at Mark Soifer Park, across from City Hall on March 5, prior to social distancing restrictions.Not having an election opponent has not lessen how Rotondi has campaigned.Prior to the pandemic, he knocked on more than 500 doors to talk to people about the issues that matter to them, he explained.With the unique environment now, social distancing and closures, Rotondi had to turn from face-to-face meetings with constituents to a fully digital platform, using text messages, emails and social media platforms to get his message out.The civic-minded candidate noted that he is able to juggle myriad responsibilities on boards and organizations because he believes in what they are about.Rotondi is a current member of the Ocean City Zoning Board, which he was unanimously appointed to by City Council in 2016. He is also a volunteer coach with Ocean City tee ball and a Master Mason with Cape Island Lodge 30.Additionally, he is on multiple boards and is a volunteer with “Hand-to-Hand Mission to Haiti,” a non-profit organization that hand delivers solar lights, food, education supplies and tuition for the children in Haiti.Rotondi believes his versatile resume includes all of the attributes that will make him a good leader and an asset to the Council.“I think that every job I have ever had has given me a better understanding of people. I have had a lot of on-the-job training for crisis and good times,” he said. “I think my leadership is proven. I am able to stand up to people and not crumble. I think all of these leadership qualities gives me the understanding to be a good public servant.”last_img read more

#BETT2018: Dell Announces All New Dell Chromebook 5000 Series

first_imgTechnology can help educators transform traditional classrooms into flexible environments that enable 21st century learning anywhere, anytime. Dell EMC, the infrastructure solutions business of Dell Technologies, partners with schools to enable them to reinvent teaching and learning in a way that embraces the digital age. Together, we design learning experiences that encourage interaction, collaboration and creativity among teachers and students alike.Dell offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions designed to provide student access in the classroom, in the lab or at home. From Windows or Chrome OS-based laptops and 2-in-1s to projectors and displays, Dell is committed to providing the cutting-edge technology that encourages student exploration and expression of creative thought.New Dell Chromebook 5000 SeriesTo complement our comprehensive offerings of collaborative, mobile and data-driven solutions, we are thrilled to announce the new Dell Chromebook 5000 series . These Dell Chromebooks (5190) are available in 11-inch clamshell or 2-in-1 convertible form factors, and deliver improved performance, more than 13 hours of battery life, the ultimate in durability for students and advanced features tailor-made for the classroom environment.Dell is the only tier-one PC manufacturer that has fully ruggedized laptops, tablets and 2-in-1s in its portfolio. Learnings and design elements from the rigorous testing done on the Rugged portfolio find their way into the education products as well, including scratch-resistant displays, reinforced hinges, spill-resistant keyboards and chassis designed to survive drops.The Dell Chromebook 5000 series is built to withstand common accidents that may happen in the classroom or on the go with a new robust chassis design that survives 48-inch drop tests and 30-inch drop tests onto steel (the approximate height of a classroom desk on the harshest possible surface). Plus, Dell is the first Chromebook manufacturer with the ability to claim its devices can withstand 10,000 micro-drops. With 4-inch drops performed in multiple angles, Dell could replicate student device damage seen at two to four-year usage.Other new features exclusive to the Dell Chromebook 5000 series include World Facing Camera options for creating videos, EMR pen support for a natural pen-to-paper writing experience, USB Type-C connectivity for easy connections to external drives and other peripherals, and dual-core and quad-core Intel Celeron processors for faster performance. The Dell Chromebook 5190 devices will be available starting in February 2018 and pricing will start at $289.Dell at #BETT2018: Redefining the ClassroomThe announcement of the Dell Chromebook 5190 solutions comes as part of Dell EMC’s participation as an exhibitor at the BETT Show, taking place January 24-27 in London. To learn more about how Dell EMC is helping educators transform education, visit stand B320.Visit http://www.dell.com/en-us/work/learn/k-12-solutions to learn more about how Dell EMC can be a partner in helping how schools and institutions to embrace new learning environments, redefine classrooms and drive successful student outcomes.last_img read more

Tix Now Available for Buzzer Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Opening night for Buzzer is set for April 8. The Anne Kauffman-helmed production will run through April 26. Buzzer follows Jackson, a man who left his tough Brooklyn neighborhood by winning a scholarship to Exeter, where he met Don, a play-hard rich boy who became his unlikely best friend. Now a Harvard-educated lawyer, Jackson’s bought a place in the newly gentrifying area he grew up in. But Jackson’s white girlfriend, Suzy, isn’t so sure she belongs in a community “on the verge.” When Don comes to crash with his old buddy and stay clean, his stories of the neighborhood’s dangerous past collide with the growing disconnect between Jackson and Suzy and the sexual and racial tensions waiting just beyond the door. Related Shows Tickets are now on sale for the New York premiere of Tracey Scott Wilson’s Buzzer. Grantham Coleman, Tessa Ferrer and Michael Stahl-David will star in the Public Theater production. Performances are set to begin on March 24 at off-Broadways Martinson Theater. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 26, 2015 Buzzerlast_img read more

India’s solar generation jumps in first half of 2019

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:India saw its solar power generation rise by 32% on the year to 23.7 billion kWh in the first half of 2019, show statistics by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA).The growth rate, however, was significantly lower than that recorded in the first half of 2018, when solar output jumped by 86% year-on-year. This came as a result of the slower pace of capacity additions in the reporting period, during which the country commissioned 3.2 GW of fresh photovoltaic (PV) capacity, as compared to 5 GW a year before.In the second quarter alone, solar parks in India produced 12.28 million kWh of electricity, or 29% more than a year before and 7% more than in the previous quarter.According to Mercom Capital’s India Solar Project Tracker, solar accounted for 8.73% of India’s total installed power generation capacity with almost 31.5 GW of PV parks at the end of June. The country’s goal is to add 100 GW of solar by 2022 as part of its renewables transition. The installation pace in some parts, however, is hindered as developers face serious challenges such as curtailment issues in states including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.More: India’s H1 solar output grows 32% Y/Y India’s solar generation jumps in first half of 2019last_img read more

Brazil and Chile, Together in Free Fall

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo June 22, 2017 Members of the Blue Berets of the Chilean Air Force (FACh, per its Spanish acronym) participated in a cooperative exchange of jumping skills with the Brazilian Army’s Parachute Squadron Os Cometas (The Comets). The instruction is part of the Chilean squadron’s training for an annual international military parachuting competition, and the Latin American championship. Over the first two weeks of April, 11 members of the Blue Berets, four paratroopers from Os Cometas Squadron, and 18 instructors and military technicians attended the training held in a free-fall simulator (wind tunnel) at the Brazilian Army’s Special Operations Command in Goiânia near Brasília. The training was focused on improving solo and group jumping skills, developing control maneuvers, improving communication among participants, practicing landing approaches, and improving flight methods for the service members who operate the chambers. “This training has allowed us to strengthen solo and group skills in order to improve performance in the air, as well as sharing experiences and procedures,” FACh Major Pablo Varela, the squadron commander of the Blue Berets, told Diálogo. During the training period, each participant entered the simulator four times a day. Each paratrooper free falls for 30 seconds, so each 30-minute session represents 60 live jumps. The training for each member of the Chilean team amounted to approximately two hours, which is equivalent to 240 live jumps. “This year, we added four hours with the navigation simulator, which allowed them to practice landing approaches and landing tracks virtually, in various scenarios and in different weather conditions, thereby improving precision and safety in their landings,” Maj. Varela stated. “We know that parachuting is a high-risk activity. That’s why training and safety make it more secure,” said Héctor Ulloa, the president of the Chilean Parachuting Federation and of the Latin American Parachuting Confederation, based in Chile. The military participants experienced the full effects of a free fall in an airflow that varied between 180 and 250 kilometers per hour. In that time, they controlled their bodies, their turns, and transitions. The training was done in a controlled, risk-free environment, with ongoing guidance from the Chilean instructors. World titles “This squadron has always participated in the development of parachuting at the national level, being one of the forerunners of this discipline in Chile,” Ulloa underscored. The experiences and exchange of knowledge that the Chileans received together with their Brazilian peers are part of their annual training to participate in national and international championships both in civilian and military spheres. “Being an Air Force team makes this work a lot easier for us, as our personnel is professional, loyal, dedicated, resilient, and united,” Maj. Varela emphasized. This unit, with its years of training, has won various titles due to its skill and high degree of preparation and focus on risky routines that hundreds of spectators enjoy. In August, the Blue Berets will train on free-fall formation skills in Chile in order to represent the country in the Latin American Championship to be held in October, in Cardona, Argentina. The training will take place “with guidance from a Brazilian instructor who has done more than 10,000 jumps,” Ulloa said. The elite group took first place in the National Free-Fall Formation Championship in November 2016. Paratroopers from the Chilean team will make their best effort to achieve optimum results in the World Military Parachuting Championship in July, in Germany, where more than 30 nations will be participating. The categories in this competition will include solo and group precision landing and acrobatics. “All of this training enables us to do safer and more appealing presentations, and to raise our competitive level,” Major Varela remarked. “Our show squadron is exceedingly strict about safety protocols and quite demanding in its training in order to maintain the standards and the flight performances needed to compete with powerful nations like Brazil and Argentina,” Ulloa added. A better use of resources According to Maj. Varela, the training in the free-fall simulator system lowers the cost of the training process and raises the level of safety during the jumps. For example, each free-fall jump from an altitude of 10,000 feet has a useful free-fall time of 30 seconds. If a mistake is made, the paratrooper cannot continue with the sequence, or with the exercise that he was attempting to perform. In the simulator, each entry is two minutes long, which equates to four sessions. If a mistake is made or the exercise needs to be repeated, the instructor can do so immediately, and continue with the sequence. “This instruction allows our institution [FACh] to improve training for our middle managers, making a more efficient use of resources. Costs are minimized in terms of flight hours, wear and tear, and the risks involved,” Maj. Varela stressed. “Also, it’s impossible to achieve that amount of free-fall time in four days making live jumps. So, you get significant improvement on the team in a shorter amount of time.” The Blue Berets, also known as the Air Knights, belong to the FACh’s Presentation Group established in the 1970s. In the last five years, 5,000 jumps have been made between instruction, training, presentations, and competitions. This group of paratroopers backs the development and mastery of free jumping skills in FACh Special Forces units. It also stimulates scientific research and development in the areas of flight physiology by supporting the activities that the Aerospace Medicine Center carries out in that field, according to the FACh training website.last_img read more

30 feet underwater — The resurrection story of McGraw-Hill’s 55 Water Street Branch…

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr From 30 feet underwater to drying out and rebuilding a shiny, new Financial Wellness Center, this is the resurrection story of McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union’s 55 Water Street, NYC, branch — deluged from 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. An inspiring story of how this credit union rebuilt and reopened to serve as example of resilience to its members. continue reading »last_img

CU 2.0 Podcast 21: Ron Shevlin on “Is the Party Over?”

first_img continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s the Credit Union podcast! CU 2.0 is excited to bring you the twenty-first in a series of podcasts from Robert McGarvey. Welcome to the CU 2.0 Podcast, regular interviews with credit union leaders, thinkers, movers, shakers and more.Cornerstone Advisors’ Ron Shevlin’s report on “What’s Going On in Banking 2019. Is the Party Over?” is out and he’s in the CU2.0 Podcast to share some of his findings.Read the report here.  It’s free.To compile the report Shevlin surveyed some 300+ senior executives in financial institutions – around 120 in credit unions – and they spill their views of their tomorrows.Has the Trump bump become the Trump slump, asked Shevlin.last_img read more

The long neck of accountability

first_img 81SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Nanci Wilson Nanci started her credit union journey due to lack of kindness.That fact is what led her to close her bank account and open up at a credit union.Ultimately … Web: https://www.universityfederalcu.org Details I often reflect back on one of my first employments and how it taught me so much about the working world.I was young and by all rights pretty naïve to the ways of cooperate America.Now I wasn’t solving world peace, but I was having a blast encouraging people to “never grow up” because “there were a million toys that you could play with”.This was my first taste of what it meant to work for a large company.I was chosen to wear the giraffe mascot on opening day.At the time I thought this was quite the honor, however looking back I could see that perhaps it was just because I was goofy enough to pull it off.They were incredibly serious about training to be this epidemy of childhood fun.I often had to wear the outfit to do regular things so that I could get used to walking in the bulky costume without tripping.Two bars set beside each of my ears and a small peek hole was at the base of the neck. I was constantly whacking the top of the mascot head on low hanging items as I would forget that I was supposed to be a giraffe. If the mascot had actual feeling it would for certain have had a concussion during the training days.Opening day approached quickly and the buzz around town matched that of excitement and curiosity.Now I have never been into sports.Most of my cardio is taken care of when I sweep the room with a glance.However, I felt like I was in the sports tunnel ready to burst out on the scene and pump up the crowd.The management team surrounded me with a lot of “You’ve got this!” and “Energy! Energy! Energy!”.The doors opened and from that little peek hole in the giraffe suit I could see what felt like a million parents and children screaming and cheering for this childhood icon.This was the moment I had been training for.This was the moment that I had tripped, fallen, and learned how to speak with my boisterous actions for.The line of children quickly formed to take pictures with the toy mascot.The first child stood there anxiously pointing and laughing as one of the team members led her to me.I was smiling from ear to ear in that costume. I knew that nobody could see me smile, but it was incredibly hard not to.The little girl yelled the mascot name and came running up to hug me.With my arms open wide and my secret smile I bent down to give her the warmest hug that this giraffe could give.What I did not account for was her mother standing so closely behind her.What I did not account for what that I had forgotten I had a giraffe neck that extended at least three feet from my own.What I did not account for is how heavy the head was when bending down.As I knelt to hug that cute little girl, I quickly knocked her mother out with my big giraffe head.It was like slow motion as the mother fell flat on her back to the asphalt.The mascot was instructed to never speak.That was one of the major rules.You speak with actions and not with words.As that mother went crashing to the ground, the most horrendous thing came out of the black netting at the base of the giraffe neck.I won’t repeat it, but it rhymed with fit.I was quickly escorted to the break room where the head of the mascot was removed and I was immediately reprimanded. Just 15 minutes earlier I was being pumped up to be the greatest giraffe there ever was.How quickly my neck fell from grace.I sat there sweaty, embarrassed, and with half of a giraffe body.I looked at my manager and realized there was nothing I could do but own it and say sorry.So, that is exactly what I did.It was within that moment that I learned taking accountability isn’t always easy, but it is always the right thing to do.I could have said “BUT!!!” and continued on with a million different excuses on why I swore, but it wouldn’t have changed that I broke the cardinal mascot rule.Shockingly enough, I did not get placed in mascot jail.The grand opening did not end.The balloons didn’t all deflate at once.The crowd didn’t wither away.Twenty minutes later I was back out there greeting the kids and dancing around like nothing had ever taken place.The woman was fine by the way. She enjoyed telling people that the Giraffe at the local toy store knocked her out.I had a few weeks of being called “Rocky”.Life in the toy business went on.In life, both personal and business, we will make mistakes.Those mistakes will range in levels.That is not as important as how you handle those moments.Will you stand up and own up, or will you excuse the mistake away until it is tucked nicely under a rug?Taking accountability for becoming a swearing giraffe taught me a valuable lesson.Who you are, what you stand for, and the character in which you see yourself all comes to a spotlight in moments just like these.Being so humanly human allows you to create loyalty with the people around you.They begin to understand that you are not perfect, but that you take accountability and move on.They begin to understand that accountability doesn’t have to be scary.The truth is STUFF happens!These moments and how you choose to write the story become the very foundation of the employee and future leader that you are shaping up to be.So, what’s your story?last_img read more

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