Calculator shows hidden costs of fatigued workforce

first_imgSleep disorders and sleep deficiency are hidden costs that affect employers across the U.S. Seventy percent of Americans admit that they routinely get insufficient sleep, and 30 percent of U.S. workers and 44 percent of night-shift workers report sleeping less than six hours a night. In addition, an estimated 50 million–70 million people have a sleep disorder, often undiagnosed. In total, the costs attributable to sleep deficiency in the U.S. were estimated to exceed $410 billion in 2015, equivalent to 2.28 percent of the gross domestic product.Analysis of existing data, using a new Fatigue Cost Calculator developed through the Sleep Matters Initiative at Brigham Health for the National Safety Council (NSC), reveal that a U.S. employer with 1,000 workers can lose about $1.4 million dollars each year in absenteeism, diminished productivity, health care costs, accidents, and other occupational costs associated with exhausted employees, many of whom have undiagnosed and untreated sleep disorders.Introduced at the NSC Congress and Expo, the Fatigue Cost Calculator is free online. Employers can use it to determine how much money a tired workforce costs their business by entering specific data — including workforce size, industry, and location — to predict the prevalence of sleep deficiency and common sleep disorders among their employees. Using an algorithm generated by integrating information from sleep science literature and publicly available government data, the calculator can estimate both the prevalence of employee sleep deficiency and the resulting financial loss.It also estimates the savings that might be expected from implementation of a sleep health education program that includes screening for untreated sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia.“We estimate that the costs of fatigue in an average-sized Fortune 500 company consisting of approximately 52,000 employees is about $80 million annually,” said Matthew Weaver, a scientist with the Brigham Health Sleep Matters Initiative who helped develop the calculator.The mission of the Sleep Matters Initiative, led by investigators from Brigham Health and Harvard Medical School, is to improve treatment of sleep and circadian disorders in order to improve health, safety, and performance, and to promote change in social norms around sleep health.“Promotion of healthy sleep is a win-win for both employers and employees, enhancing quality of life and longevity for workers while improving productivity and reducing health care costs for employers,” said Charles A. Czeisler, director of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s and Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Additionally, occupational fatigue-management programs can increase knowledge of sleep disorders, educate participants on the impact of reduced alertness due to sleep deficiency, and teach fatigue countermeasures, as well as screen for untreated sleep disorders.”Other findings revealed by the Fatigue Cost Calculator include:A national transportation company with 1,000 employees likely loses more than $600,000 a year because of tired employees. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of workplace deaths, underscoring the need for alert, attentive employees.More than 250 employees at a 1,000-worker national construction company likely have sleep disorders, which increase the risk of being injured or killed on the job. The construction industry has the highest number of on-the-job deaths each year.A single employee with obstructive sleep apnea can cost an employer more than $3,000 a year in excess health care costs.An employee with untreated insomnia is present but not productive for more than 10 full days of work annually, and accounts for at least $2,000 in excess health care costs.An average Fortune 500 company could save nearly $40 million a year if half of its workforce engaged in a sleep-health program.“This research reinforces that sleepless nights hurt everyone,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO off the National Safety Council. “Many of us have been conditioned to just power through our fatigue, but worker health and safety on the job are compromised when we don’t get the sleep we need. The calculator demonstrates that doing nothing to address fatigue costs employers a lot more than they think.”Development of the Fatigue Cost Calculator was supported by a contract from the National Safety Council to the Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization.last_img read more

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Recognition for some risky research

first_img Related In this moment of great global uncertainty, the Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research is helping Harvard researchers rise to the challenge. Funds from the Challenge are enabling their continued creative scientific pursuits, and their efforts to question our current understanding of the world.The Challenge recognizes high-risk, high-impact research in the life, physical, and social sciences and targets ambitious projects that might not receive traditional grants. This year, a record seven research projects were awarded seed funding. The winners include Harvard researchers William Allen, Danielle Braun, Nicholas Carson, George Church, Francesca Dominici, Michelle Holmes, Jerry Mitrovica, Rachel Nethery, Natesh Pillai, Todd Reid, Benton Taylor, David Williams, Suyang Xu, Antonella Zanobetti, and Xiaowei Zhuang.“Each awarded individual or team proposed such unique, creative, diverse, and important ideas,” said Catherine Dulac, Higgins Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Lee and Ezpeleta Professor of Arts and Sciences, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and chairman of the faculty review committee awarding this year’s winners. “I am so happy to be able to foster these amazing faculty initiatives, encourage this phenomenal research, and let these faculty members know that the University supports them and their efforts.”,Many of the researchers noted that the COVID-19 pandemic makes high-risk, high-impact projects even more vital.“The pandemic, at some level, emphasizes the importance of risky research,” said Xu, assistant professor of chemistry. “Many of the awarded researchers are working directly on issues of the pandemic, and though I am not researching COVID-19 directly, my research is pushing the frontiers of technology. All of this work, directly or indirectly related, will improve human life and help us tackle uncertainty and risk in the future.”“We are currently facing crises of a pandemic, climate change, and social justice, and our proposed research will provide data science methods and evidence to make progress on all of these fronts,” said Dominici, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Biostatistics, Population, and Data Science at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “It is wonderful to see that our work is being recognized, and we hope that our data can provide meaningful results and education opportunities for our students that inform these crises.”The Star family established the Challenge in 2013 with a $10 million gift at the suggestion of James A. Star ’83. With the support of a $10 million gift from Josh Friedman ’76, M.B.A. ’80, J.D. ‘82, and Beth Friedman, it expanded in 2019 to include scientific researchers across the wider University community.This year, the funds were awarded to researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), Harvard Medical School (HMS), and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH).,Church, the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at HMS, is developing diagnostic tests for COVID-19 that will use small protein sensors to give instantaneous test results and provide therapeutic effects. Church’s work could help create faster and more reliable tests for COVID-19, as well as tests for other public health threats in the future.Dominici; Nethery, assistant professor of biostatistics (HSPH); Braun, research scientist in biostatistics (HSPH); Zanobetti, principal research scientist in environment health (HSPH); and Pillai, associate professor of statistics (FAS) are studying the connections between exposure to air pollution, income, race and ethnicity, and COVID-19 mortality and hospitalization outcomes. Dominici and her team hope their work will inform public health action during and after the pandemic, as they reveal the most vulnerable populations affected by air pollution.,Mitrovica, the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science (FAS), plans to address the growing concerns arising from the polar ice sheet melting and sea level changes. By using sea level and gravity measurements to identify individual sources of melting, Mitrovica expects to estimate ongoing changes in the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets and inform societal responses to this climate crisis.Taylor is also examining the effects of climate change. The assistant professor of organismic and evolutionary biology (FAS) is mapping concentrations of carbon dioxide in tropical forests that surround volcanic vents in Costa Rica. Taylor will use these sites, which are naturally elevated in carbon dioxide levels, to analyze tropical forest response to carbon dioxide conditions and understand how these forests may impact future effects on the climate.,Williams, the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health (HSPH); Holmes, associate professor of epidemiology (HSPH) and associate professor of medicine (HMS); Reid, research associate of social and behavioral sciences (HSPH) and research scientist at the MIT Media Lab; and Carson, assistant professor of psychiatry (HMS), are studying the mental status of adolescents and their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through an in-house smartphone application and other sources of information, the researchers will determine if levels of inequality are associated with higher rates of COVID-19, as well as higher rates of adolescent anxiety, suicidal behaviors, and depression.Xu is addressing heat generation during information processing. By identifying new materials that create a sort of “highway system” through which to move electrons.,Zhuang, the David B. Arnold Jr. Professor of Science (FAS), and Allen, junior fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows, are taking an interdisciplinary approach to studying diseases associated with aging. By examining the mouse brain, Zhuang and Allen hope to understand, for the first time, how genes work together to maintain the integrity of brain cells that control aging and slow functional decline.The awarded faculty will be celebrated in a virtual ceremony on Friday. Applying wisdom from the Himalayas to the ER’s COVID battle The path to zero Finding COVID clues in movementcenter_img Tracking mobility of individuals offers hints of whether a problem is rising or falling Wilderness medicine fellows return to lend a hand in Boston Researchers and public health experts unite to bring clarity to key metrics guiding coronavirus responselast_img read more

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Adding Native American history to Moreau falls short in final senate meeting

first_imgMeeting virtually for the final time before the summer break, the Notre Dame student senate made many decisions Wednesday night. Last week, the senate heard a presentation from Judicial Council president, junior Matthew Bisner over why he, many of his predecessors and many in the current student government believe the governing body to be in need of improvement. As a solution, the senate passed a resolution establishing an ad hoc committee on governmental reform.The passed resolution, drawn up by Bisner and student body vice president, junior Sarah Galbenski, said, “It is our position that an ad hoc senate committee will provide the best forum for public policymaking, maximum responsiveness to the student body and transparency throughout the entire reform process. It will also help us chart the middle ground between the formal and informal routes we have before us.” Over the summer, a preliminary committee will work toward drafting an official document mandating guidelines to the senate in the fall semester on how to move forward in making institutional changes to the student body government and/or constitution. “By the end of the fall semester or beginning of the spring semester, this committee should be prepared to deliver an advisory report to guide reforms within the Student Union,” the resolution read. Additionally, the senate started a conversation at last week’s meeting over a resolution that would formally request the incorporation of Native American culture and the University’s history with Native Americans into the Moreau First Year Experience course. After concluding the debate, the resolution did not pass, with 20 votes for and 11 votes against it. The resolution needed a 67% majority to pass and only garnered 64.5%. The main points of opposition came from: a concern over the opinion of first year students in the matter, concern over the place of Native American history in the course and concern over consulting certain University administrative offices, especially Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS), about the resolution.Sophomore, Dunne senator Michael Murakami and others believed the resolution failed to garner the support of first years.“If the entire principle of this resolution is to bring a voice to those who are silenced, I think we should bring a voice to our first years before we decide to change what they are going to be going through inherently for years to come,” he said.Walsh senator Grace Franco said she is not sure the group should wait for feedback from first year students to pass the resolution.“An integral part of the Moreau First Year Experience is cultural competence, and I do think part of cultural competence is understanding Native American history on Notre Dame land,” the sophomore said. “Really heavily weighting the enthusiasm from first years may not be as important as integrating a really important part of our history.” Director of diversity and inclusion, senior Kaya Lawrence and director of academic affairs, sophomore Lauryn Pugh, who jointly drafted the resolution, intended to work with Moreau First Year Experience faculty to integrate Native American culture and history, as well as Notre Dame’s history with the Pokégnek Bodéwadmik Pokagon Band of Potawatomi tribes into the course. The exact nature of this integration would have been determined as the fall semester grew closer, according to Pugh. After the resolution failed to pass, student body president, junior Rachel Ingal, on behalf of herself, Galbenski and chief of staff, junior Aaron Benavides, expressed their disappointment in the matter in an email sent to The Observer.“Advocating for diversity and inclusion initiatives and amplifying student voices has always been at the forefront of our priorities, and we were disheartened to see that the senate could not come together to make steps towards this,” Ingal said in the email. “Educating students about how integral the Pokagon-Potawatomi are to the Notre Dame narrative and recognizing and celebrating this group is incumbent upon us. We hope that, in the future, the senate will embrace initiatives of diversity and inclusion and work to uplift every member of our community. As student leaders, we are called upon to make Notre Dame a Notre Dame for all. We will continue to move forward with bringing education and incorporation of Native culture into Moreau, and it is our goal to walk hand in hand with students toward inclusivity in the future.”Lastly, at the recommendation of Student Union treasurer, senior Grace Stephenson, the senate established an independent financial account titled the “Student Union COVID-19 Response Financial Account.” Under normal circumstances, Student Union surplus would be placed into a rollover account for the next year. However, this account has a cap of $100,000, and this year’s surplus is around $200,000. This surplus will now be placed into the COVID-19 Response account to be used and supervised by the Financial Management Board.Concern over the potential loss of revenue from The Shirt and the pending possibility of campus not resuming classes as normal in the fall prompted this order.“I think this is the best fiscal step for the Student Union,” Galbenski said. Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story said student body president Rachel Ingal sent a statement to the senate and The Observer, but it was not sent to the senate. The Observer regrets this error. Tags: COVID-19 response, Moreau First Year Experience, Native American history, Pokagon Potawatomi, Senatelast_img read more

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Tomato pests

first_imgCaring for tomato plants can be hard work, but the taste of that first vine-ripened red tomato makes it all worthwhile. Seeing insects like hornworms and aphids devour the fruits of their labor can make home gardeners see red. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent Paul Pugliese offers tips for keeping the pests away.Two of the more common tomato pests are aphids and whiteflies. Both insects suck the sap out of the stems and leaves of the tomato plant, which stunts the plant and can reduce fruit yield. Aphids and whiteflies“Aphids and whiteflies can also transmit virus diseases to tomatoes,” Pugliese said. “This is another good reason to control them, since there are no sprays to cure plant viruses.”Whiteflies are tiny, yellowish insects with white wings. They can be found mostly on the undersides of tomato leaves. “If you brush your hand against the leaves of your tomato plants and see a cloud of tiny, white flying insects, then you probably have whiteflies,” he said. Aphids are commonly referred to as “plant lice,” although they are not truly lice, Pugliese said. The green peach aphid and several other species, like the potato aphid, are most commonly found on tomatoes early in the season. Aphid adults have pear-shaped bodies and are about 1/8 inch in size. Potato aphids can either be yellowish green or pink while the green peach aphid is dark green or yellow.“As aphids grow larger, they shed and leave white skin castings on the tops of leaves. This is often the first thing people notice. If you see these white specks on the leaves, be sure to turn the leaves over and look for live aphids,” he said.Honeydew isn’t a good thingTomato plants can tolerate large numbers of aphids without suffering yield loss, but may have distorted leaves and stems, stunted growth and dead spots on leaves. As a result of both aphids and whiteflies feeding on the plant, a sticky residue, known as honeydew, builds up on the leaves. If enough builds up, it can mold and turn black. This black mold is called “sooty mold.” “Because sooty mold grows on the surface of the leaves, many people think it is a disease problem. If you control the insect problem, then the sooty mold will eventually go away,” he said.Early-season aphids have many natural enemies, including lady beetles, lacewings and parasites that frequently bring them under control later in the season. Therefore, spray selection should start with the least harsh chemicals or organic options first to preserve natural enemies. Planting tolerant varieties and using sprays of natural pyrethrins, horticultural oils or insecticidal soap cause the least harm to beneficial insects and are generally sufficient early in the season, although repeat applications may be necessary. Other chemical options include products containing the active ingredient bifenthrin or malathion. Hornworms – camouflage mastersAnother common tomato pest is the hornworm, a green caterpillar with a horn on its back end. “Many people mistakenly believe the horn on the back end of this caterpillar is a stinger. The intimidating horn is purely for looks and does not actually sting,” Pugliese said. “One of the larger native caterpillars in Georgia, its mature size can be 3 to 4 inches long and as fat as your thumb.” Pugliese recommends controlling hornworms with organic insecticides containing Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.) bacteria while the caterpillars are small. Insecticides containing carbaryl, bifenthrin or permethrin also are effective. Tilling the soil after harvest will destroy many – sometimes up to 90 percent — of the burrowing larvae that are attempting to pupate in the soil over winter, he said. Larger caterpillars can be handpicked off plants and drowned in a bucket of soapy water or stepped on. Leave parasitized worms aloneTomato hornworm larvae are often parasitized by a number of predatory insects. This is the case if you notice small, white sacks on the back of adult hornworms. “These are the cocoons of small parasitic wasps that will kill the hornworms when they emerge. If you see these white sacks, leave the hornworm in the garden to conserve these beneficial parasitoids,” he said.Pugliese discourages the use of insecticides when plants are flowering, unless it is absolutely necessary, and recommends making applications in late evening when beneficial honeybees are less active. As with all pesticides, read and follow all labeled application rates and safety precautions carefully.last_img read more

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Reporters’ Workshop prepares journalists to cover the courts

first_imgTwenty-four reporters from Florida’s major daily newspapers and television stations attended The Florida Bar’s recent 13th Annual Reporters’ Workshop in St. Petersburg.“An unprecedented partnership with the Poynter Institute allowed the journalists to attend two workshop sessions at Poynter, which were conducted by Poynter faculty members,” said the Bar’s Christi N. Cao, who coordinated the event.“The Poynter Institute is recognized worldwide for helping journalists seek and achieve excellence,” she said.“The Florida Bar deeply appreciates the contributions of Poynter,” said President Tod Aronovitz, who gave opening remarks at the event. “The true beneficiaries are the people of Florida who read and listen to news reports, expecting accurate and complete coverage of legal issues.”The Reporters’ Workshop is a two-day program designed for journalists new to the courts and legal beats. This year the event was co-chaired by Judith Mercier and Rachel Fugate. The Florida Bar Media & Communications Law Committee, media outlets, and law firms also provided scholarships for selected reporters to attend the workshop.Reporters received training from lawyers, judges, and other experienced journalists, and workshop sessions this year included Sunshine Law and Public Records, Reporting With the Internet – Legal and Courts Beats, and How to Stay Out of Jail.Cao said the program consistently receives high ratings by participating journalists, and this year was no exception.“One participant said the workshop ‘revitalized my energy in the biz’ and another summed it up as ‘jam-packed and extremely valuable,’” Cao said.Attending the workshop were: Trevor Aaronson, Weekly Planet, Tampa; Jenny Allen, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Port Charlotte; Jeff Burlew, Tallahassee Democrat, Tallahassee; Anthony Colarossi, The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando; Laurie Cunningham, Daily Business Review, Miami; Lisa A. Davis, The Tampa Tribune, Tampa; Steve Ellman, Daily Business Review, West Palm Beach; Henry Frederick, The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Daytona Beach; Alan Gomez, Pensacola News Journal, Pensacola; Lesley Hendrix, WMBB-TV (ABC), Panama City; Jamie Holmes, WPTV-TV (NBC), West Palm Beach; Tom Kim, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Bradenton; Marcy Levinson, The Daily Commercial, Leesburg; Brian Monroe, Florida Today, Melbourne; Shannon O’Boye, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale; Mark Pollio, Ft. Pierce Tribune, Ft. Pierce; Eric Roby, WPEC-TV (CBS), West Palm Beach; Candace Rondeaux, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg; Jeff Scullin, The Ledger, Lakeland; Irina Slutsky, Bradenton Herald, Bradenton; Heather Sorentrue, WUFT-TV (PBS), Gainesville; Sharon Turco, The News-Press, Ft. Myers; Lance Williams, WFLA-TV (NBC), Tampa; and Eileen Zaffiro, The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Daytona Beach. January 1, 2003 Regular News Reporters’ Workshop prepares journalists to cover the courtscenter_img Reporters’ Workshop prepares journalists to cover the courtslast_img read more

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Wolf Administration Adds New Programs to Assist Job Seekers with Target Training Opportunities

first_imgElectro Soft, Inc. – Electro Soft Inc., a 30-year veteran in electronics contract manufacturing, specializes in cable assembly, box build assembly, wire harness assembly and printed circuit board assembly. The company registered a program for industrial manufacturing technicians. TLC Construction Co. – TLC Construction registered an apprenticeship program in construction. The company emphasizes hiring ex-offenders and others from underprivileged communities. TLC Work-Based Training, the associated non-profit organization, helps ex-offenders get credentialed training and partners with supportive services to help reduce recidivism.Approved through the Department of Labor & Industry’s Apprenticeship and Training Office, apprenticeship programs are used to provide employer-driven training to create a more productive, diverse, highly skilled workforce for employers and help reduce employee turnover. The program provides job seekers with increased skills, and a nationally recognized credential to support future career advancement and increased wages.For more information on the Apprenticeship and Training Office, visit ATO. Greiner Packaging, Inc. – Greiner Packaging Inc., which manufactures plastic cups, registered its existing non-registered apprenticeship training program. Students earn two-year associate degrees as part of the apprenticeship program. June 14, 2017 Detroit Switch, Inc. – Detroit Switch manufactures high-pressure, high-shock switches for the Navy and heavy manufacturers. Detroit Switch is a small company, and registered an apprenticeship program as a pathway for a current employee to train to be a machinist. Wolf Administration Adds New Programs to Assist Job Seekers with Target Training Opportunitiescenter_img Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Department of Labor & Industry’s Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) approved the addition of five new apprenticeship programs and two new apprenticeship occupations to help employers train the workers they need and assist job seekers in establishing a career pathways that lead to jobs that pay.“The apprenticeship programs approved today give job seekers a competitive edge by providing them with practical, hands-on job experience,” Governor Wolf said. “And, the programs benefit employers by providing targeted training opportunities in the industries and occupations needed to address regional employment needs.”The Wolf Administration established the ATO last year to be responsible for providing outreach, education, and technical support to current and prospective apprenticeship program sponsors and apprentices. To date, the ATO has added 1,714 new apprentices and 66 new registered apprenticeship occupations statewide.“Apprenticeships provide job seekers with a unique opportunity to earn while they learn,” said Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino.  “Apprenticeships are a combination of classroom learning and on-the-job training that can lead to stackable, industry-recognized credentials.”Following is a list of recently approved apprenticeship programs:Bryn Mawr College –The college added an HVAC and plumbing trade to its existing apprenticeship training program in Bryn Mawr. Philadelphia-Delaware Valley NTMA Chapter – Philadelphia-Delaware Valley NTMA Chapter added an industrial maintenance trade to its existing machinist training program. Curtis Industries – Curtis Industries registered a machinist program. The company works to hire students from local career and technical education programs. SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Indiana Legislative Session Starts Tuesday

first_imgState Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) will be in Indianapolis Tuesday.Local lawmakers will return to the Statehouse Tuesday for Organization Day, a one-day event prior to the start of the January 2013 legislative session.State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) indicated that no legislation will take place Tuesday.“It is mostly ceremonial, but it is an important part of getting started,” said Representative Frye. “Organization Day is a time when any changes in committee assignments will be made, and {The Speaker of the House Brian Bosma] will give a speech where he will outline his plans for the upcoming legislative session.”Frye will be among 100 representatives and 50 senators for the 2014 legislative session.“I have several bills drafted for the 2014 legislation,” Representative Frye explained.Soil productivity factors are a rating system used to compare the productive potential of one soil type to the other for property tax purposes. Frye hopes to pass legislation in 2014 that requires legislative approval prior to soil productivity factor changing.“That way, those elected to represent the people, are responsible for any increase or decrease in their taxes,” Frye said.The 1973 Batesville High School graduate will continue listening to citizens in his district.“They can count on me on paying close attention and reaching out to the citizens of House District 67.”The 2014 legislative session could potentially cover the proposal to alter Indiana’s gay marriage ban and reconsideration of state educational standards.House District 67 represents residents of Dearborn, Decatur, Ripley, Jennings, Jefferson and Switzerland counties.last_img read more

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Friday Night Lights

first_imgThis is the time of year when high schools are having their Homecoming football games. Even when a team is not winning, Homecoming is still a big deal. It excites the students as well as that school’s alums.  I bet most of you still know who your high school Homecoming queen was.  The smaller the community, the bigger Friday night football games are.  It is the town’s gathering place during the fall.Right now the Oldenburg Academy football program is struggling with numbers.  There are several reasons for this, but the biggest one is the lack of home facilities.  It is hard for the student body to get really excited when all of your Friday night football games are away.  A Homecoming for them has to be at someone else’s facility which may be many miles from Oldenburg.  It is hard to have a parade and build floats in someone else’s city.last_img read more

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Marcella Heilig

first_imgMarcella A. Heilig, 92, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away July 5, 2017 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.She was born November 12, 1924 in Lawrenceburg, IN, daughter of the late Harry H Liddle and Garnetta Liddle.She worked as a Secretary for Stedman’s Foundry and also as a teller at the American State Bank.She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, was an avid reader and an excellent cook. She also has a huge Star Trek collection, she was a real Trekkie.Surviving are step children, Margo Heilig Jolly of Salem, IN, Dan Heilig of Denver, CO, Ron Heilig of Lexington, KY, Danny Lyons of Aurora, IN, Teresa Bockhorst of Dillsboro, IN; Niece, Roseann Sharp of Phoenix, AZ; Sister, Rosemary Vorbroker of Aurora, IN; several step grandchildren, great grandchldren nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Garnetta Liddle; her sister, Gloria Trudeau; her husbands, Jack Lillich, Bill Lyons and Marvin Heilig.Friends will be received Monday, July 10, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 203 Fourth Street, Aurora, Indiana. Tri Kappa Services will be held at 11:00 a.m.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Church, at 12:00 pm with Father Chris Craig officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church or Aurora Life Squad. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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O’Connell: Competition is strong

first_img Ireland lock O’Connell, who is on his third Lions tour, is widely expected to forge the Test second-row partnership alongside Welshman Alun-Wyn Jones. But the 33-year-old is taking nothing for granted ahead of what should be his seventh Test match appearance in Lions colours. “There is savage competition for places, and guys are very eager to play as well as they can individually,” said O’Connell, who was part of the 2005 squad whitewashed by New Zealand and then captained the Lions in South Africa four years ago. Press Association Paul O’Connell believes there is “savage competition” for places in the British and Irish Lions squad as the countdown continues towards next Saturday’s first Test against Australia.center_img “I think if you look at the back-line and the way the backs have been playing it’s certainly a step up. Forwards-wise, I think we’ve performed really well as well. We’ve carried well, done well at the breakdown at times and it’s as good as any team I’ve been on, but you don’t really know until you get to the Tests.” The Lions will chase a sixth successive tour win against the Brumbies on Tuesday, having so far amassed 261 points and 33 tries Down Under. It is form that has seen them installed as Test series favourites by many pundits. But O’Connell knows Australia will be fierce opponents, adding: “We’ve a very tough three weeks ahead of us. Australia are a really good side, they have a lot of incredibly talented players and the next three weeks will be really tough and will be a lot different to what we’ve experienced (so far) in terms of intensity and physicality. It will be a big step up for us.” Meanwhile, Lions team doctor James Robson has delivered contrasting medical updates on Wales backs Jamie Roberts and George North ahead of next Saturday’s first Test match appointment with Australia in Brisbane. Centre Roberts limped off during Saturday’s 47-17 victory against the New South Wales Waratahs, suffering a hamstring strain. “Jamie is a grave doubt for this weekend, there is no doubt about that,” Robson said. “You only had to see how much discomfort he was in at the weekend. However, further assessment will be made later in the week as to his availability going forward.” Wing North, though, is well on the way back following a hamstring problem. Robson added: “He (North) is an exceptional character and has worked really hard. He is back to running today. An accurate assessment on his availability for selection will take place on Wednesday. At the moment, I think he is doing very well and has a great chance of being fit for this week.” last_img read more

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