CHEYENNE, Wyoming >> Tuesday’s rodeo action at Frontier Park was full of lead changes. Steer wrestlers and team ropers started out the day with slack at 7 a.m. Those events were also part of the rodeo that afternoon.Billy Bugenig from Ferndale, Calif., had the fastest time of the rodeo so far Monday morning when he stopped the clock in 5.9 seconds. He came back on Tuesday with an 11.3 and now is in the overall lead with a total of 17.2 seconds on two runs.Bugenig is currently 27th in the …
Next up for the 49ers: Aaron Rodgers.For more than a decade those words have occasioned night sweats and feelings of inadequacy for NFL coaches and defenders.But these days are not those days until further notice.Sunday was another discouraging day for Rodgers, who played at Cal, and the Packers, who will host the 49ers in Green Bay a week from Monday night. The Packers’ offense spun its wheels while the Lions built a 24-0 halftime lead Sunday. Rodgers, forced into a pass-o-rama offense in …
Ray Maota Nedbank chairman, Reuel Khoza (in grey suit seated) with representatives from the sponsors of the My Future, My Career campaign. Albert Zitha from Katlehong went to previous instalments of the campaign and was able to receive seven distinctions in matric in 2012. This includes getting 100% for both mathematics and physical science.(Images: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS• Nkosinathi MsizaNedbank: Communications+ 27 71 670 3560Nedbank, one of South Africa’s big four banks, has launched the fourth instalment of its career guidance initiative for underprivileged high school pupils, which will benefit more than 24 000 pupils.My Future, My Career was launched at Nedbank’s head offices in Sandton on 22 January. Career guidance a mustIt will feature more than 115 careers in 16 industries in movie episodes screened at Ster-Kinekor cinemas countrywide.In its fourth year, the bank will invest more than R3.5-million (US$429 246) in the campaign. It will give pupils in grades 9 to 12 an understanding of the requirements for various professions, including personalities suited to each career. By the end of its third year, the programme had reached 112 000 pupils with an investment of R13.8-million ($1 558-million).Kone Gugushe, Nedbank’s divisional executive for corporate social responsibility, said: “Education is one of our key focus areas and 50 % of our corporate social investment goes towards it. This programme contributes towards our goal of creating a knowledge-based economy, which helps to drive our country’s growth and development.“Career guidance plays an important role in shaping the minds of pupils to choose a suitable career path. My Future, My Career is a fun and interactive programme which continues to make a difference to underprivileged pupils across the country.”The programme, which is endorsed by the Department of Basic Education, was conceptualised by Primestars Marketing, which is also the project manager. It forms part of Nedbank’s integrated and holistic education interventions model, which stands on two pillars. The first focuses on education across an individual’s life stages and the second on holistic support of beneficiary schools.Martin Sweet, the managing director of Primestars, said the programme enabled participating pupils to prepare themselves for the transition into the world of work, helping them to develop their own individual career ambitions while simultaneously strengthening the skills base of the country.Nedbank and Primestars are joined by the Gauteng City Region Academy, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, the National Youth Development Agency, Total Coal, AECI, and the JD Group as sponsors of the programme. A success storyAlbert Zitha from Katlehong, who attended previous campaigns of this programme, passed matric in 2012 with seven distinctions.He scored 100% in both mathematics and physical science, and is now enrolled to study civil engineering at the University of Pretoria.“Access to information and career guidance plays a critical role in helping learners decide on a career choice. This programme guided me clearly in choosing my current studies,” said Zitha. “I commend Nedbank for this initiative and strongly encourage pupils to make use of this programme as it will guide them in the right direction with regards to their career choices.” Where to view screeningsThe content of the programmes’ 16 episodes includes: accounting; law; entrepreneurship; mining and engineering; education; health; information technology; construction; travel and tourism. And each student leaves each session with a booklet for referral.Screenings start on 27 January. The subjects on each day are:· Entrepreneurship and tourism – 27 January;· Criminal justice and law – 3 February;· Health services and education – 10 February;· Banking, finance and accounting – 17 February;· Arts and culture – 24 February;· Transport, logistics and distribution – 24 February;· Information technology and communication – 3 March;· Mining, engineering and construction – 10 March; and,· Environment and property – 17 February.They will take place at selected Ster-Kinekor cinemas:· Gauteng – Brooklyn Commercial in Pretoria, and Eastgate, Sandton City, Southgate, Eastrand Mall and Westgate Mall in Johannesburg;· KwaZulu-Natal – Broadwalk in Richards Bay;· Limpopo – Mall of the North in Polokwane;· Mpumalanga – The Ridge Casino; and,· Western Cape – Cavendish Commercial in Claremont.
References Na, J., & Chia, S. (2008). Impact of online resources on informal learners: Parents’ perception of their parenting skills. Computers & Education, 51(1), 173-186. doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2007.05.006This post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S. and Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFT. Both are members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, Facebook, Twitter, and on YouTube. By Rachel Dorman, M.S. & Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFTToday’s blog looks at how online resources can impact the parenting of young children. Technology and the internet are common ways parents are finding educational resources. Internet searchers rendering results for blogs, electronic newsletters, etc. are helpful ways that expecting parents or parents with young children get information on hot topics such as childrearing strategies and child development. Na and Chia (2008)  conducted research to examine the impact of online resources available to informal learners, such as parents.[Flickr, Mom and baby by marki1983, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 23, 2015Researchers examined how parents’ informal learning about parenting skills and child development through online resources would impact their parenting confidence and skills. Participants included 821 Singaporean parents that had children between the ages of 0 – 6 years. The surveyed participants were divided into two groups, one group containing 411 participants received the online resources called KidzGrow (an online platform for parents to better understand child development and empower parents in their knowledge about child development) while the other group, containing 410 participants, received printed material on child development.Parents who had access to KidzGrow were more likely to do to educational age-appropriate development activities with their children. Parents who had access to KidzGrow were also significantly more likely to report having adequate knowledge on their childrens’ speech, communication skills, social skills, and intellectual development. Parents who had access to KidzGrow, as compared to those who did not, were significantly more likely to report that they were doing well at achieving their goals of being a successful parent. These parents were also significantly more likely to report an increase in their level of confidence as a parent. The study findings suggest that online parenting resources can impact a parent’s feeling of confidence and knowledge about their child’s speech, social, and intellectual skills. The researchers suggest future studies try to study not only different online programs but also programs targeting different regions of the world, such as North America or Europe.Do you like this topic? Find out more during out next Webinar!Presenters of this 2 hour webinar will highlight how parents today are less likely to attend traditional parenting programs, provide research showing that parents are increasingly seeking information online, through social media and mobile devices and promote the use of two FREE, effective and innovative resources that can meet the needs of parents with young children, Just In Time Parenting & Text4Baby.Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014Time: 11a-1pm EasternLocation: Novel Communication Tools: Using Text4Baby & Just In Time Parenting to Meet the Needs of ParentsWe hope to see you there!
By: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTAdapted photo: Pixabay[Sunrise Ocean Sea Coast by MartyNZ, November 7, 2015,CCO]On March 30, we welcomed Dr. Alaina Szlachta as our facilitator for an engaging and informative webinar on healthy relationships entitled On Solid Ground: Exploring Strategies to Help Clients Create and Maintain Healthy Relationships.Alaina shared some very valuable and helpful information about healthy relationships and we found the discussion between Alaina and the participants to be especially insightful. While it would be impossible to capture the conversation in its entirety in this blog, we have attempted to highlight some of the pieces that stood out to us the most. Please feel free to add to this blog by providing comments for us!Q: What messages do you remember receiving about how to be safe and healthy in intimate partnerships or romantic relationships?A: Participants provided the following responses:If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t Meet in a public place It’s a girl’s responsibilityAlaina’s response: It’s a very defensive approach to healthy relationships- what are some things I should NOT do to have a healthy interaction with an intimate partner. Instead, what CAN you do to have a healthy relationshipQ: What distinguishes the place between healthy and unhealthy?A: Participants provided the following responses:Respect, open communication, free will Intent of behaviorThe perspective of the problem Healthy behavior supports the other person reaching their full potentialAlaina’s Response: The idea of skill development. Perhaps there is a lack of communication, a behavior happened one time and there is an opportunity for conversation around the behavior, etc. Both partners have to be in communication with one another about what support and respect look like- each one of us will have a different idea of this. Both partners are interested in looking at this space together. Having a healthy relationship takes work.Participant Question: How is a relationship unequal? What does that look like?Alaina’s Response:The way that we think about abuse (an abusive dynamic) is more like a parent-child relationship where one person is actively and intentionally trying to control or dominate the other one (who they can see, are they able to work, is the other person able to go for runs, etc). A good example of that would be with finances, where one partner is completely aware of what is happening with the finances and the other is unaware and has to ask permission to spend money or ask about details.The space between unhealthy and abusive is that the relationship is fundamentally unequal. One partner has more control or is actively trying to control the other.Q: What key elements would have to be present for us to say for sure, “this is abuse”?A: Participants provided the following responses: malicious intentintent to harmpatternmanipulationisolation from family and friendsAlaina’s Response: There are 3 key elements to look for to confirm an abusive dynamic:1. Pattern2. Control3. InequalityQ: Why do people stay in abusive relationships?A: Participants provided the following responses: Fear of the unknown if they leaveLow self-esteem, feeling that they don’t have alternatives, financesThey love them and feel like they can fix themTraumatic bondingHope that the relationship can changeAlaina’s Response: It’s complicated… this is my oversimplified response.1. Finances2. Love3. IsolationQ: Why is it so important to initiate conversation with clients without judgment? A: Participants provided the following responses: You need to earn someone’s trust Allows them to open up more Judgment can minimize the opportunity for disclosure People who feel judged will just hang up the phoneCould be the first time they are describing the extent of what is happening Q: Why do we want to understand someone’s perspective?A: Participants provided the following responses: It allows us to get a better understanding of why they are responding to things in the way they do To give us an understanding of their worldview We have to understand what someone’s hopes and expectations are Alaina’s Response: We might learn that someone has unhealthy expectations around things like respect, trust, and equality.Towards the end of the webinar, Alaina presented a case study to assist the participants in applying the insight gathered throughout the programming. Watch the webinar here to see it!If there are other insights that you have gathered from this webinar that you would like to add to this blog or share with us, please feel free to respond to this blog. We look forward to hearing from you!This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.
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South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales have all had their state events in recent months, with plenty of achievements in the refereeing arm of the sport occurring. Members of the National Referees Panel (NRP) have also been in attendance at the events, with Touch Football Australia’s Director of Referees, Greg West attending the South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales state events, Ian Matthew attending both the Tasmania and New South Wales State Cups, while Henry Dos Santos and Ken Golden were also on hand at the Western Australia State Championships.West is proud of all of the refereeing achievements at these events, saying that they were all successful. “I think that the refereeing standard has been outstanding. The NRP have been very busy,” West said. The South Australia State Cup was the first of the state events for the second half of 2010, with the event being the first of its kind in South Australia in five years.Indy Garner was named the MVP referee for the event, while South Australia’s Director of Referees, Damien Carlson, was named the Volunteer of the Year at Touch Football South Australia’s awards night held during the State Cup. The Western Australia ‘Be Active’ State Championships were next, held between Friday, 19 November 2010 until Sunday, 21 November 2010. James McMahon was named the Referee of the Tournament, as well as being named the number one referee at the tournament. David Leslie was named the Most Improved Referee.Being upgraded to a Level 4 Referee is the highest honour you can receive at a state based event, and the following people were upgraded to this level:Brendon WilsonKate Steinitz (Senior)Matt Thomas (Senior)One more referee, Jennifer Roe from the Northern Territory, also travelled to the event to be assessed for her Level 4 badge, and was successful. The following referees were appointed to the grand finals at the WA State Championships:Men’s Open – James McMahon, Richard McIllroy, Chris MurrayWomen’s Open – Justin Parsons, Annabelle Connolly, Phil GalvinMixed Open – Lee Broadbridge, Jeremy Sorenson, Shaun BirminghamMen’s 30’s – Paul Richardson, John Bedford, Ben MortonMen’s 40’s – Matt Thomas, Steve Williams, Stuart EvansWomen’s 27’s – Andrew Scotford, Brendan Williams, John CorserWomen’s 35’s – Ben Grainger, Damien Capp, Pam TauTasmania’s State Cup was held on the last Saturday in November, with two referees receiving upgrades. Southern Touch’s Matt Phillips received a Level 4 upgrade, as did Devonport Touch Association’s Jo Mason.National Referee Panel member, Ian Matthew, and National Referee Squad member, Luke McKenzie, were also in attendance to help out at the event. The New South Wales State Cup saw over 200 teams compete in the event at Port Macquarie, with plenty of referees also taking part in the event.Nine referees were upgraded to Level 4 badges at the event:Ali Amin (Western Suburbs)Brett Bevan (Doyalson)Rob Bowen (Canterbury)Danny Gock (Northern Suburbs)Paul Khoudair (Western Suburbs)James Ling (Wallsend)Phil Rainger (Narrabri)Daryl Shaw (Penrith)Jordyn Tomba (Doyalson)Of special mention is Phil Rainger, who became the first state graded referee from his association, Narrabri Touch Association. The following referees received finals appointments following strong performances throughout the event:Men’s Open – Adam Foley, Gavin West, David BaggioWomen’s Open – Mick Medlin, Anthony Smith, Sandra ClarkMixed Open – Luke McKenzie, Kim Skelly, Bill SladeMen’s 30’s – Bernie O’Donohue, Andrew Smith, Simon JacksonMen’s Open B – (Aaron McRoberts), John Frost, Greg Myers, Mark LeonardMen’s 20’s – Matt Seldon, Chris Dennison-Smith, Gavin KingMen’s 35’s – Daniel Scully, Josh Vernon, Adam O’KeeffeMen’s 40’s – Dave Brown, John Frost, Mark SinclairMen’s 45’s – Victor Naumovski, Mick McGrath, Mark FentonMixed Open B – Victor Baptista, Tony Calabria, Rina JansonWomen’s Open A Reserve – Karren Strachan, Luke Heckendorf, Blake DawesSenior Mixed – (Phi Lowe), Mark Sinclair, (Jillian McRoberts), Daniel Scully, Nic AltinWomen’s 20’s – Karen Davies, Mark Camilleri, Paul TesorieroWomen’s 30’s – Sally Melzer, Craig Hughes, Darian FurnerMen’s 50’s – Peter Millington, (Larry Kent), Greg Eggins, John MitchellWomen’s 40’s – John Salisbury, Garry Foster, Nicole TeoWomen’ Open B – Trent Richards, Blake Richards, Bryce SaintyThe following referees were also acknowledged for their achievements at the event:Leading referee – Adam FoleyLeading Women’s referee – Sandra ClarkLeading Senior referees – Bill Slade, Karren StrachanLeading Level 5 referee – Josh VernonLeading Level 4 referee – Luke Heckendorf
OSU junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (10) during a game against Purdue on Oct. 16 at St. John Area. OSU won 3-2. Credit: Christopher Slack / Lantern PhotographerA dominant effort from junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe propelled the No. 14 Ohio State women’s volleyball team (21-6, 10-5) to a comeback win against No. 16 Illinois (17-9, 8-7) on Wednesday.Sandbothe recorded her first career double-double on 19 kills and a career-high 11 blocks (one solo), registering a game-high 25 points as the Buckeyes came away with a win in four sets (16-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-23) in St. John Arena to complete a season sweep of the Fighting Illini.“You can’t take points off,” Sandbothe said. “I don’t get the opportunity to be that player and I don’t want to be that player.”Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell also left her mark on the game with 16 kills and 13 digs, her 10th double-double of the season.“It’s a product of the whole team,” Campbell said. “Being able to get a really good dig or setting up a good block makes it easier for us to be able to distribute the ball all over the place.”After missing two games as she continues to deal with a left elbow injury, freshman setter Taylor Hughes returned to the starting lineup and led all players with 47 assists, along with four blocks and three kills.With 14 total blocks, OSU was able to hold Illinois to a .163 hitting percentage for the match. Junior libero Valeria León played a pivotal role in the strong defensive effort, picking up a game-high 19 digs.The Buckeyes also struggled on the offensive end through the first two sets as the Fighting Illini had 10 of their 11 blocks for the game. But OSU came alive in the third and fourth frames with a combined .373 attack percentage and only six errors.Campbell said a win over an Illinois team that came into the contest on a four-match winning streak will help her team’s confidence moving forward after losing four of its last six games.“It feels really good to get a really good win against a really good team, just helping us finish these last few games out strong,” she said.After a three straight games on the road, being back at home also helped the Buckeyes.“We wanted to get back in our house this week,” Sandbothe said. “We’ve got a big week ahead of us to show what we’re about, what we’ve been working hard on all practice last week (and) just bringing that to light.”OSU got into a deep hole early on in contest, finding itself down 9-1 quickly in the first set. Sandbothe tried to get her team back in it with three kills and four blocks, but the Buckeyes could never close the gap to less than five as they dropped the opening frame.That would be the only set dropped by the Scarlet and Gray on the night, however, as they battled back to take the next three. Getting back to the gameplan was crucial in the comeback effort for the Buckeyes.“Our coaches had talked to us about having a fast tempo on our sets and really limiting our errors,” Campbell said. “I think that we gave them a lot of points in that first set.”Sandbothe continued her dominance in the second set, but the result was different for her team as it evened the match at one.She picked up seven kills and her four blocks helped hold Illinois to a .000 hitting percentage for the set. Things were closely contested until the junior went on a tear, as she had a hand in six of eight Buckeye points to fuel an 8-1 run and give her team a 20-10 advantage to put things out of reach.The momentum stayed on the home side in the third set. Led by seven kills from Campbell and five more from Sandbothe, the Buckeyes attacked at a .415 clip and never trailed, taking a 2-1 lead.The Buckeyes found themselves down for much of the deciding frame, trailing by as many as five points, but worked their way back to tie the Fighting Illini at 18.From there, the two teams went back and forth, looking poised to go to extra points with the game knotted up at 23, but a Sandbothe kill and a block by Hughes and senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson ended the match.OSU will be back in action on Saturday when they are scheduled to take on Michigan in St. John Arena. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins races down the sidelines during the first half of the Buckeyes’ game against Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship on Dec. 2. Credit: Jack WesterheideINDIANAPOLIS — Back and forth they went. No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 8 Ohio State fought back-and-forth with both teams’ College Football Playoff hopes hanging in the balance. When Buckeye quarterback J.T. Barrett hit wideout Terry McLaurin for an 84-yard touchdown, Wisconsin responded with a pick-six. Even when Ohio State took a 21-7 lead, the Badgers fought back to within three points in the fourth quarter, but could never take the lead.The Buckeyes (11-2, 9-1 Big Ten) proved to be too much for Wisconsin (12-1, 9-1 Big Ten), handing the Badgers their first loss with a 27-21 victory in the Big Ten championship game Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.With three top-25 wins and a conference championship win, all Ohio State can do is wait as the playoff committee determines whether it has done enough to make up for its losses to No. 3 Oklahoma and Iowa earlier in the season.Playing just six days after having knee surgery, Barrett did what he could to keep his team in the game against Wisconsin. He started the scoring with the touchdown strike to an open McLaurin, which concluded a 96-yard scoring drive, the longest in Big Ten championship history. He then found H-back Parris Campbell for a 57-yard touchdown pass less than five minutes later. But Barrett also made his fair share of mistakes. He followed up the touchdown pass to McLaurin with an interception that linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel took nine yards for Wisconsin’s first touchdown of the game to knot the score at seven. Linebacker Leon Jacobs also intercepted Barrett late in the third quarter. Barrett finished the game 12-for-26 for 211 yards, including two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also had 19 rushes for 60 yards and a touchdown.Ohio State’s offense was buoyed by freshman running back J.K. Dobbins, who had 17 carries for 174 yards. He exploded for a 77-yard rush that Barrett followed up with a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:05 remaining in the first half, then Dobbins had a 53-yard carry late in the third quarter. With Dobbins’ 77-yard run, Ohio State surpassed Wisconsin’s average of 236.9 yards given up per game. The Buckeyes finished with 449 total yards.But Ohio State’s defense kept its team in the game, making up for Barrett’s turnovers and running back Mike Weber’s first-half fumble.The Badgers had five three-and-outs, and freshman running back Jonathan Taylor, who has the most rushing yards in the conference, had 41 carries for just 15 yards, his lowest total of the season.Quarterback Alex Hornibrook went 19-for-40 for 229 yards with two interceptions. He also threw an interception on Wisconsin’s second drive of the then-scoreless game. The Badgers marched 55 yards to Ohio State’s 18-yard line. But the drive ended there when cornerback Denzel Ward picked off Hornibrook’s pass at the 4-yard line with 7:34 remaining in the opening quarter.Ohio State kicker Sean Nuernberger went 2-for-3 with made field goals from 27 and 20 yards. Wisconsin kicker added two field goals. He hit both attempts, making them from 28 and 46 yards.