first_imgIn  September, Velvet Canada, a graduate of Saint Mary’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) fourth SPARK program in South Bend, will open her own dance studio named DanceHipology, WEI director Martha Smith said. “Velvet was a student of our fourth session of SPARK,” Smith said. “She came to us with a lot of enthusiasm. From the very beginning it was obvious that she meant business, literally. She participated in all of the sessions and by the end of the program she had finished her business plan and was ready to go forth with her idea. Now, she is the first SPARK graduate to open a brick and mortar business.”  The eleven-week program SPARK is modeled after a San Francisco non-profit called the Women’s Initiative, Smith said. Both programs include intense training sessions on topics such as marketing, break-even points, mission statements, business plans, stress management, networking, record-keeping and loan information. “We learned about banking, met with bankers and realized it is not that hard to start a business,” Canada said. “I learned being an entrepreneur is really just time, effort and knowing the right people.”  Canada, who graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from Notre Dame in 2009, said she developed a passion for ballroom dancing while attending the University and has now been dancing for seven years. “I have been a professional dancer for three years now and I cannot wait to share my passion with the South Bend community,” Canada said. “I really just want to share this passion with others and get others to get out there, shake their booty and have fun.” Canada said for the past two to three years she has had a dream of opening a dance studio, and in December she decided to make this dream a reality. To move forward, Canada applied for the SPARK program. “My boss saw information about the SPARK program in the newspaper and thought I would be a great candidate,” Canada said. “Turns out I was and the program really lit a fire under what I wanted to do in terms of opening a business.” She said she is tailoring her studio toward hip-hop and ballroom dancing, but has several goals for the studio. “My goal is to have a kids group that can cultivate the culture of hip-hop and realize it is not a thug thing,” Canada said. “You can dance to hip-hop with classical music of the popular hits of today. I also want people to know ballroom dancing is not something that has to be danced … with stuffy symphony music. There are some cool songs you can dance [to for] ballroom.” Though tailored to these two types of dancing, Canada said her studio will offer a variety of different classes. “We are going to have all different types of classes,” Canada said. “If you want to learn moves that a motown back-up singer would have to know, we are going to have a class for that. We are also going to have Zumba and hip-hop workout classes for people of all ages. One of my teachers is trained in Tae Kwon Do and he will be teaching a Martial Arts dance class. There really will be a class for everyone.” Having been mentored by the SPARK program, Canada said she is looking forward to giving back to South Bend community and paying her mentoring skills forward. “I came to this city seven years ago and can honestly say I have fallen in love with South Bend,” Canada said. “This city has a lot of talent and I would love to help dancers in anyway possible. Whether that is helping anyone that has a goal of being a successful dancer or someone that would like to open her own studio, I would like to offer my skills and experience.” Canada said she is thankful to the SPARK program for giving her the extra boost of confidence to start her own studio. “I have recommended others to do the SPARK program and will continue to do so,” Canada said. Smith said SPARK represents an organization of community members investing in women who will eventually give back to the greater South Bend community.  “Thanks to the financial support of KeyBank, 1st Source Bank, PNC Bank, NIPSCO, The Pokagon Fund, the involvement of dedicated community facilitators and SCORE volunteers, SPARK continues to pioneer and meet the needs of women-related causes,” Smith said. To learn more about Dancehipology you can visit www.dancehipology.com or call 574-400-5408 to sign up for fall classes. The studio is located in the Emporium Building at 121 South Niles Avenue. Contact Kaitlyn Rabach at krabac01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

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January 17, 2021

Goat Co-op.

first_imgWhen you think “ranch” or “livestock” or even “meat,” you probably don’t think “goat.” But a group of goat ranchers in the Washington County, Ga., area are hoping to change that.They’ve taken some big steps toward starting a goat slaughter-plant cooperative that would provide farmers a stable market and supply quality meat to a growing market of ethnic consumers.The facility, Sunbelt Goat Producers Cooperative, would be run as a new-generation co-op, said Sidney Law, Washington County coordinator of the University of Georgia Extension Service. The goat ranchers themselves would own and control it.Feasibility StudyAn economic study by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development determined that the slaughter-plant co-op is feasible.The co-op would give growers a stable market, Law said. And goats delivered to the slaughter plant would draw a premium price.An organizational meeting has been set for 10 a.m. June 23 at the Washington County Farm Bureau Agriculture Center in Tennille, Ga.Co-op members will adopt bylaws and elect officers and a board of directors at the meeting. Only members will be able to vote or become officers or board members.Interested in Joining?Anyone interested in joining the co-op can get an application from the Washington County Extension Service at P.O. Box 310, Sandersville, GA 31082, or from Washington County Meat Goat Association President Charles Batten at P.O. Box 934, Sandersville, GA 31082. The membership fee is $20.Law and Batten will tell about the slaughter plant co-op June 2 at the annual Dairy Goat Show in Clarksville, Ga., at 9 a.m. at the Habersham County Fair Grounds.For more information, call Law at (478) 552-2011 or Batten at (478) 552-1471. Or e-mail Law at uge3303@uga.edu.last_img read more

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first_img“We’re excited about what we have. The older kids have been meshing well and teaching them the way we do things,” she said. The Bearcats roster adds a handful of transfers. Sophomore Birna Benonysdottir joins Binghamton from Arizona. Shapiro Ord said she’s a post player who “can really shoot it,” and stretch the floor. Sophomore Destiny Samuel transferred from Temple. Shapiro Ord described her as having length and a nice shot. “My expectations are we are family, we are a close team,” she said. “The new kids are understanding that pretty quick just from all of our conversations, and they’re seeing it.” With unusual circumstances entering the season, Shapiro Ord said her expectations remain high. In addition to have a unique schedule, the team will feature a lot of new faces this season. Shapiro Ord said the team is working to develop chemistry on and off the court. “It might be a little different but same mindset. Getting our girls to be in the best position to be successful,” she said. VESTAL (WBNG) — The Binghamton women’s basketball team is getting ready to begin play next month. The non-conference and conference schedules are still being finalized. The Bearcats lost their starting five from last season, including star point guard Kai Moon. She added Zahra Barnes, Cassidy Roberts and Hanna Strawn will likely be battling for the point guard spot, but with conference play consisting of back-to-back games, it will give everyone an opportunity to step up. Shapiro Ord said they’ll open the season November 25th, on the road. The women will play six non-conference games. She said Binghamton has been extremely detailed with COVID-19 testing and so far they’ve felt very safe. The lone freshman on the team is freshman Elena Delicado from Madrid, Spain. Shapiro Ord said said she’s a “sponge,” and gets better every day. “Even one percent, or even little progress is great progress,” she said. “I just keep reminding them it’s about the process and that’s what we have to do.” Friday marked practice number eight for the Bearcats. Shapiro Ord said the they’re starting out slowly and working their way up to full effort. Shapiro Ord said sophomore Denai Bowman and senior Kaylee Wasco are prepared to step into big roles after playing significant minutes last season. “This is for both teams, we won’t get on a bus until both teams are completely negative and there’s no issues with that.” Conference play will begin December 18th. The format consists of a full double round-robin schedule with 18 games. With non-conference competition up to the discretion of each university, Coach Bethann Shapiro Ord said as of right now they plan to play. last_img read more

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first_imgLocated off the coast of Fangyuan in Changhua County, Central Western Taiwan, Taiwan Power Company’s Changhua project comprises 21 Hitachi 5.2MW turbines installed on jacket foundations. Jan De Nul and Hitachi are in charge of the overall work covering the manufacturing and installation of the foundations and the turbines at the wind farm. The company did not disclose the name of the project; however, it did say that the jacket pile grippers will be used to install the wind farm’s 21 jacket foundations in 2020. Based on the information provided, the grippers will most likely be used on the 109.2MW Changhua offshore wind farm. IHC IQIP has won a contract to provide 84 jacket pile grippers for an offshore wind project in Taiwan.center_img Hitachi is in charge of manufacturing, assembly, operation and maintenance, and other work related to the 21 wind turbines. Jan De Nul’s scope of work includes the design, fabrication and installation of the foundations, wind turbine installation, the supply and installation of cables off- and onshore, as well as for the upgrading of the electrical substation. The wind farm is scheduled to be operational by the end of the year.last_img read more

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first_img Tweet Share 23 Views   no discussions Energy drinks packed with caffeine can change the way the heart beats, researchers warn.The team from the University of Bonn in Germany imaged the hearts of 17 people an hour after they had an energy drink.The study showed contractions were more forceful after the drink.The team told the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America that children and people with some health conditions should avoid the drinks.Researcher Dr Jonas Dorner said: “Until now, we haven’t known exactly what effect these energy drinks have on the function of the heart.“The amount of caffeine is up to three times higher than in other caffeinated beverages like coffee or cola.“There are many side effects known to be associated with a high intake of caffeine, including rapid heart rate, palpitations, rise in blood pressure and, in the most severe cases, seizures or sudden death.”The researchers gave the participants a drink containing 32mg per 100ml of caffeine and 400mg per 100ml of another chemical, taurine.Short-term impactThey showed the chamber of the heart that pumps blood around the body, the left ventricle, was contracting harder an hour after the energy drink was taken than at the start of the study.Dr Dorner added: “We’ve shown that energy drink consumption has a short-term impact on cardiac contractility.“We don’t know exactly how or if this greater contractility of the heart impacts daily activities or athletic performance.”The impact on people with heart disease is also unknown.However, the research team advises that children and people with an irregular heartbeat should avoid the drinks.The British Soft Drinks Association already says the drinks are not for children.BBC News Sharecenter_img Share HealthLifestyle Energy drinks ‘change heartbeat’ by: – December 2, 2013 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Dominica to send delegation to UN non-communicable summit in September by: – June 22, 2011 Share 12 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Dr. David Johnson. Photo credit: GIS NewsDominica will be represented at a United Nations summit on Non Communicable Diseases in September.Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Johnson said while the Ministry of Health cannot confirm who will attend that summit just yet, it is likely that Dominica will have a delegation there.He said the Ministry of Health is currently preparing for national consultation on the matter as part of a response to the UN Summit.“We are constantly reviewing the situation in terms of our policy and our program when it comes to non communicable disease. We will be represented at a government level and we are preparing to hold discussions in that regard,” he said.The national consultation, he said will sensitize the Dominican public and put up a response ahead of the summit.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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first_imgAccording to police investigators, residents heard six gunshots after which they saw the assailants flee using a vehicle prior to discovering the victim’s body around 8:00 p.m. on March 12. As of this writing, officers of the Talisay City police station have yet to identify the suspects but are looking into drugs as the motive in the killing./PN BACOLOD City – A man was found dead inBarangay Matab-ang, Talisay City, Negros Occidental. The 38-year-old Rocky Lopez of BarangayAlijis here sustained gunshot wounds on the head and body, a police reportshowed. He died on the spot.center_img A placard bearing the words, “Sorry indi na ako kapangawat kag kapanghold-up kag baligya shabu. Goodbyeearth,” were also found on the victim’s feet.last_img

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first_imgThese DVD’s were among items confiscated by police on Wednesday after a month-long investigation. (Courtesy: Indiana Excise Police)According to the State Excise Police, the 14 people arrested at White’s Sale Barn were from the Cincinnati area. Police confiscated thousands of items from more than a dozen booths on Wednesday morning. Those following individuals are facing counterfeit charges:Sy Abdarahmane, 61; Barro Birane, 53; Idy Camara, 40; Kadara S. Dia, 54; Abou Diallo, 50; Abou Modi Diallo, 50; Daba D. Diawara, 37; Jimmy C. Garrison, 55; Bocar Jah, 32; Oumar M. Ndiaye, 46; Hamady A. Samba, 38; Kassoum Thiam, 53; Abou Wagne, 56; and Abou A. War, 59, all of Cincinnati.*Original Story*Police arrested 14 people and seized thousands of items at a Brookville flea market on Wednesday morning.Indiana State Excise Police said they began a month-long investigation after receiving a tip that reported counterfeit items being sold at White’s Sale Barn on Holland Road.Police found more than a dozen booths that sold counterfeit DVD’s, shoes, jackets, boots, purses, sunglasses, handbags and NBA/NFL jerseys.“The people operating the booths represented the products as authentic when, in fact, they were not,” Excise Officer Travis Thickstun said in a release.Some of the DVD’s included movies that are only in theaters and not yet available on DVD in the legal retail market.Those arrested were preliminarily charged with counterfeiting, a class C felony. Additional charges related to fraud could possibly follow. Names have not yet been released.Only those operating the booths that sold counterfeit items were arrested, according to the report. The owner of White’s Sale Barn was not charged with any crime.The flea market is open on Wednesday mornings and features more than 400 vendors and generally has 6,000 to 8,000 customers.Anyone with information about the counterfeit products should contact authorities at 812-523-8314.The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and Franklin County Prosecutors Office assisted Excise police with the investigation.last_img read more

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first_imgVINTON, Iowa – The 2016 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season ends this Sun­day, Sept. 25.Final races are scheduled that day for Modifieds, Sprint Cars, Stock Cars, Northern SportMods, Southern SportMods, Hobby Stocks and Sport Com­pacts.Bonus points will be figured and national and regional champi­ons and rook­ies of the year announced as soon as possi­ble.Local track officials have until noon Central Standard Time on Monday, Oct. 24 to notify IMCA of corrections that affect their top 15 point stand­ings before all standings for those divisions become official.Questions about IMCA point totals and standings should be directed to Virginia Lindsey, director of membership and points, at vlindsey@imca.com or by calling 319 472-2201, ext. 215.last_img

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first_img Share March 30, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – Start searching in the car and under your couch again! The University of West Florida’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee will spearhead the second Make-A-Wish Foundation Spare Change Drive at this weekend’s baseball and softball games at the UWF Sports Complex.During Saturday and Sunday’s games, members of SAAC will be walking through the stands and collecting money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Any donation will be greatly appreciated.The Division II National SAAC has developed a Make-A-Wish Foundation division-wide sponsored fundraising campaign to raise at least $100,000. Last year, the Division II National SAAC raised $116,950.40.The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 and has reached out to more than 144,000 children worldwide. The foundation has enhanced the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions by making their dreams and wishes a reality.Come out to the UWF Sports Complex this weekend to help West Florida SAAC reach their donation goal of $500Print Friendly Version Second Spare Change Drive Scheduled for This Weekendlast_img read more

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