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first_imgITT Tech Stops Enrolling StudentsAUGUST 29TH, 2016MATT PEAK ILLINOIS, INDIANA, KENTUCKY ITT Technical Institute has stopped enrolling students altogether at its campuses.This comes less than a week after the U.S. Department of Education banned the Indiana-based company from accepting new students who use federal financial aid.Analysts say the ban is a likely death sentence for ITT, which received 79% of its cash receipts last year from the Federal Student Loan program.The department also placed several other sanctions on ITT, including a freeze on executive compensation and an order that it increase its surety funds in 30 days.ITT Tech operates more than 130 campuses in 38 states.EPD Foundation Appoints New Executive DirectorAUGUST 29TH, 2016 MATT PEAK EVANSVILLE, INDIANA The Evansville Police Department Foundation appoints a new Executive Director.Jan Davis will be taking over the leadership roll.The EPD Foundation exists to award financial grants to the department for specialized equipment, education, collaborative community programs and for the support of its personnel.A private reception in her honor will be thrown in to celebrate Davis Tuesday.Only local dignitaries, the EPD Foundation Board of Directors and Board of Governors, donors, and friends of the Evansville Police Department will all be in attendance.Petition Started to Extend EVSC Lunch PeriodsAUGUST 30TH, 2016 CHELSEA KOERBLER EVANSVILLE, INDIANA Some local parents are joining forces, hoping to make a change to lunch periods in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation.Two moms go together and started an online petition to try to extend the now 20-minute lunch period.They started it after realizing their children were coming home from school hungry, and saying they don’t have enough time to eat.EVSC Superintendent Dr. David Smith says if there’s ever a child that can’t finish their meal, they will give them extra time.But, with 1,800 signatures on their online petition, the moms say it isn’t just a few children who can’t finish their lunch in time.“And it’s very sad to watch kids put some food in their pockets, or standing over the trash can shoving more food in their mouth,” said Tiffanie Wolf, EVSC parent, helped start petition. “And it’s like sometimes, this is the only decent meal some of these kids are gonna get and they’re taking it from them. and then they’re going back to class hungry.”The moms plan to take the petition to the next school board meeting, September 12th at 5:30, hoping they’ll consider extending the lunch periods to at least 20 minutes and a reworking of the schedule to allow kids enough time for both lunch and recess. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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first_img Giants disrespected Bumgarner with contract offer, says ex-teammate WASHINGTON — At the beginning of the week, Bruce Bochy talked about savoring his time during his final visit to the nation’s capital as the San Francisco Giants manager.Bochy, however, did not make it to the end of Thursday’s 4-2 loss in the Giants’ series finale against the Washington Nationals. Neither did starting left fielder Brandon Belt.Related Articles How Madison Bumgarner …last_img

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first_img20 June 2011Burger King said on Tuesday that it was mulling opportunities for establishing a foothold in South Africa to counter sluggish economic growth in the US market, according to a Business Day report.Yum Brands, which owns KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, have also shown interest in South Africa, Sanford C Bernstein analyst Sara Senatore told the business daily. “We are currently assessing the opportunity in SA for the Burger King brand,” she said.Burger King said it continuously reviews its “worldwide restaurant portfolio in the course of business. We make strategic decisions based on many factors, including development opportunities, market conditions and restaurant profitability.”Emerging markets ‘attractive’Senatore said emerging markets were attractive to US companies as their growth had outpaced progress in developed markets. “There are difficulties when entering developing markets such as infrastructure and regulatory differences, but what any company is looking for is market depth and market growth and SA has that,” she said.“They are looking for markets which will provide fast growth and are rapidly developing. Any company that can partake in these types of economies will want to, despite these challenges.”Burger King was founded in 1954 and is the second-largest fast-food hamburger chain in the world after McDonald’s. It has about 12 000 outlets in 73 countries and 90% of those are owned and operated by independent franchisees.Franchise licences vary depending on the region, with some regional franchises, known as master franchises, responsible for selling franchise sub-licences on the company’s behalf.Tough rival in Famous BrandsAbsa Securities analyst Chris Gilmour told Business Day that the local burger market was saturated: “I am very surprised they would consider this, unless they are using SA as a springboard into Africa.”However, Vestact fund manager Sasha Naryshkine holds a different view: “The fast-food sector has done astonishingly well over the past few years, and there is still potential for growth. Burger King is a well-known international brand and could compete with Famous Brands’ Steers division.“But its fame would not guarantee its success. Subway is a well- recognised brand and it has not managed to capture the imagination of South Africans,” he said.Burger King would find a tough SA rival in Famous Brands, with its 520 Steers outlets across the country. Steers grew sales 6.5% in the year to February, and said it planned to open a further 20 stores this year, according to the report.Justin Divaris, CEO of the Daytona Group that brought the Aston Martin brand to SA, is rumoured to be involved in the deal. He declined requests for comment from Business Day.Sapalast_img read more

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first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Tots Carlos, Nicole Magsarile and Maristela Layug powered the Lady Maroons, who fittingly raised the Dominic Sytin trophy named after their late benefactor, who was slain early this month.Carlos scored 17 points, while Magsarile and Layug had 11 and 10, respectively for UP, which recovered from a lethargic second set to bag the title.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The entire Petron bench and its followers at Filoil Flying V Centre erupted in celebration as an F2 serve went long at match point and Petron wrapped up a second title this season.“The team really worked very hard in practices and they showed how much they want to win,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos. “We almost swept the conference but we know eventually teams will try to stop us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefOverall, Petron just lost one match—Game 2 of the finals—all tournament before claiming its third AFC title.Meanwhile, University of the Philippines bested University of Santo Tomas, 25-21, 16-25, 25-23, 25-19, earlier to capture the inaugural Collegiate Grand Slam. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPetron displayed the type of game that made it the most dominant team in the league, blasting F2 Logistics in straight sets for the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference championship Thursday night.Denied of a tournament sweep, Petron attacked from all corners to post a 25-22, 26-24, 25-23 triumph for its fifth conference title in the league.ADVERTISEMENT Playing both Santa and the Grinchlast_img read more

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Soledad O’Brien‘s congratulatory tweet to Haitian-Japanese tennis champ Naomi Osaka left critics reeling after the journalist pointed out that there are now TWO Black women competing in the 2018 US Open finals.Osaka, who advanced to the finals after defeating American Madison Keys on Thursday, will now face off against 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams. According to the BBC, the 21-year-old, who is of Haitian and Japanese descent, is the first ever Japanese or Haitian woman to reach a grand slam final.Twitter screenshot.“Message to Serena: ‘I love you,’” O’Brien wrote. “Naomi Osaka is so awesome … and now we’ve got 2 Black ladies in the final.”Her tweet drew backlash from conservatives who refused to see the significance of two Black women, or women of color in general, competing for the grand slam title.“This comment is so racist,” one critic wrote. “Blacks r racist than whites, I keep saying. Imagine a white person celebrating an all white final …”“Why does it have to be 2 ‘black’ ladies,” another chimed in. “Why can’t it be 2 great tennis players?”Others chided O’Brien for excluding the fact that Osaka is also Japanese.“If you want to put importance on race cool that’s you, but please be all inclusive and accurate,” someone tweeted.Meanwhile, another critic warned, “Be careful, we don’t know if Osaka identifies a Black. Remember Madison Keys (who’s biracial) didn’t like that distinction … lol. I’m just saying, we have to let people identify how they want to. But if she does, then yes, we have two Black ladies in the finals! YAY!”Osaka and Williams will compete for the 2018 Grand Slam title in New York on Sunday.When asked how she felt during her match with Keys, Osaka replied, “This is going to sound really bad … but I was just thinking – I really wanted to play Serena…Because she’s Serena.” read more

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Assuming the point does not end on an ace or double-fault, serving players essentially have two choices: serve and move forward or serve and stay at the baseline. Since the 2000s, players who prefer to remain mainly at the baseline have taken over tennis, despite the unshakably consistent success rates for serve-and-volley over the years. But the difference between the strategies has been stark at this year’s U.S. Open: Through the quarterfinals, women have won just 48 percent of points at the baseline — 28 percentage points less than the share of points won on serve-and-volley.All sports go through trends. As the games change, different approaches fall in and out of vogue. The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl last year on the strength of the RPO — run/pass option — in which backup quarterback Nick Foles had the option of handing off or passing. But the play wasn’t new. The option has been around in college football since the 1960s. But it’s taken a backseat as more teams have gone to pro-style offenses.This happens all the time in sports: What’s old becomes new again. Tennis is no different. Strategies experience revivals.Women in tennis have been relegating themselves mostly to the baseline. But perhaps Williams’s use of the serve-and-volley Thursday will spark a new trend. Women at this year’s U.S. Open have displayed incredible athleticism and shrewd strategy. We’ve seen blistering serves and masterful groundstrokes in the nearly two weeks of play. But we’ve been missing a powerful, ancient weapon: the serve-and-volley. The tactic is all but extinct from women’s tennis, despite still being incredibly effective.Through the quarterfinals in Flushing Meadows, on points in which women followed their serve by rushing to the net for a volley, they won a remarkable 76 percent of the time, according to U.S. Open data from IBM. But confoundingly, the strategy was deployed only 84 times — less than 1 percent of all points played.Serena Williams, for her part, flashed the potential of the serve-and-volley in her semifinal win Thursday over Anastasija Sevastova. Williams came to the net five times immediately after serving, taking four of those points.After the match, Williams said she usually approaches the net “only to shake hands,” but she wanted to try something different against Sevastova. It was a reminder of just how potent the tactic can be.The serve-and-volley appears to be used more on the men’s side of late. At this year’s U.S. Open, men served and volleyed 488 times through the quarterfinals, for just less than 3 percent of all points played. Though they couldn’t quite equal the gaudy success rate of the women, they still did very well with the tactic, winning 66 percent of the time. No matter who’s doing it, statistically, the serve-and-volley is an effective way to win points.Why this play is underutilized has long been a topic of discussion in tennis. Some have chalked up the change in tactics to advanced racquets and strings that improve passing shots, while others have blamed slower courts at Wimbledon and this year’s U.S. Open.1Theoretically, slower courts allow players more time to tee off on returns, blowing by net rushers. But there’s no doubt that women have been giving serve-and-volley the cold shoulder.During the late 1970s and ’80s, Martina Navratilova dominated the sport using an attacking serve-and-volley style with monsterous success, propelling her to 18 Grand Slam Championships. Even in the 1990s, serve-and-volley was still in a heyday in the women’s game. To illustrate, look at Wimbledon. It’s a place where serve-and-volley has historically been a favorite tactic because of the ability of the server to dominate on grass, where the ball bounces are low. Returners must put loft on their shots to ensure they clear the net. That’s a feast for a volleyer.Wimbledon first released serve-and-volley data in 1997, and it included tournament totals for the first time in 2002. Jana Novotna served and volleyed her way to the final that year, losing to Martina Hingis. For the tournament, Novotna employed the serve-and-volley 339 times, winning 213 of those points. In the final against Hingis, she used it 76 times — almost as often as the entire women’s field through five rounds at this year’s U.S. Open. It’s an astounding drop of a tactic and a big shift in the way women play tennis.Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that releases historical data, but we can look at its last 17 tournaments to track the decline of serve-and-volley as a strategy in the women’s game: read more

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