News Article | May 23, 2017
CEV Multimedia, a leading producer of Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum resources, announces the release of a new social media marketing course. The materials highlight concepts and best practices useful to students entering a marketing or business career path. CEV Multimedia developed the course in response to a growing need for social media-specific curriculum in marketing courses. In recent years, many states have adopted social media marketing as a stand-alone course, or have integrated it into current marketing curriculum requirements. The content areas of the iCEV course focus on topics such as the basics of social media, laws and ethics, mobile marketing, strategies for creating, implementing and evaluating social media campaigns and more. “As social media continues to evolve, this new course gives students the knowledge to use these channels effectively in both personal and professional environments,” said Clayton Franklin, vice president of brand management at CEV Multimedia. “We hope students adapt to new trends in the industry to understand how it contributes to an organization’s overall marketing strategy.” Delivered through iCEV, teachers have access to an extensive playlist of videos, presentations, lab activities, assessments, lesson plans and more to teach topics related to social media and marketing. Subscribers will also have access to more than 25 additional courses and curricula available on the iCEV platform. Industry professionals, such as Allie Danziger, contributed to the design of multiple lessons within the course. Danziger is the president and founder of Integrate, an integrated marketing agency in Houston, Texas. “Many organizations recognize that social media is a powerful tool and understand that they need to hire social media-savvy individuals that can help develop strategy and messaging that resonates with an audience,” Danziger said. “This new course shows students that working with social media is so much more than posting a picture or sending a tweet. It’s about bringing the human element to a brand and being able to adapt and think strategically in an industry that is constantly changing.” iCEV’s robust curriculum and training resources aid students in concept mastery and offer the potential to earn industry-backed certifications in their program of study. Through these programs, students in high school and college learn lifelong skills that translate directly into the workforce and post-secondary education programs. The full course will launch in Fall 2017 with new lessons being added to the playlist as they become available. For more information on the social media marketing curriculum, please visit http://www.icevonline.com/socialmedia. About CEV Multimedia With 33 years of experience, CEV specializes in providing quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and education resources for several major subject areas: Agricultural Science and Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Business Education, Marketing Education, Trade and Industrial Education, Health Science, Law Enforcement and Career Exploration. CEV received the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award in 2012 and has been honored numerous times for its excellence in content creation and exemplary business practices. iCEV is the most comprehensive online resource for CTE educators and students. With iCEV’s learning-on-demand capabilities, video clips stream instantly to any device with Internet capabilities. Through iCEV, students can earn industry-backed certifications across multiple areas of CTE that prepare them for college and beyond. For more information, visit http://www.icevonline.com.
News Article | May 23, 2017
Oklahoma Connections Academy, a tuition-free online public school that serves students statewide in grades K-12, graduated more than 100 seniors at a commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20 at Claremore Expo Center, Claremore, Okla. Family, friends, teachers and administrators came together to celebrate the students’ successes, with remarks from Sonia Panjnani, class valedictorian, National Merit Scholarship finalist and graduating senior. “We are very excited to have played a part in the lives of each of these unique individuals,” said Tammy Shepherd, principal at Oklahoma Connections Academy. “Graduation is our favorite day of the year because it represents the culmination of all the hard work of these students and marks a milestone in their path toward adulthood. We want to congratulate each and every one and wish them well!” Wellston’s Tobias Sapp has attended Oklahoma Connections Academy all four years of high school and enjoyed the flexibility of the online program because it enabled him to work on his family’s bee farm while attending school. Sapp plans to join the military after graduation, with a long-term goal of earning a degree in psychology before going on to law school. Edmond’s Tori Crow also enjoyed the flexibility of online school as it allowed her to build her schedule around extracurricular activities and several hours of dance practice a day, while still pursuing a high-quality education. Crow will attend the University of Central Oklahoma and will major in dance performance. Oklahoma City’s Hannah Glass will attend Southern Nazarene University, majoring in physical education with the hope of one day becoming an elementary school physical education teacher. Glass thrived in the online school environment, working independently and challenging herself with a variety of unique courses. Oklahoma City is also home to Anthony Barrington who will attend The Juilliard School in New York City this fall to pursue a career as a professional trumpet player. Additional 2017 Oklahoma Connections Academy graduates will attend universities including Stanford, University of Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma, Tulsa Community College, Oklahoma State University, Southeastern Missouri University, University of Georgia and University of North Texas, among others. The commencement ceremony is an example of the many social events and field trips that Oklahoma Connections Academy hosts throughout the year to provide in-person socialization opportunities for students. The school also offers various activities, including clubs for robotics, gaming and technology, debate and art, among others, and National Honor Society. Oklahoma Connections Academy serves more than 1,100 students and provides high-quality, personalized online education. The school combines Oklahoma-credentialed teachers with a high-quality curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. College-bound students can tailor their schedules to accommodate exam preparation and college applications, as well as take advantage of the school’s diverse course catalogue, including core classes in math, science, language arts and social studies, as well as expanded AP and Career Technical Education (CTE) classes that help prepare them for a 21st century workforce. From music and art courses to computer coding courses through Java Programming, students are not only fostering creative expression, they are mastering digital literacy. For more information about Oklahoma Connections Academy and a schedule of upcoming information sessions, please visit http://www.OklahomaConnectionsAcademy.com. About Oklahoma Connections Academy Oklahoma Connections Academy is a tuition-free, high-quality, highly accountable virtual public school serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade throughout Oklahoma. Oklahoma Connections Academy is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accrediting division of AdvancED. Oklahoma Connections Academy provides students with the flexibility to learn from anywhere with an innovative curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. The combination of state-certified teachers, a proven curriculum, unique electives, technology tools, and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit the school’s website, http://www.OklahomaConnectionsAcademy.com.
News Article | May 24, 2017
Comcast, joined by Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera, and City of Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse, recognized the students at a special event held Tuesday at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. All of the 2017 Pennsylvania Leaders and Achievers recipients received $1,000 scholarships, except for one student, Adrianna Mowrer of Perkiomen, who was awarded a $10,000 Comcast Founder's Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation. After a prize drawing, 10 students also received Samsung Chromebooks for use at college. "Governor Tom Wolf joins me in congratulating these gifted students for their outstanding achievements," said Pedro Rivera, the governor's Secretary of Education. "Ensuring a first-rate education is Gov. Wolf's top priority for Pennsylvania, and these young people exemplify what excellence in teaching and learning can mean for every student. We also commend the Comcast Foundation for its ongoing charitable support of programs like this scholarship." The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who strive to achieve their full potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to prepare for the future and to engage them in their communities. The program also demonstrates the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community. This year, the program will award more than $2 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students across the country to help them pursue higher education. Visit here to learn more. About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation's largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. About the Comcast Foundation The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—promoting service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $200 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community. 2017 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Winners from Pennsylvania: SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS (by County where the high school is located) Jamie Hogarty of New Oxford Senior High School Alexis Little of Littlestown Senior High School Zainab Adisa of Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Brittany Andrews of South Park High School Samuel Bordo of Lakeview Christian Academy Isabella Brown of Quaker Valley Senior High School Kali Bunecicky of Chartiers Valley High School Breanna Cavanaugh of Elizabeth Forward High School Justin Cook of Seton-Lasalle High School Christopher DeSalle of Our Lady Sacred Heart High School LaDayazia Diggs of Westinhouse High School Carlee Domke of Plum Senior High School Christopher Johnston of Clairton High School Janel Jones of Allderdice High School Emmeline Klatt of Fox Chapel Area High School Tanner Klein of Brentwood Middle High School Quinn McGuire of Penn Hills High School Aaron Meyer of Northgate High School David Mrazik of North Allegheny Senior High School Tyler Raub of Deer Lakes High School Meghan Reith of North Hills High School Michael Skledar of Cheswick Christian Academy Vicki Wang of Upper St. Clair High School Jacob Wiesenfeld of Hillel Academy Pittsburgh Ryan Zoldos of Sto-Rox Junior-Senior High School Alexis Zovko of Thomas Jefferson High School Brianna Bell of Apollo Ridge Senior High School Emily Cornman of West Shamokin High School Jonathan Kamis of Armstrong High School Bryce Allen of Beaver Falls High School Christa Camp of New Brighton High School Amanda Clear of Beaver County Christian School Lauren Detrick of Ambridge Area High School Grace Dubois of Beaver Beaver Area High School Chloe Goehring of Western Beaver Junior / Senior High School Melissa Halstead of South Side High School Amanda Herzog of Freedom Area High School Frank Riggio of Blackhawk High School Nicholas Romano of Quigley Catholic School Montana Shugars of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School Holly Singer of Hopewell Senior High School Sneha Anmalsetty of Wilson Senior High School Evan Cardinal of Antietam Middle / Senior High School Felix Estevez Hilario of Reading High School Dylan Okonski of Muhlenberg High School Anastasia Ballasy of Archbishop Wood Luke McDonald of Holy Ghost Preparatory School Madeline McQuaid of Pennsbury High School Daniela Molina of Morrisville Middle / Senior High School Livia Pinover of Germantown Friends School Sanjana Shah of Central Bucks High – East Priyanka Chunduru of B. Reed Henderson High School Elizabeth Harvey of Oxford Area High School Adrianna Mowrer of Deleware Valley Friends School Mason Putt of Twin Valley High School Kameron Reeves of Coatesville Area Senior High School Portia Wiggins of Collegium Charter School Madeline Bender of Shippensburg Senior High School Autumn Bishard of Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School Chase DeShong of Trinity High School Joshua Lehigh of West Shore Christian Academy Tyler Myers of Camp Hill High School James Thompson of Harrisburg Academy Amanda Acri of Halifax Area High School Kyla Brezitski of Bishop McDevitt High School Richard Cross of Millersburg Area High School Hunter Herb of Upper Dauphin Area High School Bailey Jones of Big Spring High School Trevor Kisler of Steelton-Highspire Junior-Senior High School Olivia Ramsey of Central Dauphin East Senior High School Junaid Rehman of Scitech High School Sadie Troup of Central Dauphin High School Catherine Cai of Garnet Valley High School Kelsey Czyszczon of Sun Valley High School Regina Fairbanks of Marple Newtown Senior High School Edward Issertell of Cardinal O'Hara High School Davina Le of Academy Park High School Samantha Martin of Penncrest High School Riannon Atkins-Smith of James Buchanan Senior High School Cassidy Fritz of Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School Colby Maun of Shalom Christian Academy Cy McCleaf of Waynesboro Senior High School Misael Vera of Chambersburg Area High School Isaac Lohr of Penns Manor Area Junior-Senior High School Abrielle Okopal of Saltsburg Junior-Senior High School Hana Wahi of Indiana Area Senior High School Mya Zemlock of Homer Center Junior-Senior High School Madilyn Augustine of North Pocono High School Casey Greenfield of Old Forge High School Nicholas Maldonato of Dunmore Area High School Leah Pawluck of Holy Cross High School Alyssa Ames of Penn Manor High School Regan Donecker of Pequea Valley High School Madeline Harmes of Warwick High School Sharon Mathew of Lancaster Catholic High School Simon Munyan of Elizabethtown Area Senior High School Kelly Pentz of Solanco High School Ileana Santiago of McCaskey Campus Emily Stoltzfus of Dayspring Christian High School Stephanie Wagner of Manheim Central Senior High School Gabriella Colucci of Neshannock Junior / Senior High School Madison Donley of New Castle Junior / Senior High School Shania Johns of Shenango High School Autumn Deitrick of Loyalsock High School Noah Fagnano of Montoursville High School Justin Kramer of Muncy Junior-Senior High School Rebecca Nash of South Williamsport Junior Senior High School Kendra Snyder of St. John Neumann Regional Academy Mikayla Casey of Jenkintown High School Alay'na DiSanto of Merion Mercy Academy Naila Garbutt of Wyncote Academy Rachel Harmon of Springfield High School Francis Waweru of Norristown High School Sandra Arroyo of Kensington High School for International Business, Finance and Entrepreneurship Marshae Batchelor of Parkway Center City High School Mya Brown of Parkway West High School Nikell Byrd of Murrell Dobbins CTE High School John Carley of Father Judge High School Amondo Clayton of Roman Catholic High School Emily Coulter of Philadelphia Academy Charter School Gregory Damas of Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School Tasia Dennis of Imhotep Institute Charter Cara DiMarcantonio of Archbishop Ryan School Tiana Douglas-Brown of High School of the Future Samantha Evans of Maritime Academy Charter School Montana Flowers of West Philadelphia Catholic High School Rochaelle Gill of International Christian High School Ajae Henson-Alston of Jules E. Mastbaum Area Vocational Technical School Semaj Herbert of Freire Charter School Kevin Ipina de Leon of Benjamin Franklin High School Brandon Jackson of Lankenau Environmental Science Magnet High School Mingwang Jiang of George Washington Carver High School for Engineering and Science Austin Lin of Academy at Palumbo Nasir Mack of Philadelphia Performing Arts & Sciences: A String Theory Charter School Mark Martin of Motivation High School Katherine Moronta of Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School Cheyenne Murray of Deleware Valley Charter High School Maimouna N'dongo of Sayre High School Franklin Okpala of Frankford High School Ramzy Raihan of Central High School Robert Sim of Julia Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School Yoshna Tamang of Furness High School Nghi Tran of Mercy Vocational High School Kayla Warren of Friends Select School Sayyid Watson of Charter High School for Architecture and Design Sierra Williams of Constitution High School Mercer Wright of W. B. Saul High School for Agricultural Sciences Maliyah Robertson of Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Social Justice Denislava Stefanova of Northeast High School Michaela Zammuto of Hallahan High School Maura Bentz of Minersville Area Junior-Senior High School Emily Witmier of Pottsville Area High School Tyler Zimerofsky of Nativity BVM High School Darci Debos of Washington High School Maria Lengwin of Ringgold High School Breanna McCann of South Fayette High School Tyler Meier of Canon McMillan High School Jeremy Bass of Norwin Senior High School Amber Carr of Greensburg-Salem High School Lauren Comito of Hempfield Area High Michaela Dearborn of Donegal High School Marc Gibson of Monessen Middle & Senior High School Maiah Repovz of Yough Senior High School Ciara Coombes of Northeastern Senior High School Rebecca Glusco of Dallastown Area Senior High School Trevor Grim of Bermudian Springs High School Evan Raubenstine of South Western Senior High School Adam Wolnikowski of Eastern York High School To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/comcast-nbcuniversal-awards-188000-in-scholarships-to-178-pennsylvania-high-school-seniors-300463078.html
News Article | May 11, 2017
TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alternate Health Corp (CSE:AHG) (OTC:AHGIF) announced today that its Continuing Medical Education (CME) program for doctors on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and Cannabis has been approved and accepted by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) in partnership with the American Medical Association (AMA). Through the course, doctors learn the latest techniques and breakthroughs in CTE research and simultaneously fulfill their CME requirements. “We are extremely excited to add this CTE protocol to Alternate Health’s existing library of medical cannabis accredited courses,” says Dr. Jamison Feramisco, CEO of Alternate Health Corp. “Through our partnership with the University of Louisville, we have created an educational series that instructs doctors how to use cannabis as an emerging treatment for CTE and other medical disorders.” In order to demonstrate the quality and comprehensive nature of this program, Alternate Health has included an introductory video (https://vimeo.com/216875569) of the Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and Cannabis Course, and will commence sales of the online course on its website (www.alternatemedical.com) and at events across the United States and Canada. CTE is a progressive degenerative disorder found in people who have suffered brain trauma through repeated concussions, micro-concussions or blows to the head. The disorder gained recognition through high-profile cases in athletes, like NFL players or boxers, who have suffered recurrent injuries throughout their careers. Signs of CTE usually begin to show 8-10 years later, with symptoms ranging from dizziness and memory loss to vertigo and dementia. Launched through Alternate Health’s subsidiary, Alternate Medical Media, the CTE and Cannabis course is the first CME of its kind recognized by the AMA. The course builds on Alternate Medical Media’s previously AMA-approved course on The Endocannabinoid System and Cannabidiol (CBD) and continues to strengthen the company’s research and education assets. “We will continue to publish high quality educational programs for physicians and those in the cannabis industry who wish to know the science behind the body’s endocannabinoid system,” says Dr. Feramisco. “Alternate Health’s CME courses are set to lead the discussion on how to use cannabis in treating a wide range of ailments.” These CME programs will be available to doctors, scientists and the public online at www.AlternateMedical.com and offer full accreditation and certificate level courses on medical distribution, deployment and the delivery of CBD and THC. Alternate Health Corp is a technology-focused healthcare company driving innovation in complementary medicine, clinical research and medical cannabis. Based on a portfolio of clinical laboratories, research studies and medical software, Alternate Health invests in research, testing and production for the medicinal and therapeutic use of Cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids. Leveraging the company’s assets in exclusive patents and partnerships, Alternate Health positions itself to be the global authority on the science, manufacturing and administration of medical cannabis. Neither the CSE nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the CSE) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Statements included in this announcement, including statements concerning our plans, intentions and expectations, which are not historical in nature are intended to be, and are hereby identified as “forward-looking statements”. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words including “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates”, “expects” and similar expressions. The Company cautions readers that forward-looking statements, including without limitation those relating to the Company’s future operations, business prospects and financing plans, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward looking statements.
News Article | May 8, 2017
In the days since former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell, the internet has been awash with bombshell reports regarding the former NFL star. Almost every day has brought a new revelation about Hernandez’s life and death. A look back shows everything we know about Hernandez’s charges, his life in prison and his suicide. Jun. 26, 2013: Hernandez was charged with the murder of former semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. Attorneys said he drove Lloyd to an industrial park in Massachusetts where he shot him six times. Jun. 26, 2013: The New England Patriots released Hernandez less than two hours after he was arrested and charged for Lloyd's murder. May 15, 2014: Hernandez was formally indicted in the double homicide of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado in 2012. Apr. 15, 2015: Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Apr. 17, 2015: Reports emerged that Hernandez was placed on suicide watch following his conviction. Apr. 14, 2017: Hernandez was acquitted of the 2012 double murder of Abreu and Furtado. Apr. 19, 2015: Hernandez was found hanged in his prison cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Massachusetts in the early morning and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Apr. 21, 2017: Newsweek published a report in which it alleged that Hernandez was involved in a gay relationship while in prison and left the man with which he was intimate a note. Hernandez’s lawyer, Jose Baez, denied such reports and called them “malicious leaks.” Apr. 21, 2017: Massachusetts officials confirmed Hernandez's brain would be released to an academic center to determine whether he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Apr. 23, 2017: Reports emerged of three suicide notes left behind by Hernandez: one to his fiancée, one to his daughter and one to the man Hernandez was said to have been in a relationship with while in prison. Subsequent reports said the third letter was not to someone in prison, but to his lawyer. Watch TMZ on Yahoo View, available on iOS and Android. Apr. 25, 2017: Lawyers for Hernandez filed a motion in court to dismiss his murder conviction using a legal rule known as "abatement." Because Hernandez's appeal was still in process when he died, he could be posthumously declared innocent. Apr. 27, 2017: The man whom Hernandez was reported to have been in a relationship with while in prison, Kyle Kennedy, made a statement. “I miss my friend,” he said. “I would ask the media to respect the privacy of my family. This is a private matter that doesn’t concern them.” May 4, 2017: An investigative report released by Massachusetts State Police revealed that Hernandez had jammed his door with cardboard to prevent it from opening and had spilled shampoo across the floor to make it slippery. Prison officers found him hanging naked from a bed sheet tied around window bars, with a fresh cut on his middle finger and “John 3:16” written on his forehead and prison walls. The report officially closed with an investigation that ruled his death a suicide. May 5, 2017: Prosecutors released one of the suicide notes found in Hernandez’s cell, addressed to his fiancée Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez. A death report revealed Hernandez was linked to the Bloods street gang and was disciplined for having gang paraphernalia while in prison.
News Article | May 9, 2017
The mikeroweWORKS Foundation has contributed $50,000 to the SkillsUSA Travel Scholarship Program for students competing in the world’s largest showcase of career and technical education (CTE), the 2017 National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky. This year’s scholarship program was enhanced through a generous grant of $50,000 from the Charles Koch Foundation and Koch Industries, bringing the total to $100,000 to support CTE students. This is the seventh consecutive year that the mikeroweWORKS Foundation has offered travel scholarships to SkillsUSA members who compete and place first in their state’s SkillsUSA Championships but face a financial challenge to travel and compete at the national event. Any SkillsUSA 2017 national competitor who meets the criteria can apply. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation focuses on students working toward careers in manufacturing, construction, automotive technology and other STEM-related occupations. The 2017 scholarship fund will assist up to 100 students. Since 2011, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation has provided travel scholarships to nearly 400 SkillsUSA students, representing an investment of more than $365,000 in America’s future skilled workforce. “The skills gap is not only real, it’s a reflection of what we value,” said Mike Rowe. “To close the gap, we need to change the way the country feels about work. My foundation supports SkillsUSA because it celebrates the kind of skills that are actually in demand. Through excellence and competition, SkillsUSA encourages real-world training, and in the process, lays the foundation for thousands of careers in the skilled trades. SkillsUSA works.” “This is an amazing sponsorship from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation and its partners. We sincerely thank the Charles Koch Foundation and Koch Industries for supporting America’s future skilled workforce and these deserving students,” said SkillsUSA’s executive director, Tim Lawrence. “Our students are so grateful for the support they receive and deserve every opportunity to showcase their skills. SkillsUSA is a talent pipeline and a verified skills gap solution. Every year 100,000 SkillsUSA students complete their technical program, job-ready on Day One.” The annual SkillsUSA Championships take place this June 19-23. An expected 6,000 competitors will test in 100 leadership and hands-on occupational skills contests, the majority of which are STEM-focused. Events include Humanoid Robotics, Automated Manufacturing Technology, Carpentry, Graphic Communications, Mobile Electronics Installation, Information Technology Services and Medical Assisting. Competitions are planned and run by industry to its standards for entry-level workers. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation focuses on students who are ready to work hard but face financial challenges to attend the national event. Scholarships are based on a written application that includes financial need and SkillsUSA involvement. Applicants must also provide a recommendation from a SkillsUSA member instructor or state association director. About SkillsUSA SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. This nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association serves more than 335,000 member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials. For more information, go to: http://www.SkillsUSA.org. About the mikeroweWORKS Foundation The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works hard to debunk myths about the skilled trades and help close the skills gap. As CEO of the Foundation, Mike Rowe speaks regularly about the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work and challenges the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path for the most people. Through its scholarship programs, including the Work Ethic Scholarship Program and the SkillsUSA Travel Scholarships, the Foundation provides financial assistance to people getting trained for skilled jobs that are in demand. The Foundation has granted, or facilitated the granting of, nearly $5 million in education for trade schools across the country. For more information, go to: http://www.mikeroweworks.org. About the Charles Koch Foundation Charles G. Koch has supported research and educational programs focused on improving human well-being for more than 50 years. The Charles Koch Foundation supports more than 300 universities and colleges across the country, supporting scholars and universities interested in advancing an understanding of the link between free societies and well-being. The foundation also provides students resources to further their educational opportunities and career development. For more information, visit: http://www.charleskochfoundation.org. About Koch Industries, Inc. Based in Wichita, Kansas, Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in America with estimated annual revenues as high as $100 billion, according to Forbes. It owns a diverse group of companies involved in refining, chemicals, and biofuels; forest and consumer products; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; process and pollution control equipment and technologies; electronics; information systems; commodity trading; minerals; energy; glass; ranching; and investments. Since 2003, Koch companies have invested more than $80 billion in acquisitions and other capital expenditures. With a presence in about 60 countries, Koch companies employ more than 120,000 people worldwide, with about 70,000 of those in the United States. From January 2009 to present, Koch companies have earned more than 1,200 awards for safety, environmental excellence, community stewardship, innovation, and customer service. For more news and stories, visit: http://www.kochnews.com.
News Article | May 10, 2017
Scientific efforts to enhance human performance were carried on throughout the 20th century, but most people hear about this work only in the context of criticizing "steroid cheats" in their favorite sports. Testosterone is an old drug, synthesized in the 1930s by Croatian scientist Leopold Ruzicka and later deployed to considerable effect by the Soviet and East German Olympic teams. Growth hormone research began in the 1950s and was used to treat people with developmental disabilities; later, pioneering amateur steroid researcher Dan Duchaine wrote about the drug's potential for strength gains and bodily rejuvenation. Even stem cell treatments, in the form of bone marrow transplants, have been performed since the 1960s. Outside of a purely medical context, attempts to utilize these drugs have been met with intense criticism. John Hoberman's book Testosterone Dreams details many of the fallacious claims made about that sex hormone, such as its potential to eradicate impotence and male homosexuality, while also noting that until 1984, the American Academy of Sports Medicine denied that anabolic-androgenic steroids had any impact whatsoever on athletic performance. Steven Ungerleider's Faust's Gold offers a detailed look at East Germany's state-run performance enhancement, offering many reproductions of the precise drug schedules that East German athletes followed, but is deeply critical of the government doctors who oversaw the program and avowedly opposed to performance enhancement. "What is performance enhancement, exactly?" steroid-using powerlifter Mark Bell asked me when I interviewed him last year. "All exercise, all training, is a kind of performance enhancement. What makes one thing good and another thing bad?" Confusion about terminology such as "performance enhancement," as well as concerns about drug side effects and public disapprobation for the swollen, hypertrophied bodies of professional bodybuilders, have combined to consign much worthwhile research involving testosterone, growth hormone, and even stem cells to the sidelines, or, in the case of black-market personal usage of steroids, to the shadows. "We did this work on ourselves," physique athlete and trainer Douglas Alexander told Motherboard. "From Dan Duchaine's Underground Steroid Handbook to today's performance-enhancing drug forums, lifters and bodybuilders have been testing and experimenting with drugs, determining what works and what doesn't. It's part of what makes this such a close-knit community, that knowledge base." Cass Almendral, a 56-year-old business consultant who discussed his growth hormone usage in a recent New York Post feature, believes that performance enhancement and anti-aging treatments should be normalized rather than stigmatized. "I'm under a doctor's supervision and I've never been in better shape," he said. "What's dangerous, in my opinion, is selling people exercise products or diets that don't work, that make them become discouraged and depressed while chasing results they cannot achieve due to the effects of the aging process." Brian Mehling, an orthopedic surgeon and founder of Blue Horizon International, a charitable foundation focused on regenerative medicine, has conducted extensive stem cell and growth hormone research. Mehling believes public misperceptions and regulatory hurdles have unduly complicated that process. "On the one hand, you have people who think of strengthening and improving the body, and what immediately comes to mind are these huge bodybuilders who are taking dangerous amounts of anabolic drugs, who are quite frankly suffering from some kind of psychosis related to body image," he said. "And then you have drug companies that are very satisfied with the profits from their cholesterol pills and antidepressants and don't want to see these symptoms alleviated, merely treated." Mehling is unsatisfied with the pace of change. "We are on the cusp of breakthroughs in multiple areas related to injury and aging, from CTE to Alzheimer's, and it is unfortunate that much of this work has to be done overseas because of the glacial pace at which the FDA moves." Almendral, for his part, sees the process of public acceptance of performance enhancement as unavoidable. "Everyone is entitled to experience a high quality of life and athletic performance. It shouldn't be something available only to wealthy people, something kept far out of reach because taking pills and feeling bad as your body weakens with age is a more 'natural' state."
News Article | May 12, 2017
ISTANBUL & STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Saran Media today announced a new multi-year agreement to televise WWE’s flagship programs Raw and SmackDown in Turkey on S-Sport beginning tomorrow. Every Saturday at midnight, S-Sport will televise a two-hour edition of Raw followed by a one-hour edition of SmackDown at 2 a.m., both in Turkish. Fans will be able to follow their favorite WWE Superstars, including Roman Reigns™, AJ Styles™, Seth Rollins™, Kevin Owens™, Alexa Bliss™, Charlotte Flair™, Dean Ambrose™, and Shinsuke Nakamura™ among many others. S-Sport subscribers can also watch episodes they missed through video on demand and S-Sport’s 7-Day Catch-Up feature. “We are proud to work with Saran Media to televise WWE’s premier programs Raw and SmackDown to our passionate fans in Turkey,” said Ed Wells, WWE Executive Vice President, International. “This new multi-year agreement shows the increasing global growth of WWE, while also giving us the opportunity to connect with local fans by delivering WWE content via a first-class platform.” “Turks love sports in all forms, and WWE is a very popular brand in particular, especially for the Turkish youth,” said Selim Usta, General Manager of Saran Media. WWE will be in good company with S-Sport’s other premier programming including the English Premier League, NBA, Formula 1, ATP 500 and Moto GP.” WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. 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News Article | May 9, 2017
If the former NFL player's 2015 murder conviction is dismissed, his estate is likely to fetch millions of dollars, according to a report. A judge is set to hear arguments Tuesday seeking the dismissal of Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction linked to the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. The hearing comes as appellate lawyers for the former New England Patriots tight end appealed to abate the 27-year-old's murder conviction after he committed suicide in his prison cell on April 19. Hernandez's lawyers made their request under a long-standing legal principle holding, which allows a conviction to be deemed void if the defendant dies with an appeal pending. However, Bristol County prosecutors, who are trying to block the appeal, have argued that dismissing his murder conviction would reward his decision to take his own life. The ex-NFL star, who was jailed for life without parole for the murder of Lloyd, was found hanging from his prison cell window April 19 at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts. His suicide came just as he was acquitted in the 2012 double murder of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Below are some facts and rumors that surfaced after Hernandez's suicide death last month. 1. Officials said Hernandez used a bed sheet to hang himself in his jail cell. 2. Massachusetts Department of Corrections said after Hernandez's death that he was not considered a suicide risk. 3. Corrections Department spokesman Christopher Fallon said Hernandez tried to block his cell door by jamming various items to prevent officers from entering. 4. Autopsy results showed that he died of asphyxia by hanging and his death was ruled as a suicide. 5. Massachusetts officials announced that Hernandez’s brain would be released to an academic center to determine whether he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). 6. Three handwritten notes were found next to a Bible in Hernandez’s cell. The notes were written to his fiancée Shayanna Jenkins, his daughter Avielle and the last to his attorney Jose Baez. 7. Massachusetts State Police wrote in an investigative report last week that Hernandez smeared his cell floor with shampoo in order to make it slippery for the prison officers. 8. New Bedford Superior Court Judge Thomas F. McGuire Jr. rejected requests of saving Hernandez's tissue and fluid samples to carry out neuropathology and toxicology analysis. 9. While correction officers found K2 during a prison search, toxicology report for Hernandez revealed no traces of “K2,” or synthetic marijuana — or any other illegal drugs — in his system. 10. Hernandez was linked to the Bloods street gang and was disciplined for having gang paraphernalia while in prison, documents related to the investigation into his prison suicide revealed. 1. According to reports, the star athlete was found with a reference to a Bible passage on his forehead. Hernandez wrote “John 3:16” on his forehead in red ink. The Chicago Tribune reported that a Bible found in his cell was opened to the page that contained the verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 2. Earlier, some reports claimed that Hernandez's last letter was for his gay prison lover. 3. The American football tight end wrote "Illuminati" in block letters on the wall along with an unfinished pyramid and the all-seeing eye of God, similar to the illustration on the back of the one dollar bill, according to Boston TV station WCVB.