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first_imgMarch 25, 2019 /Sports News – National Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski announces retirement from NFL Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Rob Gronkowski is hanging up his cleats after nine seasons in the NFL.The New England Patriots tight end made the announcement in an Instagram post Sunday.“It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far,” Gronkowski wrote in the post. “I will be retiring from the game of football today.”He went on to thank his teammates, fans and the Patriots organization.“But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success,” Gronkowski said.A team source told ESPN Gronkowski called Patriots owner Robert Kraft earlier on Sunday to let him know of his plans to leave the game.In a statement, Kraft commended the tight end for his “hard work, preparation, selfless attitude and the sheer dominance of his game.”“‘Gronk’ quickly became a fan favorite and the most dominant player at his position for nearly a decade,” Kraft said. “I look forward to honoring him in the near future as both a Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Famer.”Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said in a statement it was a “pleasure and a privilege to coach Rob Gronkowski the past nine years.”“From his rookie year until his final season and through countless times in between, Rob was a major reason why we won games and championships,” Belichick said. “His elite combination of size, skill, intelligence, toughness and ability to perform in pressure situations set him apart.”Gronkowski’s teammate, quarterback Tom Brady, also responded to the news of his retirement, writing in an Instagram post, “What an honor and privilege to play with you these past nine years @gronk! You accomplished so much and our team was almost unbeatable when you were on the field!”“The NFL was a better place with you in it! But I have no doubt you will be a success in anything you do!!!” Brady added.Gronkowski, 29, was drafted by New England in 2010 and has spent his entire NFL career with the team. In his nine seasons in the league, he has played in 115 regular-season games, amassing 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_img WhatsApp Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ CVS now administering COVID-19 vaccines in Indiana nursing homes By Network Indiana – December 29, 2020 0 152 Google+ Twitter (Photo supplied/CVS Health) On Monday, CVS Health began administering COVID-19 vaccines to nearly a thousand long-term care facilities in Indiana.Aspen Trace Family-first Senior Living Facility in Bargersville will have 200 people vaccinated, including 100 residents and staff.Gregg Gormal is the chief operating officer of CarDon and Associates, which operates eight long-term care facilities in central Indiana and 20 across the state.He says Aspen Trace is one of three CarDon communities beginning vaccinations Monday. 95% of residents have committed to get their first Moderna dose. That’s compared to a 50% commitment a few weeks ago.Gormal credits education for the increase. The facilities made sure staff and families understood the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.Gormal also says the vaccination rollout will continue to the other CarDon communities by mid January. Previous articleMichigan woman steals police car, crashes it early MondayNext articleLakeville firefighters rescue man who fell through thin ice Network Indiana Twitter Facebook Pinterest Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgGeorge R.R. Martin, the author of the worldwide-bestselling fantasy series A Song Of Ice And Fire, the basis for HBO juggernaut Game of Thrones, is a widely noted Deadhead. If you’ve read his books or watched Game of Thrones, you’ve probably noticed a reference or two to the Grateful Dead. According to Martin, the books are riddled with nods to the band, from the ferocious “Dire Wolves” the Stark kids keep as pets to the sacred “Weirwood” trees in the North and the knight, Gerold Dayne, who is also known as “Darkstar.” Martin even refers to his home as “Terrapin Station”.In a 2015 interview at New York’s 92nd St. Y, Martin explained, “I’m certainly a fan of the Grateful Dead, I’ve attended Grateful Dead concerts…My wife Paris is perhaps more of a fan of the Grateful Dead than I am.” In the same interview, he noted, “I do have Grateful Dead lyrics always rattling around in my head…‘Ripple’ is one of my favorite songs of all time…’There is a road, no simple highway.”So it’s no surprise that when latter-day Grateful incarnation Dead & Company hosted their inaugural Playing In The Sand destination event in Mexico earlier this month, George and Paris Martin were in attendance. As is customary at these types of events, the Martins milled around with the rest of the crowd and band including ESPN Radio host Stugotz, as pictured together below: George and Paris also got a chance to hang with Oteil Burbridge and his wife, Jess, in Mexico. As Oteil gushed in a Facebook post about the trip, noting “Getting to meet George R.R. Martin and his lovely wife Paris was pretty mind-blowing! We are big-time Game of Thrones fans in the Burbridge House. He gave us money from frigging Westeros! And Paris gave us a pin of the Sigil of the Brotherhood Without Banners. Too cool!”You can see Oteil and Jess Burbridge pictured with George at Playing in the Sand below via Oteil’s Instagram (Note: bonus points to George for the skull suspenders). Scroll right for a photo of their “Westerosi” gifts from the Martins.last_img read more


first_imgToday, we are excited to announce that ScaleIO 2.0 is generally available to our customers. This release marks a significant milestone for ScaleIO software running on commodity hardware. According to IDC, customer adoption of Software-Defined Storage is growing rapidly (75% Y/Y) and for use cases and workloads that ScaleIO is suited for.There’s a lot of new stuff under the hood of EMC ScaleIO 2.0! This release provides innovative features and enhanced functionality for organizations looking to achieve public cloud agility with private cloud resiliency. We’re bringing together the best of both worlds with new capabilities in three key areas:Enriched SecuritySecurity enhancements in ScaleIO 2.0 enable customers to utilize IPv6 addresses, integrate ScaleIO with their role-based user management platforms (AD/LDAP) as well as provide more granular access for those users. Additionally, customers gain confidence knowing that the system has internal logic to validate and ensure the security of ScaleIO components.Enhanced ResiliencyData and system integrity are critical requirements for EMC customers. New resiliency features in ScaleIO 2.0 help ensure data is always available and not corrupted using in-flight checksum. In addition, new tools provide customers with expanded support options, read flash cache capabilities, as well as efficiencies when performing maintenance on ScaleIO servers.Extended Platform SupportBuilt upon an agile infrastructure with support for many platforms, ScaleIO 2.0 provides additional support for new OS platforms and expanded OpenStack capabilities. ScaleIO 2.0 also streamlines customer operations and simplifies the user experience by expanding the functionality of ScaleIO’s active GUI.Today, customers desire on-demand, pay-as-you-grow storage without the extra frills they won’t use for months or years. They also want to be extremely agile – they can’t wait days or weeks to bring a new application or use case online – they need it now, while making sure their data is protected. That’s what ScaleIO brings: public cloud agility and private cloud resiliency.Check out the video below to learn more about ScaleIO’s ability to provide public cloud agility with private cloud resiliency!ScaleIO already provides massive scalability, extreme performance and compelling economics alongside the flexibility and elasticity ScaleIO is known for. Since ScaleIO is block storage, there are many use cases, and we’re seeing traction in three key areas:IaaS for traditional environments: ScaleIO is applicable to most block use cases but ScaleIO’s value resonates highly in private cloud due to its ability to start small and enable pay-as-you-grow, always-on functionality, customer choice, and multi-tenant support.IaaS for OpenStack environments: ScaleIO is fully integrated with, and contributed to OpenStack Liberty, with great partnerships to enable easier integration with OpenStack cloud infrastructure for modern applications.NoSQL: ScaleIO utilizes DAS architecture but adds enterprise SAN features and provides far better performance with the same underlying HW – saving customers CAPEX and OPEX costs while simplifying their operations for NoSQL environments.Want to learn more? Read about how Verizon is using ScaleIO to provide scalable virtualized block storage services. Read about ScaleIO’s performance in independent, third-party testing here.Learn more by checking out the ScaleIO homepage, follow @EMCScaleIO on Twitter, or try it out – for free!Click on the infographic below to take a closer look at EMC’s software-defined, scale-out, block storage.last_img read more


first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Another pass for Big Corporations….. (Mom & Pop shops…. still closed)If they can have NON ESSENTIAL fans in the stadium, we can open up the state,You’re not wrong… Image by Darren McGee, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.ORCHARD PARK – Fans will be back in the stands at Bills Stadium just in time for the first home Wild Card playoff game in 25 years.Governor Cuomo announced on Wednesday that the state will allow just over 6,700 fans at the home game on Jan 9 or 10.Fans will be required to take a COVID-19 test before the game in order to attend, and contact tracing will be taking place after the game.Season ticket members will be notified by seniority and tickets not expected to be available for the general public.  Fans will be required to pay for testing, which will be administered in Lot four. Cuomo said the fact that the stadium was outdoors made “all the difference.”The Bills clinched the AFC East title for the first time in 25 years, securing the home playoff game. Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula appeared on Governor Cuomo’s press conference and expressed their excitement about the ability to have “Bills Mafia” back in the stands for the playoffs.Along with the Pegulas, Bills quarterback Josh Allen joined in to remind Bills fans to continue to mask up and stay safe.The 12-3 Bills head into the final week of the regular season controlling their own destiny. With a win on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo would secure the two seed in the AFC, and would also be able to host the AFC Divisional Game.last_img read more


first_imgFor more than two decades, beekeepers from across the Southeast and beyond have come together each spring in the north Georgia mountains to talk bees, learn from each other and hobnob with some of the most renowned bee experts in the world.Part comic-con for bees, part tent revival for pollinator protection and part Extension workshop, the annual Young Harris College – University of Georgia Beekeeping Institute has educated more than 2,500 beekeepers over the past 25 years.“This is our 25th year doing the Young Harris College – UGA Beekeeping Institute, and I think anything that lasts 25 years is pretty commendable,” UGA Honey Bee Program Director Keith Delaplane. “This has emerged from being just a regional meeting to having a national and international scale. We have people coming in from different countries and from many, many states.”In 1991, Delaplane teamed up with fellow beekeeper and Young Harris College biology professor Paul Arnold to develop a regional beekeeping workshop to help Southeastern beekeepers tackle emerging problems.“We needed a place where people could go to get a good, well-rounded education in beekeeping,” Arnold said. “There were a lot of local bee clubs and beekeepers all over Georgia and the Southeast, but one of the things that was lacking back then was an educational component. … At the time we started this, we wanted to make a difference in the education of beekeepers.”Starting with 50 beekeepers and a few hives around campus, UGA and Young Harris instructors and bee experts from across the region came together to host the first institute. Over the years, each three-day workshop has grown to include between 250 and 300 student beekeepers and instructors from around the world.This year beekeepers from as far away as the Cayman Islands, Oklahoma and Michigan joined the institute.The institute’s reputation for presenting the latest, research-based information in an informal atmosphere has not only increased the geographic diversity of the attendees, but has also grown the demographic diversity of the attendees.The beekeepers gathered at the institute in recent years are more diverse in terms of age and lifestyle. Twenty-five years ago, the crowd was older and more likely to live on rural farmland, Arnold said. Today, you’re just as likely to meet a 35-year-old suburban dad or a 20-something working on an urban agriculture project in downtown Atlanta.“In the last 20 years or so, there’s been a resurgence in beekeeping interest,” Arnold said. “I see more young beekeepers today.””Sue Selewski, who farms several vacant lots in downtown Detroit, came down to the beekeeping institute because she was looking to revitalize her beekeeping operation and expand her farm.”“We don’t have any programs like this in Michigan — nothing that’s this extensive,” said Selewski. “I really wanted to get into something that was more scientific.”“This has been very, very good,” she said. “My mind was on fire yesterday.”Selewski plans to take these lessons back to Michigan and share them with her local bee club in Detroit.The skill and information sharing that happens at local bee clubs after members return home makes it hard to measure the full impact of the institute, said Jennifer Berry, a UGA-based bee educator, institute organizer and laboratory manager for the UGA Honey Bee Program.There is a lot of informal information sharing after the institute, but, over the years, the staff has also certified more than 500 Georgia Master Beekeepers. The training and rigorous testing program — run as part of the institute — is modeled on the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer program and requires an annual community education or service commitment to maintain certification.For instructors like Berry, the annual institute is a chance to recharge. The enthusiasm of the students helps to reaffirm the reason that she and other researchers study bee health.“It’s really enjoyable to meet new beekeepers and it really reinvigorates us,” Berry said. “The questions that new beekeepers ask — because they haven’t been involved in it as long — actually stimulates us to think about it in a different light as well.”For more information about the Young Harris College – UGA Beekeeping Institute and the UGA Honey Bee Program, please visit ent.uga.edu/bees/.last_img read more


first_imgIs being a pro kayaker as carefree as it sounds? It’s amazing. I live in an old RV and travel around the country for a couple of months every year. We bounce between apartments, houses, and the RV. I spend part of the year in Colorado and part of the year in Chattanooga. I like seeing new places. I like the unexpected.Is it tough to make ends meet as a boater? There’s very little support, even for the national team, so I’m basically all on my own. I’ve sold Christmas trees out of the R.V. I sell smoothies for 10 days every summer in Iowa for the Bike Ride Across Iowa. Right now, I’m a waitress at a fine dining restaurant. It’s surreal to think about kayaking while popping open a $200 bottle of wine for someone’s dinner.How do you like to train? I love to stand up paddleboard. Here in Chattanooga, I’ll paddle upstream on the Tennessee. It’s really good for your core, upper body, and balance. I like to find different ways to train. I can hit the gym and run a little, but I get bored. Last night, I tried Aerial Yoga, which is like Cirque de Soleil kind of stuff. You’re hanging from the ceiling, wrapped in fabric. It was amazing.What’s the secret to freestyle kayaking? Patience. Making a fool of yourself is a big part of freestyle. You’re not going to get a trick the first time. It’s going to take hundreds of attempts. And you’re always trying something new, different, harder. It definitely takes patience. But it’s worth it. I know that if I can do a McNasty in the last 10 seconds of my heat, it can change the competition for everyone.Watch film of Mills surfing and flipping on the Gauley. Freestyle paddling champ Haley Mills. 2010 was a banner year for 27-year-old Haley Mills. The Kentucky-born freestyle kayaker, who spends her winters training in Chattanooga, scored a third-place finish at the Teva Mountain Games, claimed the USACK National Freestyle Championship title, and earned a spot on the U.S. National Freestyle Team. Mills shared the ups and downs of pro kayaking while she prepares for the World Freestyle Championships to be held in Germany this June.last_img read more


first_imgThe $11.9 billion Golden 1 Credit Union said Thursday it is cooperating with an FBI investigation of a former Sacramento Kings executive who allegedly diverted millions of corporate sponsorship funds to buy beachfront properties in Southern California.The Sacramento Bee reported Jeffrey R. David, 44, the Kings’ former chief revenue officer and a former NBA executive, allegedly siphoned $9 million from Golden 1 CU and $4.4 million from Kaiser Permanente Foundation. The alleged scheme was uncovered by an internal investigation conducted by the Kings’ organization. The money is reportedly being recovered with no losses to the team or to Golden 1 CU and the Kaiser foundation, according to the newspaper.The Kings turned over its internal probe findings to the FBI last week, which launched its own investigation and reportedly began the formal process of seizing the properties. The FBI declined comment.In June 2015, the Sacramento-based Golden 1 CU became the first cooperative in the nation to sign a 20-year, $120 million naming rights deal for a major league professional sports venue, — Golden 1Center — that opened in September 2016 as the home court arena of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_imgGunners manager Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)‘Chelsea have bought amazingly well. They are going to close the gap on Liverpool next season.‘It could be one of the tightest league title races in a long time. But Arsenal have a long way to go to get to that level.’Arteta’s side have the opportunity to test themselves against the Premier League champions when they face Liverpool in the Community Shield on Saturday.And Merson added: ‘The Community Shield is a benchmark for Arsenal to see how far behind Liverpool they still are.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘They could beat Liverpool and win the game. Of course they could. But that’s what Arsenal are – a cup team.‘On their day they can beat anybody. But how often is their day? Over 38 games it’s Liverpool who are consistent. That’s what Arsenal need to find. Consistency.‘That’s why this game is a benchmark for them. They need to see how far behind they are.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Gabriel Martinelli offers verdict on Arsenal signing WillianMORE: Ray Parlour urges Mikel Arteta to sell Arsenal star to fund transfers Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 29 Aug 2020 8:48 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link781Shares Paul Merson wants Arsenal to sign Gabriel Magalhaes this summer (Picture: Getty / Sky Sports)Paul Merson says it will be a ‘big statement’ from Arsenal if they complete a deal for Gabriel Magalhaes.The Gunners look set to sign the Brazilian defender after he reportedly agreed a five-year contract with the club.A number of teams from across Europe have expressed interest in signing Gabriel and Arsenal hero Merson says it will be ‘huge’ if his former club win the race to secure his signature.The Gunners finished only eighth in the Premier League last season but at least finished the campaign with some silverware after beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final.ADVERTISEMENT‘If Arsenal sign Gabriel Magalhaes I think it’s a big statement because of all the other clubs that were after him,’ Merson told Starsport.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘If Arsenal have managed to get him in without having Champions League football to offer, I think that’s huge.‘I like what Mikel Arteta is doing. But there are plenty of teams around them getting better as well. Paul Merson urges Arsenal to make ‘big statement’ by completing Gabriel Magalhaes transfer Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgThe home at 25 Chadford St, MacGregor.A two-storey family home has sold under the hammer in MacGregor for a seven-figure sum.Marketing agent Jason White, of Harcourts Coorparoo, said the property at 25 Chadford St sold for $1.011 million at auction.The six-bedroom home attracted eight registered bidders and an opening bid of $800,000.“It was all over in about 15 minutes or so,” Mr White said.“Everyone was pretty keen, and it came down to two bidders at the end.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Mr White said the property had been a family home and was snapped up by a local buyer who intended to keep it as a family home as well. Inside the home at 25 Chadford St, MacGregor.Sitting in 584sq m of land with in-ground swimming pool, the big brick house included open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining, sun room and rumpus room.There are four bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, and two bedrooms, laundry, bathroom and storage downstairs.Mr White said the MacGregor market was “very strong”.“We are seeing more owner-occupiers now,” he said.“They’re going more for land size than actual house size but they are chasing that family living.”last_img read more

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