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Long Island Press Wins 16 New York Press Association Awards

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Morey Publishing‘s Long Island Press brought home 16 awards at the New York Press Association (NYPA)’s 2014 Better Newspaper Contest held at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs March 27 and 28.The annual awards competition, spring convention and trade show recognizes journalistic excellence across newspapers and media outlets throughout New York State. It has been held each year since 1930. The Press has swept NYPA twice in the past four years, dominating its 2010 and 2012 contests, earning top prizes in nearly every category and bringing home the competition’s highest honor, the prestigious Stuart C. Dorman Award for editorial excellence. It ranked Second Overall in last year’s contest.The 2014 contest included 3,081 entries submitted by 177 newspapers vying for accolades across 64 categories, including editorial, design, photography and advertising, in addition to Newspaper of the Year, the Dorman award, John J. Evans Award for advertising excellence and Sharon R. Fulmer Award for Community Leadership. Entries were judged by members of the Iowa Press Association.Despite publishing only three print issues last year, the Press came in Third Overall for Single-Flag Newspapers, earning top honors across more than a dozen categories. These included: coverage of the arts, local government, in-depth reporting, news, feature story, news or feature series, sports feature, best front page, home page, user experience, use of social media, online advertising/marketing campaign, special sections/niche publications, special section – advertising and advertising campaign.Press Senior Editor Spencer Rumsey, Staff Writer Jaime Franchi and Editor in Chief Christopher Twarowski brought home First Place in the Coverage of the Arts category for a multi-story entry that included: Rumsey’s colorful portraits of local arts institutions and exhibits—“Rhythm & Roots: Nassau’s African American Museum Brings History to Life,” “‘Women Of The World’ Unite To Capture ‘Feminine Mystique’ In Varying Shades Of Color And Form” and “Flower Power Blooms At Nassau Museum’s ‘Garden Party’ Show;” Franchi’s vibrant and informative “Standardized: New Documentary Takes Testing Battle To Big Screen,” chronicling the anti-Common Core movement’s transition to cinema as a medium of revolt against the controversial education reform; and she and Twarowski’s kaleidoscopic “LI’s Guitar God Joe Satriani Talks Strange Beautiful Music,” a personal, revealing glimpse inside the local six-string extraterrestrial’s artistry and life. “There’s some great variety here,” gushed judges, “but whether they’re about a musician, a gallery showing or a documentary, the stories have a lot in common—clever language (‘unrivaled fretboard wizardry’), colorful descriptions and imagery, great quotes. “I particularly enjoyed the scene painted at the beginning of ‘Standardized,’” one continued, “and that story’s description at the end of bright green shoelaces changing hands and BATs [Badass Teachers Association] taking off into the night. These entries have clever ledes, interesting photos and a good mixture of information and fun.”Twarowski and Multimedia Reporter Rashed Mian took First Place honors in the Best News or Feature Series category for their four-part investigative probe into the ongoing plight of Ronald Bower, a Queens father of two who spent more than 23 years in prison for heinous sex crimes an ever-growing number of law enforcement officials believe he did not commit.The series—“Ronald Bower Granted Parole After 23 Years; ‘Highly Unlikely’ Committed Sex Crimes, Says AG’s Office,” “Schellhammer Abruptly Out As Attorney General’s Conviction Review Bureau Chief,” “Exclusive: Ronald Bower, Released On Parole After 23 Years, Maintains His Innocence” and “Exclusive: Our Long Ride Home With Ronald Bower, A Convicted Sex Offender Who Many Believe Is Innocent”—also included a nearly eight-minute video titled “Ronald Bower Reunites With Family After 23 Years In Prison,” documenting Bower’s release from Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate Dannemora, just south of the Canadian border. “Amazingly in-depth investigative work into a fascinating case—I cannot imagine the time you put into these pieces,” remarked judges. “I congratulate the reporters for the trust you built and the way the story was told from the family’s point of view. Congratulations on your work. I have been judging state newspaper contests for two decades and this is right up there among the best entries I have seen.”The collection of articles also earned Second Place in the In-Depth Reporting category. Press Managing Editor Timothy Bolger clinched Third Place honors in the In-Depth Reporting category for his scathing, no-holds-barred investigative analysis of Long Island’s ongoing heroin epidemic and the failure of local elected officials and municipalities to adequately address it, titled “How Long Island Is Losing Its War On Heroin.” Bolger was part of the Press team that first exposed the insidious drug’s lethal grip on local youth in 2008, in a series titled “Long Highland,” which earned the inaugural presentation of the Sharon R. Fulmer Award for Community Leadership that year for those efforts.“A very long article but easy to read,” commented judges. “I appreciated that the article was not just a collection of facts and figures and quotes from officials but incorporated how individuals are affected by heroin. I also appreciated that the writer tied the end of the article to the beginning by bringing in Mr. Ciappa.”Franchi won Second Place honors in the Sports Feature and Feature Story categories for her intimate portrait of legendary New York Islanders left wing Clark Gillies that highlighted his charitable efforts, and her heartfelt, masterfully crafted narrative about formerly homeless women veterans selflessly working to help other vets returning from war—“Clark Gillies: Power Player For L.I. Children” and “Women Vets Serving The Under-Served,” respectively.“A moving feature that ties a human element into a specific, important issue,” praised judges about the latter, published in the Press’ sister publication Milieu Magazine. “Overall, this is a great example of feature work.”LongIslandPress.com, programmed and designed by Director of New Media Michael Conforti, took home First Place in the Best User Experience category, with judges remarking: “Of all the entries, this one effectively engages viewers providing an enjoyable experience and effortless navigation just as the contest rules state. I like the dropdowns with the photos with one line summary and placement of a few ads which don’t distract from the navigation of the site. Great job and looks easy to keep updated. Length of the homepage is just right, not too short and not extremely long as many of the entries.”LongIslandPress.com also nabbed Second Place for Best Home Page, with judges stating: “The design and typography on this home page are clean and sharp looking… The fact that the drop down menus show photos and story is great. The page is easy to scan for topics of interest.”Bolger, Rumsey, Twarowski and Press Contributor Shelly Feuer Domash earned an Honorable Mention nod in the News Story category for their investigative exclusive “Bigger Mess: Costly New Twist In Ongoing Nassau Police Crime Lab Scandal,” which exposed that despite assurances to the contrary by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and then-Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice, county taxpayers were secretly being charged more than $2.4 million for unprecedented mismanagement and shameful and/or voluntary negligence at its now-shuttered police crime laboratory. “Out of more than 55 entries, an honorable mention is nothing to scoff at,” wrote judges. “A very solid story bolstered by tons of research on an issue that appeared to have a major impact on taxpayers.”The quartet also earned an Honorable Mention in the Coverage of Local Government category for their collaborative multi-story package that included “Bigger Mess,” Rumsey’s “East Northport Senior Housing Proposal Sparks Heated Debate” and “NIFA OKs Mangano’s 3.4% Nassau Tax Hike,” and Bolger’s comprehensive “Red Light Camera Lobbying for School Bus Stop-Arm Cams.”“This is the kind of in-depth coverage across mediums that we need to see more of,” declared judges. “The coverage was a winner.”The Press staff won Second Place in the Best Use of Social Media category, with judges praising: “This entry does what we all want, engage the community as well as giving comprehensive, in-depth and up-to-date information that affects their lives.”Art Director Jon Sasala and the Morey Publishing design team earned First Place in the Best Advertising Campaign category for their imaginative and visually arresting representation of a local podiatry center. “Great job on this advertising campaign,” commended judges. “The different pictures of feet used in this campaign drew the reader’s eye to the ads, as if the ad jumped off the page. Great job of using a campaign to further bring business to this customer. The ads showed simplicity in advertising, which most often captures the audience’s attention. “Good campaign!” they reiterated.Press staff won First Place in the Special Sections/Niche Publications category for its annual Power List publication highlighting Long Island’s 50 most influential residents. Staffers also took Second Place in the Best Special Section – Advertising category for the annual Bethpage “Best of L.I.” awards competition and publication, with judges declaring the ads “original and eye-catching,” the listings “excellent” and the categories “creative.”LongIslandPress.com’s “Press Patrons Program” earned Second Place honors in the Best Online Advertising / Marketing Campaign category, with judges exclaiming: “Wow! Beautiful landing pages. The links to the landing pages are given prominence on the front page and look very attractive. Not a lot of ‘call to action’ since it isn’t a standard advertising campaign. Cohesive approach to the ‘patrons’ pages.”The Press also won Second Place in the Best Front Page category for the newspaper’s powerful, eye-catching covers. “Great images,” remarked judges. “Clean, crisp appearance. Strong typography and color choices.”#NYPA15 #table2 #saratogabureau #yaddo #skintags #skintagfloaters #vandeusler #goatsandcows #spencerdranktheeggwater #winston #kona #ohio #yakbutter #coffeewithbutter #bulletproof #snowyinspirationalspeeches #bolgerfellasleeponthewindowanditscoldinhereandweneedtorollitup #tears #jaimesacardshark #thatjunkyarddogwantstoeatrashed #onlydrinkketelone #scabby #godblessthebeatles #trinidadscorpion #bonestew #writingthewrongs #donmcleandrankhere #wheresthepillows #afghanifood #epictimes #epochtimes #high5heardcrossthestate #tomothy #heavensgate #taximadness #sethistrippin #tomwaits #t24eva #christmascardfromahookerinminneapolis #alliwantforbreakfastaresomechickenandwafflesathatties #blade #neildiamond #44grand #bolgergotblockedoutofsingingjohnnycash #maine #grumpysmurf #dallasgreen #theswamp #messwiththelongislandpressandillpunchyouinthechest #blackbird #bestteamever #flatscreens #blackvespa #weneedtohelppoorscotty #richhotalingistheshiattlast_img read more

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CAF confirms receipt of three bids for 2019/2020 inter-club finals

first_imgRelatedPosts CAF ready to support Egypt with missing AFCON trophy CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 CAF 2021: Plateau United recruit six new players The Confederation of African Football has confirmed the receipt of bids from three member Associations during the February 11 to 20 timeline to host the 2019/20 inter-club finals. A statement on the website of the continental football governing body on Friday said Cameroon, Morocco and Tunisia bidded to host the CAF Champions League 2019/2020. Morocco alone bidded to host the CAF Confederation Cup 2019/2020. It added that the bids would be reviewed and evaluated by CAF First Vice-President, Omari Selemani. The statement said: “Guided by the Technical Specifications the ad hoc committee chaired by CAF First Vice-President Selemani, CAF will review and evaluate the received bids taking into consideration key facilities such as infrastructure, accommodation, medical amongst others. “A final decision is expected to be made by the CAF Emergency Committee on March 12.” The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the CAF Executive Committee at its meeting in June 2019 decided on a single match as against the two-legged encounter obtainable before.Tags: cafCAF Champions LeagueMoroccoOmari Selemanilast_img read more

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Under Mike Bosch, Syracuse swipes bases at high rate

first_img Published on March 29, 2017 at 11:15 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ When Syracuse steals bases, it almost never loses.Midway through the season, the Orange has stolen 31 bases, good for fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference. SU is 12-2 in games it steals a base and 6-0 when it steals more than one base. Syracuse is on pace to finish with 62 swipes this year, which would place fourth in the program’s 17-year history and be the most since 2011.As Syracuse’s (17-10, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) aggressiveness on the base paths has increased since 2015, so has its wins. In 2015, when Syracuse finished with a 20-26 record, SU had more losses than stolen bases. That year, the team had its lowest total since 2006. In 2016, head coach Mike Bosch’s first year, the team improved its record to 27-26, but managed to steal only 37 bases.SU’s steals total declined each season from 2013 to 2015. Since Bosch took over in 2016, steal rates jumped, thanks to an emphasis on the craft in practices.“We focus a lot more (now) on our base running than we ever did before coach Bosch was here,” said Alyssa Dewes, a senior outfielder who played under Bosch and former head coach Leigh Ross. “We would never focus on the specifics like your turns or getting a good start out of the box or finishing all the way through.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUnder Bosch, players increase agility with ladder sprints, hurdles and sprints and lateral movements with resistance bands. The drills not only increase sprint speed, but give players better jumps. Base stealing is decided by the jump, junior shortstop Sammy Fernandez said, and foot speed is crucial to the first step. The team also has worked on building muscle, performing squats. Building muscle increases leg strength, speed and power.Players calculate their times each week. After Bosch took over, to stress base running, he timed players at the end of base running drills. The times include running home to first base, second base to home plate and home to home. Good times are three seconds, six seconds and 12 seconds, respectively, assistant coach Kristyn Sandberg said.Each Tuesday practice starts with different drills, running specific legs of the diamond. Each set ends with Bosch timing each player. One of the biggest legs is the home-to-home, in which the players compete for the best time. Dewes, an outfielder, runs the fastest, consistently finishing around 10.8 seconds around the bases.“I would say about 90 percent of our team is under 12,” sophomore second baseman Alicia Hansen said. “And the people who are over 12 are people who don’t need to go home to home.”Rachel Burkhardt has gotten notably faster this season, Sandberg said. Only a few weeks ago, at the beginning of the season, Burkhardt finished just over the “good” intervals in each set. But over the past few weeks, she has dipped under three seconds from home to first base, reached 5.8 seconds from second-to-home and dropped under 12 running the full bases.“We have a good seven or eight of us that are always competing to cross the finish line,” Fernandez said. “And when we do base running, especially home to home, we’re always within a tenth of a second with each other. We just are always competing with our speed.”The stopwatch tells players whether they are on the right track and what they can improve Bosch said — whether it’s turns, jumps or straightaway speed.“Bosch loves the stopwatch,” Fernandez said.Developing the mental nuances to reading game situations also helps boost SU’s stolen bases numbers. One drill, called independent base running, starts with the bases loaded. A ball is put in play, with any number of outs, and each runner reacts like she is the only runner on base. At the end of the situation, three runners could be on third base, for example. One player could make it into a triple while another player may advance two bases and another only one. The independent base running forces critical attentiveness on the base paths, Sandberg said.“Speed is just so important to the game,” Bosch said. “You’ve got to score however you can.” Commentslast_img read more

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Drifter charged in stabbing death of champ golfer in Iowa

first_imgIn this Sept. 7, 2017, photo provided by Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena poses for a photo. The former ISU golfer was found dead Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at a golf course in Ames. Collin Daniel Richards, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in her death. (Luke Lu/Iowa State University via AP) Collin Daniel Richards, 22, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Celia Barquin Arozamena, a student at Iowa State University.Barquin was found Monday morning in a pond at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Des Moines. Police were called to the golf course around 10:20 a.m. to investigate a possible missing female after golfers found a golf bag with no one around it.Officers found Barquin’s body some distance from the bag, with several stab wounds to her upper torso, head and neck, according to the criminal complaint filed Tuesday against Richards.A police dog tracked Barquin’s scent to a temporary camp along a creek near the golf course, where Richards had been living in a tent, the complaint said. Officers found Richards with several fresh scratches on his face consistent with fighting, and a deep laceration in his left hand that he tried to conceal, it said.An acquaintance of Richards told investigators that the suspect had said in recent days that he had “an urge to rape and kill a woman” while they were walking on a trail near the course, the complaint said. A second acquaintance told police that Richards arrived at his home on Monday appearing “disheveled and covered in blood, sand and water.” He bathed and left with his clothes in a backpack.Investigators later recovered two pairs of shorts with blood stains and a knife that Richards allegedly gave to two other people after the slaying, the complaint said. Those two individuals were driving Richards out of town after the slaying, but he asked them to drop him off near the camp so he could get his tent and that’s when officers arrested him, it said.Barquin was the 2018 Big 12 champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year. The university said the native of Puente San Miguel, Spain, was finishing her civil engineering degree this semester after exhausting her eligibility at Iowa State in 2017-2018.She was one of the most accomplished players in Cyclone golf history, the university said. In April, she became the second women’s golfer at Iowa State to earn medalist honors at a conference tournament when claiming the 2018 Big 12 Championship. She did it with a three-shot victory.Barquin, who was ranked No. 69 nationally by Golfweek, ended her career as a Cyclone with a fourth-straight NCAA Regional appearance and earned All-Big 12 Team honors for the third time — the second player in Iowa State’s history to do so.She became the third Cyclone women’s golfer to compete in the U.S. Women’s Open Championship, the university said. The team announced Tuesday it was pulling out of the East & West Match Play in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to be with friends and family and to grieve their loss.Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen said in a statement on Twitter that she was “deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death” of Barquin, describing her as a “dedicated civil engineering student” and an “acclaimed golfer with a bright future.”Head women’s golf coach Christie Martens said in a release that Barquin was “loved by all her teammates and friends” and was an “outstanding representative of our school.”“We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life,” Martens said.___Foley reported from Iowa City, Iowa.___Click here for the most recent updates: https://bit.ly/2NmE3wv AMES, Iowa (AP) — A homeless man attacked and killed a top amateur golfer from Spain who was playing a round near her university campus in central Iowa, leaving her body in a pond on the course, police said Tuesday.last_img read more

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PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $80,136 INTO THURSDAY AT SANTA ANITA & THE TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD EXCEED $500,000; FIRST POST TIME FOR AN EIGHT-RACE PROGRAM IS AT 1 P.M.

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2016)–There is a Pick Six carryover of $80,136 into Thursday at Santa Anita and it’s expected Thursday’s total Pick Six pool will exceed $500,000.With the Pick Six beginning with race three, first post time for an eight-race card on Thursday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img

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Ayesha and Stephen Curry proclaim their ‘forever’ love to celebrate 8th anniversary

first_imgAfter three children and a high-pressure, high-profile life together as one of America’s premiere sports couples, Ayesha and Stephen Curry let the world know that their marriage is still going strong on their eighth anniversary.The Alamo couple took to Instagram to share posts with their combined 33 million followers, proclaiming their love for each other and expressing how happy each makes the other.“My baby, my love, my life. What can I say,” Ayesha Curry, 30, wrote alongside a selfie of …last_img

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Projected Revenue Insurance Prices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest OMAHA (DTN) — The month of February is important for growers in the key Corn Belt states who purchase revenue-based crop insurance policies. It’s when the projected prices for those policies are set.During February, DTN will post a running tally of the December corn, November soybean and September Minneapolis wheat futures averages in Ag News.The average as of 02/21/19: $4.00 per bushel for corn, $9.55 per bushel for soybeans and $5.78 for HRS wheat.2019Dec CornNov BeansSep HRS1-Feb$4.0225$9.5725$5.91754-Feb$4.0250$9.5800$5.90755-Feb$4.0350$9.6050$5.90006-Feb$4.0300$9.6300$5.87757-Feb$4.0025$9.5575$5.81008-Feb$3.9925$9.5700$5.802511-Feb$3.9775$9.4900$5.800012-Feb$4.0200$9.6000$5.810013-Feb$4.0250$9.5875$5.840014-Feb$3.9925$9.4800$5.770015-Feb$3.9925$9.5200$5.757519-Feb$3.9675$9.4575$5.682520-Feb$3.9850$9.4850$5.607521-Feb$4.0175$9.5425$5.682522-Feb$4.0175$9.5450$5.740025-Feb$3.9850$9.5550$5.640026-Feb$3.9625$9.4875$5.665027-Feb28-FebAVG$4.00$9.55$5.782018$3.96$10.16$6.31You can also check out a running tally of RMA’s harvest prices and prices recently in discovery here: http://prodwebnlb.rma.usda.gov/…Revenue policies with harvest-price protection cover losses caused by a difference in the harvest price (determined in October) from the projected price (determined in February). They also cover revenue losses in the event prices tumble between planting and harvest, as they did for corn in 2008.For producers in 31 states, the closing price of the December corn contract during each trading day of February is averaged to determine a revenue-insurance-projected price guarantee. The November contract closes are averaged during February for projected price for soybean revenue-based insurance contracts. The September Minneapolis spring wheat closes are averaged for wheat revenue insurance. States with earlier planting have their spring guarantees set at a different time.“The amount of insurance protection is based on the greater of the projected price or the harvest price,” according to the Risk Management Agency’s website. “If the harvested plus any appraised production multiplied by the harvest price is less than the amount of insurance protection, the producer is paid an indemnity based on the difference.”Revenue protection policies with harvest price exclusion insure based on the projected price only. “The amount of insurance protection is not increased if the harvest price is greater than the projected price,” RMA states.Send comments to [email protected](AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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E-Book Checkouts From Libraries Up 200% Last Year

first_imgAs our reading habits become increasingly digital, many book-lovers are wondering how this will impact libraries’ ability to lend materials, particularly since many of the popular e-readers and e-booksellers have rather restrictive loan policies. And some publishers too have expressed their own concerns about e-book sharing, with one going so far as stating that if libraries start lending e-books, it could serve to “undo the entire market for e-book sales.” These questions and concerns over e-book lending are bringing attention to libraries’ services, a good thing I’d argue, as the role of libraries expands from “repository of printed books” to include other technological services (most importantly, perhaps, community access to Internet). So here’s some good news today for libraries, right on the heels of good news for publishers from holiday sales: digital distributor OverDrive reports today that e-book checkouts at libraries were up 200% in 2010 from the year before. Audiobook loans were also up, by 52%. Proof, perhaps, that you can lend e-books and not “undo the entire market for e-book sales.”The statistics come from the over 13,000 libraries, schools and retailers that use OverDrive’s digital distribution services. And according to these figures, more than one million new users signed on to access e-books and audiobooks via “virtual library branches”. Over 718 million titles were viewed in the company’s Web-based catalog and over 15 million digital titles were checked out.The most popular fiction title: Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The most popular nonfiction title: Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. These were the most popular titles for audiobook downloads as well.OverDrive says that it makes over 400,000 copyrighted e-books, audiobooks, music, and video titles available to libraries, which patrons are able to download to their phone, PC, or e-readers. OverDrive is one of several options that libraries can pursue in order to make digital content available to their patrons. In November, we reviewed the Bluefire Reader app that uses Adobe Digital Editions in order to facilitate library checkout of e-books. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#E-Books#web center_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Solar Installer Will Train Its Own Electricians

first_imgA New England solar installer with operations in three states faced a challenging shortage of licensed electricians in the region’s labor pool. So the solar contractor is opening its own training centers for electricians. ReVision Energy, with 225 employees and more than 7,000 solar installations to its credit, is now training 34 students in Maine and another 20 in Massachusetts, Mainebiz reported. The company has opened the Revision Energy Technical Center in Brentwood, New Hampshire, and will operate similar centers at its other New England locations. ReVision, a certified B Corporation, became employee-owned last year. It currently has offices in Portland and Liberty, Maine; Concord and Brentwood, New Hampshire; and North Andover, Massachusetts.RELATED ARTICLESTackling the Skilled Labor ShortageFine Homebuilding Will Award ScholarshipsConstruction Training Gets a Boost from Home DepotYoung Adults and the Construction Trades “What we’re trying to do is take control over the fact that licensed electricians are one of the biggest challenges in the renewable energy sector today,” ReVision co-founder Phil Coupe told Mainebiz. Nathan Poland, the company’s electrical coordinator (and the person who developed the training program), said the shortage of licensed electricians has become “critical.” No amount of advertising could attract the number of electricians the company needs, because they simply aren’t there. In the past, Poland said, helpers could become licensed through more traditional avenues, such as course work at a community college. But that might have required going to school at night, or taking time off from work to attend classes, and schools weren’t necessarily within easy commuting distance. Students enrolled in the ReVision Energy program are taught by licensed electricians who already work for the company. They get a mix of classroom and practical training on the way toward certification and are paid as apprentices while they are being trained. During times of the year when work slows, ReVision goes to a four-day work week, freeing Friday for hands-on instruction. Students can fulfill other course requirements on weekends or online. Ultimately, Revision plans to hire as many as 15 licensed electricians to beef up its staff, between two and five for each of its locations. A shortage of skilled workers is a national problem A lack of skilled labor is a problem affecting the construction industry in general, not just solar installers. A survey by the National Association of Home Builders earlier this year found that many specialties are in short supply. Shortages were listed for virtually every type of sub who works on a house — finish carpenters, concrete workers, painters, roofers, HVAC installers, and plumbers. A total of 83% of builders responding to the survey, for example, said there is “some shortage” or a “serious shortage” of rough carpenters. Electricians ranked near the middle of the pack — not in as critically short supply as, say, framing crews, but scarcer than flooring installers, HVAC workers, or excavators. Seventeen percent of the builders said there is a serious shortage of electricians; another 43% said there was some shortage. The consequence of a lack of skilled workers, NAHB said, are higher bids from subcontractors and higher wages paid to employees, higher home prices, and trouble completing projects on time. The shortfall is typically attributed to a mass exodus from the trades following the recession that began in 2008 and a lack of interest among many high school graduates to pursue that kind of career. Vocational training has been eliminated at some high schools. But, as The Washington Post points out, skilled tradesmen often earn above average wages. The median wage for electricians is $52,720, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; the highest paid 10% of workers in that field earn more than $90,420. Skilled labor shortages were the impetus for the launch of Fine Homebuilding‘s #KeepCraftAlive program.last_img read more

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What I Would Tell My Younger Self

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now My Teenage SelfYou know you really are an asshole sometimes. Your Mom is raising four kids by herself and you can really be a selfish, little bastard. Start helping her, damn it.Remember to thank the good people at the restaurant later on in life. They gave you a job and fed you. Working fulltime at the age of thirteen is going to do more to help you succeed than almost anything else. Yes, even just washing dishes is going to form your character.Identify and get close to people with a way bigger vision of themselves than anything you are comfortable with. Your vision is way too small. Stunted, really.Later on, you are going to love a really nice suit and a really great tie. No. Really. Stop laughing.Don’t listen to people who tell you street smarts trump book smarts. Don’t listen to people who tell you book smarts trump street smarts. These things aren’t mutually exclusive, and combined they are more powerful than either alone. Go to school.My Early 20’s SelfGet out of bed before the sun comes up and get busy. The fastest way to win is to hustle. Don’t hang out at night partying with your friends. Do the work that matters instead.Talent by itself isn’t enough. Confidence and marketing provide a surer, straighter path to success. Double down on the marketing and promotion.Did you ever do anything about that whole “school” thing we talked about?You are a leader when you decide to be, not when someone gives you permission. Just start leading.Uh, dude, you might want to get those headaches checked out at some point. It could be something serious. Just sayin.My Late 20’s SelfLife isn’t a race. Take your time. You can accomplish a lot AND enjoy the experience at the same time. You don’t get go back over this ground again.Write down everything, every story. You are going to wish you could recall all the places, the faces, the names, and the lessons later on.Damn, boy! That wife is yours is something special! Don’t botch it up!My 30’s SelfLook, people have been having babies for a three and half million years. You aren’t going to screw it up worse than anyone else has . . . I hope.Twins. Really? Well now isn’t that going to be interesting?Your work and your job aren’t the same thing. Don’t confuse them. Spend more time doing your work than doing your job. You don’t know what I am saying? Well, think about it until you figure it out.Don’t be so damn judgmental. Everybody is dealing with their own pain, their own fears, and their own life. Who made you their judge?You can’t pay people to not have to lead them or manage them. It doesn’t work that way.My Early 40’s SelfGet started. Don’t wait for permission. Share what you know with people who need it.More margin! More margin!You only have these little people in your house for a few more years. Love them and prepare them to be healthy, happy grown ups. Make your mark, man!Your TurnWhat would you tell your younger self?last_img read more

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