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Totally 80s

first_imgMany people thrifted, found, and gathered the perfect 80s outfit for a totally tubular throwback weekend on the slopes. Outfits usually included such accessories as neon jackets, leggings and leg warmers, Grateful Dead goggle straps, and wooden skis with bamboo poles. Beech Mountain Resort held their fourth annual Totally 80s Retro Ski Weekend last month on February 20-22. Many people traveled far and wide to partake in a time warp experience like no other. With more than eight fresh inches of snow the week prior and Madonna look-alikes skiing besides you, what more could a shredder want from a weekend on the slopes?Beech Retro WeekendThe resort planned many activities for skiers and snowboarders to partake in over the course of the weekend including live music, contests, and discount prices. The scheduled events started on Friday with Carolina Ghostbusters playing at Fast Eddies. Another retro 80s band, Buick MacKane, played at the Mile High Tavern with a Madonna look-alike contest to close out the night. Events continued with a full day of activities starting on Saturday afternoon with several iconic 80s cars located in the ski village. The Breakfast Club band played at Beech Tree where a totally retro 80s apparel contest took place — the winner would receive $500. The band played from 7:30pm-2am, making this is the largest weekend event that Beech Mountain holds all season. Additionally, to make matters more festive, the resort had specials on lodging, rentals, and food around town which all ended in $0.80.DID YOU KNOW: Beech Mountain Resort is the highest ski area in Eastern America with the peak elevation reaching 5,506 feet. At the peak of the mountain there is a one of a kind amenity that gets its name from the elevation of the resort — 5506’ Skybar. It’s only accessible by taking the longest lift the resort has, and the sky bar offers food, drinks, snacks, and a deck for hanging loose. In the winter it offers a place to defrost and in the summer months it offers a place of relaxation for mountain bikers. The resort has seven total lifts and 16 total trails. They also offer a terrain park for the more gnarly shredders and ice-skating for those that wish to stay off the slopes. A village of several different shops surrounds the ice rink, including the resort’s namesake, Beech Mountain Brewing Co. For a full list of upcoming events hosted by the resort or to plan a last minute trip, visit their website here.last_img read more

Big data gains ground through regional hubs

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The National Science Foundation (NSF) has established a new “Big Data brain trust” here in the Midwest. The Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub will bring together industry, government and academia to accelerate and harness the emerging field of data analytics.Iowa State University, my alma mater, as well as that of our CEO Shazia Manus and several other TMG leaders, will play a leading role in the new Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub. ISU is one of five universities that will lead the Midwest hub. In addition to the Midwest one, NSF has set up three other hubs across the nation.“The Big Data Hubs program represents a unique approach to improving the impact of data science by establishing partnerships among like-minded stakeholders,” Jim Kurose, NSF’s assistant director  for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, said in a press release.Big Data hubs like this are important to the Big Data revolution for a number of reasons:Collaboration opens doors — Data in silos has limited benefits; these alliances are key to creating new opportunities within the world of data analytics.Less wasted data — A framework for data sharing/collaboration is critical, as most data is no longer relevant before the data owner has an opportunity to analyze it and take action.Time is of the essence — Many organizations don’t know how to act on the data they have. As we’ve seen with our financial institution partners, it can be incredibly beneficial to work with other companies that can help an organization extract value from their data in a timely manner. continue reading »last_img read more

Candage to represent MDI at Lobster Bowl

first_imgBIDDEFORD — Mount Desert Island High School senior Teagan Candage has been selected to represent MDI High School in the 25th Annual Shrine Lobster Bowl. Each Maine high school with a football team sends one representative to this All Star East vs. West Football Game. In his senior football season, Candage rushed over 1,000 yards and was a semifinalist for the Fitzpatrick trophy.This year’s Lobster Bowl game is set for Saturday, July 19, at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford. Each player raises funds to cover the week-long overnight training camp at Hebron Academy. Any additional monies raised go to support the Shriners Hospitals, which are a leader in the treatment for juvenile burn victims, orthopedic disabilities and injuries, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate disorders.Candage has already collected enough to cover the camp expenses, but he and his family are continuing to raise funds to support the hospitals and to give MDI and Hancock County more visibility at the game. They’d like to collect sponsorships in the first week of June. For more information on sponsorships or tickets to the game, please contact the Candage family, 288-0019.Find in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print. Latest Posts Keene appeals his 2019 murder conviction – July 30, 2020 Bio Latest posts by Liz Graves (see all) Luchini named to Maine Running Hall of Fame – August 12, 2020 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Liz GravesReporter at Mount Desert IslanderFormer Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor. MDI Hospital to begin contact tracing – August 5, 2020last_img read more

Henson: Bielema finding players who fit program identity

first_imgStephanie Moebius/The Badger HeraldA few months ago, UW head football coach Bret Bielema sat in front of reporters and partook in a typical post-game procedure.The Badgers had just beaten Arizona State, and Bielema answered questions about his team’s character and mental toughness after beating the Sun Devils by a single point.But Bielema said something unrelated to the action on the field that day that stood out.He spoke about a recent visit he made to ESPN.com and how every headline on the right side of the college football webpage involved a negative story. Disciplinary issues, recruiting violations and improper benefits – the stuff college football fans hear about daily.He was proud to say his players had no such negativity surrounding them. No off-field problems, no academic concerns. It meant something to him and it still does. It’s part of his team’s identity.It’s also a part of his recruiting philosophy.Now as we all know, after that victory, the Badgers went on to have the special season we recently watched come to an end. The 2010 Co-Big Ten champions affirmed the “Wisconsin Football” identity, an identity Bielema has worked hard to craft in his time at the helm.That identity has a lot of layers. It stands for a strong running game. It stands for monstrous offensive linemen and a hard-hitting defense. He hopes it continues to stand for winning.But it goes beyond all that. Bielema’s image of Wisconsin football starts with each individual player on his roster. From the captains to the scout team, every person in that locker room needs to fit a certain description and hold themselves to a certain standard. They must be tough as nails, they must crave physicality, they have to love coming to practice. No egos. No one man bigger than the team. They must grasp the fact that they represent their University off the field and that disciplinary or academic issues will not be tolerated.It’s easy to sit back and assume head coaches everywhere preach these values, but few actually enact them. Few actually seek those traits out in high school seniors. To win, these standards are often compromised. Plenty of four and five star players don’t possess all those characteristics. UW hasn’t been perfect under Bielema’s leadership but the program’s identity has been further cemented with each passing year. In the past, Bielema has had to dismiss several players from his program for off-field issues. Others have left on their own, realizing this program just isn’t for them.But coaches have to stay committed to their approach, and Bielema has done that – even when the penalties are harsh.“In the class that just left us we had 12 that had success and 12 that didn’t,” Bielema said. “We are really trying to eliminate those kind of guys.”If you don’t fit Bielema’s mold at UW you won’t last in his program. Better yet, you won’t even be recruited. “I’ve had coaches in very prominent schools that have outstanding talents that are being recruited by literally every other school in the country and they say ‘Coach, he could play for you talent-wise but he’s not a fit for you’,” assistant coach Charlie Partridge said. “They know what we are looking for.” Tight ends coach Joe Rudolph echoed those sentiments and offered a similar story from a different end of the spectrum.“I’ve gone into schools where the coach will go ‘Hey I’ve got a Wisconsin guy for ya’,” Rudolph said. “Its funny that you hear that description but it’s good.”Talent alone is not what the UW staff wants, but each year the recruiting classes seem to get better. More players with more offers from top-tier schools around the country are selecting UW.Why? Because the staff has a narrow focus. There are other schools who are interested in the types of kids Wisconsin has been targeting but the Badgers make it a point to go after a select group that fits best. The past couple of classes have shown that strategy is working.“Coach has really embraced what Wisconsin is all about and so have we as assistants,” Partridge said. “We target our kind of kids earlier and that is leading to better classes. We are not bouncing back and forth; we don’t have a lot of de-commitments. We don’t have to go to plan C. We are more targeted and more on-point for what we want.”One of those negative stories currently circulating around the Internet involves over-signing, where coaches take more commitments than they have scholarships for. It’s a common practice that often times leaves kids in the dust when the numbers eventually don’t end up working out.But you won’t see an article pop up regarding Bielema’s decision to over-sign anytime soon.“The topic of over-signing is a big deal and in my first couple years we always used to over-sign by three but now we are not over-signed at all for a reason,” Bielema said. “We just don’t lose as many kids as we used to. We are more spot-on with what we are looking for. It’s a credit to our staff that we always say we are looking for a Wisconsin-type kid no matter where we are.”Recruiting is an in-exact science. It’s done differently at every school, approached from a unique perspective by every assistant coach.At UW, Bielema has developed a vision that works and everyone in his program has bought in. The fence around the state of the Wisconsin is firm, and the coaches are finding out-of-state talent who share those beloved in-state characteristics.When any of the UW assistants walk through the halls of a high school, that “motion W” logo on their shirt means something and the football world knows it.“People have a good picture of what Wisconsin stands for. We want to express the values that make up our program,” Rudolph said. “Coaches and prospects are excited that that vision can still bring a lot of success.“You want to be in a place that stands for those values and you also want to win.”With the way the Wisconsin football identity has taken shape that shouldn’t be a problem.Max is a senior majoring in journalism. Are you pleased with the Badgers’ recruiting strategy? Still want more 5-stars? Let him know at [email protected]last_img read more

BiH Women’s Soccer Team Won Selection of Faeroe Islands With 2: 0

first_imgThe women’s soccer senior team of Bosnia and Herzegovina won yesterday the selection of the Faroe Islands with result of 2:0 . The match took place in Zenica.Milena Nikolic in 47th minute and Alisa Spahić in 66th minute scored goals.The national women soccer team is on the fourth position in qualifying Group 4 for the next World Cup to be played next year in Canada.BiH team is left on to play two more meetings: in Sweden on 13th September and four days later as a guest with a representation of Poland. (Source: Fena/ photo magazinplus)last_img