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TAMPA, Fla. — Jason Licht is enjoying the perks that come with being the general manager of a reigning Super Bowl champion. That includes the challenge of getting a late start on preparing for the NFL draft and not having a selection until the tail end of the first round as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to get acclimated to what life’s like with Tom Brady. “It’s a good problem to have,” said Licht, who already has had a successful off-season by making good on a bold promise to do whatever necessary in free agency to keep an all-star roster assembled around Brady. With all 22 starters from the Super Bowl returning, the Bucs find themselves in unfamiliar territory for a club that missed the playoffs 12 consecutive seasons before Brady’s arrival set a new course in March 2020. For the first time in franchise history, Tampa Bay truly enters a draft without a need for immediate help at any position. “It is really a feeling this year that literally just about any player at any position we could take,” Licht said before cutting himself short. “I guess I’ll say I won’t take a kicker,” the GM added with a smile, mindful of recent draft-day blunders including Tampa Bay’s selection of Roberto Aguayo (second round, 2016) and Matt Gay (fifth round, 2019), both of whom were released after disappointing rookie seasons. “But liberating is a probably a very good word’’ to describe what’s it’s like to be picking 32nd overall compared to the top 10. “It’s a luxury we can pick the player we think is going to be the best in two years instead of two games.” And despite having no intentions of moving on from Brady, who signed a contract extension that’ll keep him in Tampa Bay for at least two more seasons, Licht and coach Bruce Arians have not ruled out selecting a quarterback at some point in the draft. “We go into that every year. If the guy’s there at the right time that we really think has a great future, then there’s no better time to have one sit for a couple of years and learn,” Arians said. “Each round there’s going to be one of those guys in that picture to try to see who’s the best (player) available right then.” Brady turns 44 in August and Ryan Griffin, who’s thrown four passes over six NFL seasons, is the only other QB currently under contract. Licht said what the Bucs won’t do is draft a quarterback “just to pick a quarterback.” “You want everybody to be on board, and the guy’s got to have the right mindset. He’s got to be, obviously, talented and can throw the ball, but he’s got to be someone we all feel comfortable with above the neck,” the GM said. “There’s always positives to drafting a quarterback if those things align.” WHAT WE COVET Unlike a year ago when Tampa Bay’s top two draft picks — right tackle Tristan Wirfs and safety Antoine Winfield Jr. — became immediate starters and flourished, the Bucs are focused on finding prospects to contribute on special teams as rookies, and compete for larger roles in 2022 and beyond. Arians said an emphasis will be placed on adding speed on defence, as well as depth on both lines of scrimmage. “Speed and physicality ... and a love for the game,” Arians said. NO PRECONCEIVED PLAN Licht said as always the Bucs will be open minded at the prospect of moving up or down in the draft order, depending on who’s available at a particular time. “All those options will be on the board, just like they are every year,” the GM said. “There are opportunities for us to get better.” Licht stressed that virtually every position could be on the table, especially in the first two rounds. “Your needs and your desires in April are completely different when it comes time for September,” Licht said. “Sometimes you can take players and people scratch their head: ‘Why would they take him?’ Then come September or December, you’re glad you took him.” NOTABLE DIFFERENCE When Super Bowl champions call, veteran players listen. Just ask running back Giovani Bernard, who signed a one-year contract this month after being released by the Cincinnati Bengals. Draft prospects have been happy to hear from the Bucs this spring, too. “One of the questions we’ll ask to kind of get a gauge of their football passion is how many players can you name from our team? In the past, they’d be able to name a few,” Licht said. “But it seemed like this year they could name the entire starting lineup, both sides of the ball. ... There was a little bit of players sitting up more, a little more wide-eyed, and a little bit more excited to talk about our team." ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Fred Goodall, The Associated Press
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Dr. Christopher Johnson has been named the next dean of the Richards College of Business at the University of West Georgia following a nationwide search. Currently serving as associate dean in the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida, Johnson will assume the new role on July 1 to support the university’s mission of fulfilling talent pipeline needs while contributing to the social, cultural and economic development of the university’s region and state. Dr. Christopher Johnson has been named the next dean of the Richards College of Business at the University of West Georgia following a nationwide search. Currently serving as associate dean in the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida, Johnson will assume the new role on July 1 to support the university’s mission of fulfilling talent pipeline needs while contributing to the social, cultural and economic development of the university’s region and state. Carrollton, Georgia, April 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- University of West Georgia President Dr. Brendan Kelly and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jon Preston have named Dr. Christopher Johnson the next dean of the Richards College of Business following a nationwide search. Currently serving as associate dean in the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida, Johnson will assume the new role on July 1 to support the university’s mission of fulfilling talent pipeline needs while contributing to the social, cultural and economic development of the university’s region and state. “Dr. Johnson is an impressive scholar, innovator and academic leader who will advance the Richards College of Business as we remain committed to the curation of a first-choice university for all our stakeholders,” Kelly said. “He is the ideal leader to take the college to the next level by envisioning new ways the college can enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of our students and connect them directly to opportunities in the Atlanta metropolitan area and nationwide.” As dean of the Richards College of Business, Johnson will build upon the strengths of the college’s academic programs, curate robust student-centric experiences, expand research and scholarly achievements, and engage the internal and external university community. “I am thrilled to join the UWG community and lead the Richards College of Business in building upon its strong foundation,” Johnson said. “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, and community and industry partners to continue building programs of excellence for our students and helping meet the talent and workforce needs of a growing region.” Johnson will lead the college’s faculty and staff to promote the tradition of excellence in teaching and student success in the Richards College of Business; supervise and develop innovative academic programming within the college with an emphasis on experiential learning; and expand research, scholarship and external funding. “Dr. Johnson is a collaborative leader who will support the Richards College of Business’ mission of transforming lives through education, engagement and experiences,” Preston said. “His talent, commitment and enthusiasm will serve our students – and business and community partners – well, and I look forward to working alongside him as he leads the college to new heights.” Johnson will also serve as dean during the inaugural academic year for Roy Richards Sr. Hall, the new home for the Richards College of Business that is currently under construction and on track for completion before the fall semester. “I am humbled to be part of the opening of the new, state-of-the-art Richards Hall, which will further complement the efforts of our faculty and staff in providing our students with a 21st-century business education,” Johnson said. Preston expressed gratitude to the 12-member team of faculty, staff and local business leaders – led by Dr. Jenny Schuessler, dean of UWG’s Tanner Health System School of Nursing – who conducted the nationwide search that resulted in Johnson’s appointment alongside the Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting firm. Having earned his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Alabama, Johnson has served at the University of North Florida since 2003 in various roles, including professor of economics, chair of the Department of Economics and Geography and director of accreditation and assessment in addition to his current position as associate dean. As associate dean, Johnson has aided in the development of a master’s degree program in management and the creation of a Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, as well as guiding the college through its most recent accreditation efforts through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). He has two adult children and one teenager, and he and his wife, Jacquelyn, enjoy traveling, gardening, community outreach and spending time with their two dogs in their spare time. The Richards College of Business, in support of its vision to become a globally recognized college of business preparing forward-thinking, responsible leaders, serves more than 2,400 of UWG’s more than 13,400 students in an array of undergraduate and graduate programs. Attachments UWG - New RCOB Dean 1 UWG - New RCOB Dean 2 CONTACT: Colton Campbell The University of West Georgia 678-839-5477 firstname.lastname@example.org
The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said on Friday the potential acquisition of the Kansas City Southern freight railroad should set off "alarm bells" about industry consolidation. Representative Peter DeFazio, a Democrat, said the deal could spark a "new wave of railroad mergers that stifle competition and trigger industry-wide consolidation." "Wall Street will make money from railroad consolidation, but the U.S. economy and workforce will be worse off for it," he said in a statement.
TORONTO — John Tavares looks back fondly on the casual lunchtime chats and classroom visits where he would lend a hand with school work. And the ball hockey games. Oh, those ball hockey games. "They always got fired up to play ball hockey," he recalled this week. A junior star with the Ontario Hockey League's Oshawa Generals from 2005 through 2009 — one destined to compete under the brightest lights on the biggest stage — Tavares could often be found volunteering alongside students with intellectual disabilities at his high school. "It always put me in a good mood, always put a smile on my face," he said. "That just tells you the impact and the positivity and the types of special people they are. "It had a lasting impact." Now the Toronto Maple Leafs captain wants to give back. Through his foundation, Tavares is partnering with Special Olympics Canada to promote and raise funds for its Unified Sports programs, which aim to integrate individuals with and without intellectual disabilities on teams for training and competition to promote social engagement and development. "Each and every day is so precious to them," Tavares said in an interview with The Canadian Press. "It really puts things in perspective for me, not taking things for granted. "Even with the challenges and difficulties they face on a daily basis, it's amazing how much joy they have and how great they are as people, and how they make the most of every opportunity." Special Olympics Canada CEO Sharon Bollenbach said her organization was thrilled when The John Tavares Foundation, which launched last year, reached out to discuss a possible collaboration. Tavares and his wife, Aryne, actually first met in high school when both volunteered as teenagers alongside students with intellectual disabilities. "There's this full-circle, pay-it-forward thing that has happened here that is so rich and so fantastic," Bollenbach said. "They're now motivated to create a whole new generation of students who are going to experience Special Olympics and carry what John and Aryne have. That's what the program is all about. That's the change we're hoping to make — that young people will reflect on that experience with a person with an intellectual disability and carry that into their own lives. "Suddenly we have a world that is far more inclusive and far more accepting and recognizing that everyone has something to contribute." Tavares said he hopes students and young people get as much out of the program — which already runs in schools and communities across Canada — as he and Aryne did. "They're tremendous people and they're inspiring," the father of two young boys said of Special Olympians. "We can learn so much from them. We want to continue to bring awareness to them and the amazing things they do and how much of a positive impact they can make on the world and our society." Bollenbach said having one of the NHL's most recognized players from hockey's biggest market on board is a huge boost for Unified Sports. "Bringing that star quality, that star power to our movement is going to be a good thing for us and a good thing for our athletes," she said. "I think people are going to be interested and excited to learn more about what John is supporting and putting his name behind. "(The Tavares family's) passion for Special Olympics makes this all so genuine and authentic. We align so much on our values as organizations in terms of our belief in inclusion and that everyone — all people — bring value." Bollenbach added that while the general public is usually aware of high-profile Special Olympics events, the organization is constantly working to promote everything else it offers. "The real heart of Special Olympics is our daily sport programs," she said. "Every day you can find a Special Olympics program on the soccer pitch, at the skating rink, at the cross-country ski venue, at bowling, at swimming." That's of course largely not been the case during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Special Olympics remains an important part of the athletes' lives — albeit virtually. "It's been a No. 1 priority for us to make sure we stay connected," Bollenbach added. "Their community still exists. It just exists in a different form." Like most everything else, it will be back. And Tavares will be there to help propel things forward. "We just want to be who we are," he said of his family and foundation. "I've had so many people in my life contribute to where I'm at today. Hopefully I can inspire many other kids, other people to follow their dreams and live life to the fullest. "This is very important to us. We want to make a positive difference." This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 23, 2021. Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press
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E.L. Flowers & Associates to leverage a tailored approach to Sentient Energy’s intelligent sensing solutions as they focus on how to best meet every electric utility’s unique needsFRISCO, Texas, April 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sentient Energy®, Inc. a Koch Engineered Solutions company and the leading provider of advanced grid monitoring and analytics for electric utilities, today announced it has signed an agreement with Manufacturers’ Sales Representative, E.L. Flowers & Associates. The company joins a growing list of North American regional sales partners whose utility relationships and industry expertise will enable Sentient Energy to further expand its customer engagements and support the unique needs of investor, community and member-owned utilities. In business for over 75 years and known for the customer and manufacturer loyalty they’ve earned, E.L. Flowers & Associates is a leading sales representative in New England for medium and high-voltage electrical equipment manufacturers. The company joins a growing list of expert and trusted regional manufacturers’ sales representatives partnering with Sentient Energy. “E.L. Flowers & Associates’ product knowledge and long history of customer loyalty makes them an excellent partner as we address the varying needs of New England’s electric utilities. We look forward to leveraging their electrical industry leadership, particularly as we serve progressive utilities seeking technology solutions to improve reliability, reduce O&M costs and resource needs,” said Gene Jakubowski, Senior Director of Sales at Sentient Energy. “Sentient Energy’s excellent reputation and customer focus is strongly aligned with the emphasis we place on individual attention with both manufacturers and customers,” said Scott Shepard, E.L. Flowers & Associates President. “We’re proud to represent their industry-leading intelligent sensing platform and flexible solutions approach so that New England utilities, regardless of size or operating constraints can advance their power delivery safety and reliability goals.” About Sentient Energy Sentient Energy, a Koch Engineered Solutions company, is the premier provider of intelligent sensing, data analytics, optimization, and control technologies for the distribution grid. Sentient Energy's hardware and software solutions help electric utilities make data-driven decisions to enhance the delivery of reliable, safe, and efficient power. With the industry's only Grid Analytics System that covers the entire distribution network, Sentient Energy leads the global market with the largest network of line sensor deployments in North America, gathering rich data in real time for predictive insights and strategic grid management. Sentient Energy's Grid Edge Control solutions enable utilities to reduce energy costs at the grid edge through Volt-VAR optimization, conservation voltage reduction, and peak demand reduction. Sentient Energy partners with leading communications network providers. For more information, visit www.sentient-energy.com Copyright © 2021 Sentient Energy Inc. All rights reserved. Sentient Energy Media Contact: Sarah Prinster email@example.com 415.726.8773
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched four astronauts into orbit Friday using a recycled rocket and capsule, the third crew flight in less than a year for Elon Musk’s rapidly expanding company. The astronauts from the U.S., Japan and France should reach the International Space Station early Saturday morning, following a 23-hour ride in the same Dragon capsule used by SpaceX’s debut crew last May. They’ll spend six months at the orbiting lab. It was the first time SpaceX reused a capsule and rocket to launch astronauts for NASA, after years of proving the capability on station supply runs. The rocket was used last November on the company’s second astronaut flight. Embracing the trend, spacecraft commander Shane Kimbrough and his crew weeks ago wrote their initials in the rocket’s soot, hoping to start a tradition. “If you have rapid and complete reusability, then that is the gateway to the heavens. That’s what we’re trying to get done, and the support of NASA makes a huge difference,” Musk said after the launch. Just a week ago, NASA awarded SpaceX a nearly $3 billion contract to provide the lunar lander that will deliver astronauts to the surface of the moon — Musk's Starship, intended to be fully reusable to attain his ultimate prize of carrying astronauts to Mars and building a city there. Flying in a recycled capsule Friday provided a bit of deja vu for NASA astronaut Megan McArthur. She launched in the same seat in the same capsule as her husband, Bob Behnken, did during SpaceX’s first crew flight. This time, it was Behnken and their 7-year-old son waving goodbye. McArthur blew kisses and offered virtual hugs. Also flying SpaceX on Friday: Japan’s Akihiko Hoshide and France’s Thomas Pesquet, the first European to launch in a commercial crew capsule. It was a stunning scene: The launch plume glowed against the dark sky, reflecting the sunlight at high altitude. Despite the early hour, spectators lined surrounding roads to watch the Falcon take flight an hour before sunrise. Liftoff was delayed a day to take advantage of better weather along the East Coast in case of a launch abort and emergency splashdown. “You’re seeing a piece of history happening here,” said Lance Bryan, visiting from Burnsville, Minnesota. “It’s, in this case, good history versus some other things that can happen that have been in our backyard practically.” Hours after liftoff, SpaceX was notified of a piece of space junk that might come dangerously close to the capsule. So flight controllers ordered the astronauts to put on their spacesuits and lower their visors just in case. There was no danger, and the unidentified debris turned out to be farther than initially thought. A masked Musk met briefly with the astronauts at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center before they boarded white gull-winged Teslas from his electric car company. The astronauts’ spouses and children huddled around the cars for one last “love you” before the caravan pulled away and headed to the pad in the predawn darkness. “From now on, I’ll see you on a screen!” tweeted Pesquet’s partner, Anne Mottet. Visibly weary, Musk later said he doesn't sleep the night before a crew launch and this one was no exception. “It gets a little bit easier, but still pretty intense, I have to say," said Musk, who started his space company in 2002. NASA limited the number of launch guests because of COVID-19, but passengers for SpaceX’s first privately purchased flight made the cut. Tech billionaire Jared Isaacman, who’s bought a three-day flight, watched the Falcon soar with the three people who will accompany him. Their capsule is still at the space station and due back on Earth with four astronauts next Wednesday. It will be refurbished in time for a September liftoff. Another crew flight for NASA will follow in October. For Friday’s automated flight, SpaceX replaced some valves and thermal shielding, and installed new parachutes on the capsule, named Endeavour after NASA’s retired space shuttle. Otherwise, the spacecraft is the same vehicle that flew before. “We’re thrilled to have a crew on board Endeavour once again," SpaceX Launch Control radioed just before liftoff. All four astronauts clasped hands as Kimbrough noted it was the first time in more than 20 years that U.S., European and Japanese astronauts had launched together. The first-stage booster touched down on an ocean platform nine minutes after liftoff. SpaceX picked up the station slack for NASA after the space agency’s shuttles retired in 2011, starting with supply runs the following year. The big draw was last year’s return of astronaut launches to Florida, after years of relying on Russia for rides. “It’s awesome to have this regular cadence again,” said Kennedy’s director Robert Cabana, a former shuttle commander. Boeing, NASA’s other contracted crew transporter, isn’t expected to start launching NASA astronauts until early next year. First, it needs to repeat a test flight of an empty Starliner capsule, possibly in late summer, to make up for its software-plagued debut in December 2019. Last Friday, SpaceX beat out two other companies, including Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, to land astronauts on the moon for NASA in three or more years. They’ll descend to the lunar surface in Starship, the shiny, bullet-shaped rocketship that Musk is testing in the skies over southeast Texas, near the Mexican border. Musk said Starship should be ready to carry people in a couple years, although he expects to smash more of them before getting there. The 2024 deadline for putting astronauts on the moon, which was set by the Trump administration, is doable, he added. “It’s a great time to be here, and we’re very excited,” said the European Space Agency’s Frank De Winne, an astronaut turned manager. The space station eventually will come to an end, he noted, but the partnership will continue amid hopes of “European astronauts one day walking on the surface of the moon.” ___ AP videojournalist Cody Jackson contributed to this report. ___ The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content. Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press
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