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How ‘ABSURD! Leadership Training’ takes credit unions beyond ‘Leadership 101’

first_imgOk, I know what you’re thinking … and so does Your Full Potential’s Sean McDonald: ABSURD! Leadership could be an absurd name for a company.  But Sean, who is a credit union “lifer,” flips that notion on its head when it comes to leadership training.  There’s so much competition in today’s financial market for leaders that one has to go to “absurd” levels to help their organizations succeed — hence, the name. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

One rig added to weekly U.S. offshore rig count

first_imgThe weekly U.S. offshore rig count rose by one active unit this past week, Baker Hughes, a GE company, said in a report on Friday.Baker Hughes Rig Count: U.S. +1 to 1,082 rigsU.S. Rig Count is up 1 rig from last week to 1,082, with oil rigs up 2 to 888 and gas rigs down 1 to 194.U.S. Rig Count is up 167 rigs from last year’s count of 915, with oil rigs up 150 and gas rigs up 17.The U.S. Offshore Rig Count is up 1 rig to 22 and up 1 rig year-over-year.Baker Hughes Rig Count: Canada +1 to 197 rigsCanada Rig Count is up 1 rig from last week to 197, with oil rigs up 1 to 118 and gas rigs unchanged at 79.Canada Rig Count is down 11 rigs from last year’s count of 208, with oil rigs up 9 and gas rigs down 20.last_img

Orr trades football for microphone

first_imgJonathan Orr, a Detroit native, played wide receiver for the Wisconsin Badgers and Tennessee Titans before deciding to pursue a music career.[/media-credit]A look beyond usual misconceptions.That’s what Jonathan Orr, a former University of Wisconsin and NFL wide receiver, is offering fans in his latest professional endeavor. It has nothing to do with football, though.Orr, a 6-foot-1 wideout from Detroit, was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft with the 172nd overall pick. He would never see the field as a rookie, however, and was released before the next season on Aug. 26, 2007.He joined the Oakland Raiders’ practice squad a week later, but was released before month’s end. Since his release from the Raiders, Orr has pursued other things, leaving behind his once-promising football career.“If I said I didn’t want to go back to the NFL, that would be a lie,” Orr said. “So, I would consider it, but I really don’t think that’s the road God is leading me down right now.”Instead, Orr’s path has led him to a different profession, one that surprised everyone who knew the former Badger, including himself.Earlier this year, Orr sat down and started writing songs just for fun. When he considered pursuing an uncertain career in music and giving up a chance to earn millions in the NFL, Orr shared his work with family and friends whom he thought would give him an honest opinion, including former UW teammate Alex Lewis.“He talked to me before he stopped playing football, because everybody was like thinking that he’s crazy. That’s when the faith part comes into play,” Lewis said. “I told him, ‘If the Lord’s putting something else on your heart, and He’s telling you to go in a different direction, you can’t focus so much on the financial part.’”Once he realized he wanted to continue down the path toward a music career, Orr began writing songs with greater frequency and started working on his debut album.During the recording process, Orr came up with his artist name, D. Harp, which stands for David’s Harp, a reference to his Christian faith.“There was a guy by the name of Saul — he was a king — and he was going through a lot of stress. So, they called David in to play his harp,” Orr said of the name. “The Bible says that when David played his harp for the king, the evil spirits left the king and he was made well.“So, I was thinking about it like, ‘Man, I hope through my music and my desire to make music and whatever else I do, (I) can be used like David’s harp to bring healing and just help people out.’”He also developed the name for the record, which is “The A.L.B.U.M.” The acronym, according to Orr, stands for “a look beyond usual misconceptions.”With that, Orr set out to make a difference in the lives of others as a Christian rap artist, releasing his debut album Nov. 20.In addition to advice on the record, Orr asked Lewis for additional help with his record. The former Wisconsin and Detroit Lions linebacker was more than willing to help.Lewis is featured on the bonus track “Jesus Christ Cypha” under the stage name A. Lew.“I am on the record, but I’m a rookie,” Lewis said. “You can tell the difference between me and him. He put me on the record because he’s trying to bring other people’s gifts out of them also.”‘There’s something different about this guy’Before they were released by their respective teams and even in the NFL, Orr and Lewis formed a special bond as members of the Wisconsin football team.They spent just two seasons together before Lewis was drafted in the 5th round of the 2004 Draft by the Detroit Lions, but in that time, they bonded over a common Christian faith, something Lewis said he noticed early on about Orr.“When I transferred to Wisconsin from junior college, the one thing that I realized is that if you want to be successful, you hang around successful people,” Lewis said. “When I met Jonathan, I thought, ‘There’s something different about this guy; he’s not doing what everyone else is doing.’”Lewis was not the only one who saw something special in Orr. The former wide receiver made quite an impression on his coaches as well.UW offensive coordinator Paul Chryst recalls fond memories of Orr, calling him one of his favorite players he’s ever coached.“I loved Jonathan. He had a great senior year, and he was a great worker. I still pull out some of his stuff and show our young guys that this is how you do it,” Chryst said. “I’ve got nothing but great memories of J.O., and I have the utmost respect for him. He’s big time.”Chryst also noted that it was clear from the moment you met Orr that faith played a big role in his life. He did not, however, realize he was musically inclined.“He rarely even said anything when he was on the team,” Chryst said. “That’s interesting, though, that he’s doing Christian rap. Good for him.”So, while a career in music is certainly something that surprised everyone who knew Orr well, the fact that it was a faith-based endeavor did not.In fact, Lewis recalled one of his best memories from his time in Madison being when he, along with Orr and current Jacksonville Jaguar (and former Badger) Scott Starks, started a Bible study in their apartment at The Regent.Lewis and Orr each also noted that the three used to attend church services together in Madison and that all three remain close friends today, which has a lot to do with their shared faith and principles.“My relationship with God is number one, it’s the foundation of my life,” Orr said. “The conversations that I have, the way I approach situations, the friends that I make — that’s part of why Alex and Scott and I became so close — I just have to seek Him first and do what He wants me to do.”Orr knows he still possesses a lot of talent as a football player. While he used to believe what God wanted him to do was glorify him through his abilities on the football field, he has realized a new destiny for himself in music.His hope now is that his music will have a significant impact on everyone who hears it.“The goal is really to use these talents — as far as rapping is concerned — to glorify God, help edify others and really build other people up,” Orr said. “In a nutshell, I want my music to be used like David’s harp was in that situation to edify people.”last_img read more

Game 8 rewind: Oregon hands USC its worst loss in years

first_imgThe story: It was the worst loss of the Pete Carroll era and likely marked the end of USC’s run of Pac-10 titles, as the Trojans were dismantled by the resurgent Oregon Ducks, 47-20, before a record and raucous Autzen Stadium crowd.Led by redshirt freshman running back LaMichael James’ career-high 183 yards, No. 10 Oregon (7-1, 5-0 Pac-10) rushed for 391 yards and averaged 8 yards per carry, wearing down a USC defense that had shown cracks against Notre Dame and Oregon State.Daily Trojan | Dieuwertje Kast“This was a real mess for us tonight,” Carroll said. “Oregon did everything they wanted to do.”Punting only once all night, the Ducks were 9 for 9 in the red zone and scored on five consecutive drives in the second half to blow the game open.The 47 points surrendered were the most since a 1996 double-overtime loss to UCLA, and All-American safety Taylor Mays said he never saw it coming.“No, never,” Mays said. “Not with the talent that we have, not with the coaches that we have, not with how hard we practice and the potential that we have as a team. And that’s why this loss hurt.”The No. 5 Trojans (6-2, 3-2) hung tough for a half, largely on the strength of receiver Damian Williams’ seven catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. Williams, who was limited by a bruised glut all week and appeared to struggle with the injury in the second half, finished with nine receptions and 82 yards.Joe McKnight chipped in with 95 yards on 15 carries, but USC managed just 327 yards and committed six false start penalties.Matt Barkley was 21 of 38 for 187 yards, two touchdowns and was intercepted on the last play of the game.Most valuable player: Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli turned in a masterful performance, throwing for 222 yards and a touchdown and rushing for another 165 yards and a score.“The runs he popped, whether they were scrambles or by design, just broke our back,” Carroll said.Play of the game: After a 39-yard Jordan Congdon field goal cut the lead to 27-20, Oregon responded with a 7-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that began with Masoli’s 26-yard scramble through gaping holes in the USC defense. James capped the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run and the rout was on.By the numbers: The 27-point margin of defeat marked only the second time Carroll has lost by double digits at USC. In 2001, Notre Dame downed the Trojans 27-16.Oregon rolled up 613 yards of total offense, the second-most ever allowed by USC. Only Notre Dame in 1946 topped that total.USC came into the game leading the nation in sacks per game. They did not sack Masoli.Finishing the job: In 2007, Oregon handed USC its second conference loss and was well on its way to winning the Pac-10 before quarterback Dennis Dixon injured his knee and the Ducks fell apart down the stretch.In 2009, the Trojans will need similar circumstances to claim its eighth-straight conference title. Oregon now has a two-game lead in the standings, and with the head-to-head tiebreaker, would need to lose three times for USC to claim the automatic Rose Bowl berth.last_img read more


first_imgA bar with a spotless record has been ordered to pay €200 to charity after being found guilty of having people on the premises after hours.Letterkenny District Court was told that Gardai were passing by Maggie’s Tavern in Carrickmore, St.Johnston on August 14th last.When Gardai entered the premises, the were approximately 65 people in the bar and a DK was playing music. Solicitor Fiona Browne told the court that the bar had no previous convictions of any sort and was a very well-run establishment.She said it was located between two rural villages and it depends from revenue from such parties to survive.She said she had been at functions herself in the bar and it was a very well-run establishment which usually provided its own transport to leave customers home.On the night in question a 40th birthday party was taking place.Judge Paul Kelly ordered the proprietor Alice Lynch to pay €200 to the Donegal Hospice.PUB WITH PERFECT RECORD HAD PARTY GOING ON AT 1.40AM was last modified: June 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:after hoursdonegalMaggie’s tavernSt Johnstonlast_img read more