Everything You Should Remember While You Are Camping

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One of the most popular recreational activities in the world is camping. There is nothing quite like heading out into the great outdoors to really feel connected to nature. If you are thinking about going camping, use the following advice to make your next camping trip more fun and enjoyable.

Plan accordingly when it comes to food. It is a hassle to make room in your car for all the food you need. However, proper nourishment is crucial when you are in the woods. Also, items that are fairly inexpensive in your local store often carry a higher price tag near camping sites. Bringing enough food means that you will save money and keep everyone in your family in a good mood.

Did you know that a simple mirror can save your life? If you are camping and end up in a survival situation, a simple hand held mirror can be used to signal for help many miles away. Do not buy the standard glass mirror, many camping supply stores sell mirrors made of Lexan that will float and are practically unbreakable.

Introduce yourselves to other families camping in your immediate area, as a means of being social and more apt to help each other out. If another crew arrives after you’ve set up, offer to help with their tent or equipment. If something goes awry during the trip for anyone, it’s much easier to ask for help from somebody who was courteous enough to introduce themselves.

When you bring your dog on a camping trip, make certain he has adequate tick protection. Bugs thrive in forests, and many flea treatments do not extend protection to include ticks, so ask your vet before departing if your dog has everything he needs and what you should do for proper tick prevention and removal.

When you are heading out for that long awaited camping trip, don’t forget to take along your cell phone. You may be tempted to leave all the texting and calls behind, but your cell phone can be one of your most important safety lifelines in the event of an emergency. Make sure it is fully charged and keep it protected from the elements in a plastic bag or waterproof case.

Read up on your medical insurance. Sometimes going into a different state means that you will need to have an additional policy. That can be even more important when you plan to travel across international borders. Better to be prepared and safe than sorry later.

Pour out any water that has accumulated in your freezer each day. You want to do this to prevent the ice inside from melting into the water. It is also a good idea because any contaminants that have entered the water from foods you have in, can be poured off.

Collect more wood than you think you are going ot need. Unless you go camping every day, you probably don’t have an accurate idea of what “enough wood” actually looks like. You can always leave the extra wood in a pile as a gift for anyone that uses the campsite after you.

Save space in your bag by leaving mixing spoons and containers behind, and instead just bring plastic zip-lock bags. Place the foods or liquids that you want to mix in the bag, and ensure that the zipper is well closed before mixing. Not only do the bags take up considerably less space than bowls and spoons, but they’re much more lightweight as well!

One thing that many people forget to pack on a camping trip, and which quickly turns the trip into a nightmare is bug spray. This simple repellent will save you both annoyance and can protect your health as many types of bugs can do a great deal of damage to you quickly.

An indispensable item to pack for your camping trip is Ziploc bags. You can separate items in your gear like sunscreen and bug spray so if they puncture they do not get all over your gear. You can also use them to keep items like matches and cellphones dry if it rains.

Make sure that the cooler you are taking with you is air tight. You do not want your food to spoil because the cooler was allowing the cool air to get out. Store your cooler in a shaded area where the sun will not work against it. This could save your food and your stomach.

Take along plenty of drinking water. You need to stay hydrated, and you will need the water to prepare your food. Depending on the nature of your camping trip, this water may also be needed for clean-up and washing of the hands. It is better to bring along more than you need than not enough.

Keep the environment in mind when you are at your campsite. Enjoying nature is one of the main benefits of camping, so it is important to respect the Earth. Throw away all your trash, and don’t get too rowdy. You can even bring along a solar-powered device if you have one to use.

Orange peels may protect you from mosquitoes. If you neglected to pack mosquito spray, fear not. Experts have disclosed that simply rubbing the inner peel of a ripened orange on exposed skin can act as a repellant. This can help for many hours.

Camping can either be an extremely relaxing or an extremely torturous experience. How your camping experience turns out is down to one key factor: preparation. Your activities will go more smoothly and your trip more enjoyable when you take the time to plan your trip before you go.

A Frisbee is a great toy to take for entertainment when camping. It is easy to pack and fun. But in addition to its use as a game, it is also a great way to strengthen a paper plate. Just place the plate into the middle of the Frisbee at meal times and the plate will not collapse no matter how big your hamburger.

Once you know more about camping, you can really relax and have fun when you head out into nature. As with any activity, the more you know, the more successful your camping trips will be. Just remember the useful tips you have read here so that you can enjoy all of your camping trips.

UMT Sports Update

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With the conclusion of the Summer Olympics, it’s MLB and NFL that has taken Center Stage in the world of sports this past weekend. Baseball is approaching its final months and football is about to conclude it’s Preseason, and you have College Football just around the corner. Here is an update on the World of Sports:

 

NFL: On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers trimmed their roster to 79 players, placing offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins on the Reserve/Injured List, while quarterback Dustin Vaughan has been Waived/Injured. In addition, the team has released linebackers Jordan Zumwalt and Mike Reilly, wide receivers Isaac Blakeney and Levi Norwood, tight end Michael Cooper, defensive end Giorgio Newberry, defensive tackle Khaynin Mosley-Smith, and cornerback Julian Whigham.  Pittsburgh must reduce its roster to 75 players by Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Steelers DE Cameron Heyward suffered a high ankle sprain in the first half of the Steelers’ 27-14 win over the New Orleans Saints on Friday. Heyward, who suffered the injury on a play in which he was cut-blocked, wore a protective boot on his foot after the game. He told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he’d be ready for the Sept. 12 opener against the Washington Redskins. OT Marcus Gilbert was also injured in the game with an elbow injury that he described as “significant” on Sunday. Gilbert said that he’s heading for a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, but that he plans on being on the field for the season opener even if he’ll be playing through pain.

In other NFL News: The San Diego Chargers finally got their First Round pick signed, sealed and delivered as they agreed to terms with LB Joey Bosa on a four-year deal that will include a team option for a fifth year. The signing ends a 31-day holdout that got testy last week after the Chargers publicly shamed Bosa during negotiations, claiming that he had turned down one of the best offers ever given to a rookie in San Diego. Bosa’s four-year deal with the Chargers is worth $25.8 million and includes a $17 million signing bonus. Of course, due to the rookie slotting system, it’s been known since April that Bosa’s deal would be worth $25.8 million.

The defending NFC Champion Carolina Panthers also made a move, acquiring P Andy Lee from the Cleveland Browns for a 2017 seventh-round pick, the Panthers also shipped a 2018 fourth-round selection and 2014 undrafted punter Kasey Redfern to Cleveland…The defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos announced that Trevor Siemian will be the starting quarterback when the regular season opens in 10 days against the Panthers. The 2015 seventh-round pick beat out veteran Mark Sanchez and rookie first-rounder Paxton Lynch to earn the job. The Broncos are also reportedly listening to trade offers for Sanchez…The NY Jets are also reportedly listening to offers for backup QB Geno Smith…SF 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick‘s decision to protest the national anthem on Friday has become a lightning rod of controversy around the NFL over the past two days. While some players have come out in support of Kaepernick and his right to protest, other players are livid with Kaepernick, including one of his ex-teammates, Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Alex Boone, who spent five seasons as Kaepernick’s teammate in San Francisco, says that the 49ers quarterback needs to show some respect, despite understanding what he’s trying to do.

 

MLB-After getting swept by the Miami Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates did something amazing over the weekend by sweeping the Milwaukee Brewers in 4 games-in Milwaukee for the first time-ever. Miller Park has proven to be a house of horrors for the Pirates before they pulled off this feat. In the Rubber Match on Sunday, P Ivan Nova (4-0) threw six sharp innings before leaving early because of a hurting left hamstring and the Pirates hit three solo homers to rally past the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 on Sunday for their eighth straight road victory. John Jaso and Gregory Polanco each homered in the sixth off Brewers starter Chase Anderson (7-11) Starling Marte added a solo shot in the eighth. Pittsburgh is in the thick of the NL Wild Card race, but Nova’s injury is the latest issue in a road that gets much tougher for the Pirates…Ace right-hander Gerrit Cole will reportedly miss his next start and instead travel to Los Angeles to have his sore elbow looked at by a specialist. Cole is 7-9 with a 3.55 ERA this season.

 

In other MLB news: Things could not be going much better for Yankees rookie catcher Gary Sanchez. He’s already become the fastest player in history to hit 11 home runs, doing so in his first 21 games. Sanchez is also the first player with 10+ home runs and 30+ hits in his first 22 MLB games. On Monday, Sanchez added another notch to his belt: he was named AL Player of the Week. Again. Sanchez is the first rookie in baseball history to win Player of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks.

 

College Football: The Pitt Panthers will open their 2016 College Football season Saturday against Villanova at Heinz Field. At his first news conference for the season, HC Pat Narduzzi had this to say: “We’re very excited to get this week started and get game one under our belt. We’ve got a very accomplished football team in Villanova coming into Heinz Field this weekend. They not only have an accomplished football team, but a well decorated head coach in Andy Talley as well. I think he’s going on his 32nd season. He’s been in the playoffs 11 times.”

 

On the status of RB James Conner: “I think it’s the same James I saw a year ago. Maybe he’s a little bit happier; I think he’s thankful to be here. You will probably see more of a smile on his face. He’s really enjoying the moment. I don’t know if he was more stressed out a year ago, but he seems more relaxed. He’s calmer.”

 

On freshman Aaron Mathews making the two-deep at wide receiver:

“He’s right in there with Zach [Challingsworth] to be honest with you. It’s really an Aaron Mathews or Zach Challingsworth. Aaron has done a nice job. He is a mature and smart guy who is physical and tough. He doesn’t act like a freshman when he is on the field. He goes up and gets the ball.”

In other College Football news:  Georgia running back Nick Chubb has been cleared to play in the 18th-ranked Bulldogs’ season opener against No. 22 North Carolina inside the Georgia Dome on Saturday. Chubb has been ahead of his rehab schedule for months since he damaged several knee ligaments when he went down awkwardly on his first carry against Tennessee in October. The junior, who has rushed for 2,294 yards and 21 touchdowns in less than two full seasons of work.

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Pat Narduzzi Press Conference Villanova Week

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Opening Statement:

“We’re very excited to get this week started and get game one under our belt. We’ve got a very accomplished football team in Villanova coming into Heinz Field this weekend. They not only have an accomplished football team, but a well decorated head coach in Andy Talley as well. I think he’s going on his 32nd season. He’s been in the playoffs 11 times. He’s won a national championship and has been named the national coach of the year twice. He’s an excellent football coach; it’s an excellent program. I’ve had the opportunity to go against Coach [Andy] Talley as a player and a coach. I actually played against him last I think in 1989. I also had the opportunity to play against some great Villanova teams when they had [Brian] Westbrook and [Brian] Finneran there as well. So Coach Talley and I go back a long way. He’s a great football coach. The last three FBS teams they have played they have taken to the wire—last year with UConn, the year before that with Syracuse and the year before that Boston College. I told our kids last night this is not going to be easy. The FCS is good football. They will come in here ready to go. We must be ready to go.”

On what challenges facing Villanova poses:

“Offensively they’ve got three seniors. Their offensive line is very experienced; they lost one guy I believe in their starting guard. Very experienced up front, they know what they’re doing. They have a real good tailback in Jarrett McClenton. He’s a utility guy—does a little bit of everything. Not the biggest guy, but he can fly. Zach Bednarczyk is their quarterback. He’s a lefty that is a really good football player. He’s got a quick release; the ball comes out of his hand fast. Defensively, they have five seniors including defensive end No. 92, Tanoh Kpassagnon. He’s a good-looking player. He is one of those guys that probably has a chance to play in the league. He can rush the passer. Also, outside linebacker Austin Calitro is very physical. He probably will lead their team in tackles. Those are two guys to keep an eye on; they fly around. They play with an attitude and they’re well coached. They have continuity with that coaching staff. The Panthers better come ready to play.”

On whether it is a positive to face an early test against a mobile quarterback:

“No doubt about it, it’s good. We’re going to prepare for whatever we get—whether it’s a drop-back or he runs the football. He’s [Zach Bednarczyk] athletic. He can run. He ran for 500 yards plus last year. Any test, we will take.”

On making sure the players aren’t looking ahead to the Penn State game:

“We try and make sure they ignore you guys [the media]. That’s the first step. That’s our job as coaches. That game doesn’t mean anything if you don’t take care of Villanova first. Our focus will be on them. Anything we’ve asked of our kids, they’ve done. I don’t see it as a problem. I see a good football team coming in here and I think they need to see a good football team coming in here. They listen to what we say. I think they’ve bought in to what we do and how we do it, so I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. But it’s always a concern. Put the tape on; they’re [Villanova] a good football team. Anybody can beat you on any given day.”

On walk-on Oluwaseun Idowu being tabbed as the starter at Star linebacker:

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a walk-on or scholarship, FBS or FCS. Oluwaseun is a great football player. He really had a great camp. He and Elijah [Zeise] battled back and forth. Oluwaseun [Idowu] has done a nice job. That outside linebacker spot will be a position we continue to evaluate throughout the season. It’s a ‘what have you done for me lately’ position—like they all are. If Oluwaseun can do what he did in practice, I think we will be happy with his production on game day.”

On freshman Aaron Mathews making the two-deep at wide receiver:

“He’s right in there with Zach [Challingsworth] to be honest with you. It’s really an Aaron Mathews or Zach Challingsworth. Aaron has done a nice job. He is a mature and smart guy who is physical and tough. He doesn’t act like a freshman when he is on the field. He goes up and gets the ball. He’s a guy that has impressed the coaches during camp and he’s earned an opportunity. He’ll decide where he takes that.”

On if Alex Officer is set to start at center for the whole season:

“We’d like the position to be set, but we’re going to move some guys around during the game probably for the first few weeks. Alex has done a nice job coming off an injury. He worked and he fought. He played well enough to be one of those top five guys.”

On the health of receiver Zach Challingsworth:

“He has maybe a little tweak. I won’t tell you where it is or what it is. He had something minor that I think he is through now.”

On the depth chart at running back behind James Conner:

“It’s going to be fluid. I asked Coach [Andre] Powell last night if he ever had this many good tailbacks, so it’s a good thing we have a bunch of horses. They could all be on one line [on the depth chart]. Qadree Ollison had a great camp. He is better than he was a year ago. All of those guys have had a good camp. Our backfield is big, fast and physical. They can pass protect and catch the ball out of the backfield. Like we said on day one of fall camp, it’s a good group of guys back there.”

On if Chawntez Moss and Darrin Hall are ahead of Qadree Ollison on the depth chart:

“Again I don’t know if they leapfrogged him. It’s going to come down to game day and what each guy does with the ball when they have their opportunity. You have to go with the hot guy. All four of them have been exceptional in my opinion. They all have a little bit of a different strength in their game. Moss has maybe been more exciting because you don’t expect a freshman to come in and do what he’s done. He has eluded people; he’s making people miss. Darrin Hall will run you over. It depends on how you want to get beat. We could run you over or run around you. Qadree has a little bit of both.”

On the role of Chawntez Moss in the Villanova game:

“It’s Monday at noon, so we still have game-week preparation. This will be a big part of the game plan. We’ve had periods on Villanova, but how do these guys react and pick up their defense? They run a 3-4 front, so the guys aren’t playing a defense that they’ve practiced against for 19 days. We’ve worked on it, so we’ll see how he reacts. We’re playing against a stacked three-man front. We’ve worked on it, but it will be a little bit different. We’ll see how he picks up protections. There are a lot of things to see. Today is his first day of class. Does he act like a freshman?  Is he going to go to class today? Maybe he misses a class and he doesn’t play at all. We’ll see.”

On his excitement to see Dewayne Hendrix play after sitting out last season as a transfer:

“I think he’s looking forward to it because he had to sit out a year. I can’t tell you I’m looking forward to seeing Dewayne play more than anybody else on the team. I’m excited to watch our whole football team play. I’m excited for them to go out there at 1:30 and show what they’ve done over the past year. I’m excited to see everyone play. I’m excited to see Dontez Ford and Matt Galambos. I’m excited to see them all. It’s game time. It’s a new year. I saw some of those guys last year, but it’s a new year. We’ve got new things for them.”

On the plan to potentially redshirt the freshmen not listed on the depth chart:

“We tell the freshmen, ‘You’re never redshirted until the end of the year.’ You really aren’t. You could go into the 11th game of the season and all of the sudden you need a guy and he’s playing. You can’t go out there and ask the team to play with 10 guys because we don’t want to burn a player’s redshirt. We’ll find out after two or three weeks. You hate to do that late in the season, but guys develop at different levels and you never know where someone is going to be in a couple of weeks.”

On the impact running back James Conner has had since returning:

“I think it’s the same James I saw a year ago. Maybe he’s a little bit happier; I think he’s thankful to be here. You will probably see more of a smile on his face. He’s really enjoying the moment. I don’t know if he was more stressed out a year ago, but he seems more relaxed. He’s calmer. Maybe it’s because we’re a year later, or maybe it’s because he’s grateful to be here and have the opportunity. You always talk about playing the game like it is your last game or your last practice, so maybe that’s the attitude that he is taking right now.

“I know when this thing started less than a year ago, James came up to the coaches and said ‘I’m going to beat this thing and I’m going to tell a story.’ To me, that’s like the last chapter when he walks back out on that football field. I think it’s going to be an emotional moment for our team and certainly for me. I haven’t really been thinking about it; maybe I’ll think about it the night before. That’s the finishing part of his story. Maybe there’s an extra chapter at the end there.”

On if James Conner will be limited at all:

“No. He’s not limited in any way.”  MORE

Lost On How To Be A Leader? Try These Tips Today!

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Leadership is a word that anyone in the business world is familiar with, but few understand what it really takes to become a great leader. It takes time, effort and a lot of education. Here we have compiled information from some of the greatest leaders of all time in order to guide you on your path to becoming one of them. Continue reading and learn all you can about leadership.

Don’t fear failing. Failing is something that many great leaders have done, and it has only spurred them on to greater victories. If you fear failure, you may be afraid to act boldly, which is the only way for a leader to act. If you fail at something, use it to help you change directions.

Focus on diversity in your staff. Diversity of age, educational background and cultural origins provides a broader perspective. Don’t make all of your employees come from similar backgrounds as you. This will limit the amount of innovation in your business. It may also lead to a company that fails based on your weaknesses.

Remember that you are not someone who is perfect. Even as a leader, you still have things that you can learn, and you don’t singlehandedly own all the intelligence in your company or organization. Stay humble enough to realize that you are still going to need help every now and then, and the people you lead will think highly of you.

Remember that no matter how much you care for a business you work for or own, many of your subordinates are just there for a paycheck. This means that their daily behavior will often just subconsciously mimic and even amplify your own. That means that your good mood and passion can be contagious. On the other hand, so can your malaise and stupidity.

You should never procrastinate if you want to be seen as a great leader. When people think of having a boss, they imagine someone that is in charge and knows how to get down to business. Putting off projects and not following through is not the best way to present yourself to people.

As a leader, or manager, your team is your greatest asset. And, they know the business better than anyone. Try carrying a journal, or notebook with you at all times. Use it to write down any information, ideas and problems you hear from the team. Then, each week, go over your notes, and see what you can do to implement good ideas, and solve any problems you may have encountered.

Be aware that there is always more to learn. Just because you are leading a team does not mean you know everything there is to know. Be willing to learn from others, including the rest of your team. They will appreciate the chance to show their own skills, and you will learn new things.

If you want others to trust and respect you as a leader, you need to keep promises. You should never say you are going to do something and then do the exact opposite. If for some reason you are unable to follow through on what you promised, honestly explain why the promise could not be kept.

Become a more effective leader by becoming a more self-confident individual. Research shows that a developed sense of self-confidence makes you look, sound, and act more like a leader. You can communicate confidence by maintaining excellent posture, speaking with certainty, and calling attention to key points by adding appropriate hand gestures.

Accepting blame, even when it isn’t your fault, is part of being a good leader. You should act as a shield for your employees, and defend them from attacks by upper management. You should also be willing to take the blame from your customers when something goes wrong. Use these opportunities to study the situation and ensure it doesn’t happen again in the future.

If you are in the business world, you most certainly know what a great leader is. If you are trying to become a great leader, the tips in this article will most certainly help guide you on your path. Refer to them anytime you are struggling with a leadership challenge, and use them to enhance your ability to achieve greatness.

Want Great Ideas About Home Business? Look Here!

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More and more people are discovering the benefits of working from home. You will also find a good bit of competition. It’s imperative that you do your homework to learn how to be a success and keep your business running well. This is your only chance to stay on top of your game!

If you have or are about to start a home business, be sure to establish an accurate budget. Many people fail at running a home business because they underestimated the cost of materials that goes with making or selling their product. For the best financial help, consider hiring an accountant.

Be professional in advance. Get everything you need to show that you are a professional business person in advance, This includes business cards, a business phone and business email address. Make sure that all the pertinent information is printed on your business card, and when you hand one out, try to take the name of the person that you have handed it to.

It is crucial for all home business owners to conduct thorough research on their market. If a person starts a home business without truly understanding the market they are in, then they are doomed to fail. Home business owners need to know who will be interested in the products they sell and how to most effectively reach these people.

You are likely going to need additional insurance to cover your home business. Check with your insurance agent to learn if there is any insurance that is required by law or that will protect you from any kind of financial fall-out if anything negative was to happen. Your agent will be able to help you or send you to a company that can.

Create and follow a clear and concise business plan. Keeping a business plan from the start can keep you on track in reaching your home business goals, no matter what niche you may be following. Your business plan should be clear and with a direct focus that is easy to see through your many objectives.

Access your best talents through your home business. You don’t want to start a home business that has nothing to do with your talents and skills because it just won’t be as effective as it should be. With your talents and skills in use, however, you will find great success as you move forward.

If you are making your own product, do not forget to put in your labor cost when determining your pricing. Too many people just determine their selling price based on the cost of the materials. Don’t discount your efforts by not having it be a part of your determined costs.

“Too big to not fail” may apply to some large online marketplaces. As a new seller, you may be lost in the shuffle. You may find your quality product awash in a sea of cheap foreign manufactured ones. The marketplace may be disorganized and give poor service. Ask around. Try to find a new and smaller site that sells quality products similar to yours. Here you can thrive.

Add an email signature announcing you home business. This is something you can have attached automatically every time you send out an email. Your closest friends and relatives will likely already be aware of your business but all of those other people you send emails to certainly need to be told.

Advertise your business with flyers or postcards. You could even include coupons. A good flyer should be distributed widely and look interesting to people. Let people know about your products and special offers and make sure that your contact information is made obvious, on the flyers you send out. You can find good prices to get flyers printed on the internet or you can do it yourself.

A great tip for your home business is to have all of your mail directly related to your business sent to a post office box. This will help to keep your home address private and secure and will also help to sort out your personal and business related mail.

This information should help you keep your business running smoothly. Remember, in order to get and then, stay ahead of the game, you have to continuously be on the search for new information that can help your home business prosper. Learn as much as possible and come up with your own ways to become successful.

Pitt-Penn State Series Tagged as the Keystone Classic

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Peoples Gas to Serve as Presenting Sponsor

PITTSBURGH – The Pitt vs. Penn State football series will be tagged as the Keystone Classic presented by Peoples Gas as announced Friday by both institutions. The first meeting in the newly dubbed series will occur Saturday, Sept. 10 in front of a capacity crowd at Heinz Field (12 p.m. – ABC or ESPN). The Panthers are also scheduled to play at Penn State Sept. 9, 2017 in the second meeting of the four-game series that will continue in 2018 and 2019.

 

“We are extremely excited about renewing this great series and grateful to have Peoples Gas on board as a presenting sponsor,” said Pitt Athletic Director Scott Barnes. “The Pitt-Penn State matchup will serve as a marquee game of the early football season and I know our fan base will be out in full force for the matchup. This has been a great collaboration by the two institutions both in scheduling the game and securing a corporate partner.”

 

Pitt media rights holder IMG worked closely with Penn State media rights holder Learfield to secure Peoples Gas as the presenting sponsor of the series. The partnership includes Peoples Gas’ corporate mark embedded in the series logo as well as various branding, social media, activation and community assets. In addition, both schools are working with their licensing partner CLC on creating a line of merchandise featuring the Keystone Classic logo.

 

“Peoples is proud to support this event that celebrates two universities that add so much to Pennsylvania,” said Morgan O’Brien, CEO of Peoples Natural Gas. “The Keystone Classic will attract tens of thousands of visitors to our area to patronize restaurants, shops and hotels.  And, it recognizes the proud traditions of Pitt and Penn State, whose alumni contribute greatly to our region’s workforce. So, I gladly welcome back and look forward to this annual football game!”

 

Pitt and Penn State last clashed on September 16, 2000, when the Panthers blanked the Nittany Lions, 12-0, at Three Rivers Stadium. Freshman Rod Rutherford scored the game’s lone touchdown when he took a short pass from John Turman and raced for a 62-yard TD. A smothering Pitt defense limited Penn State to just 64 yards rushing and 225 yards overall.

 

Penn State holds a 50-42-4 advantage in the all-time series that began in 1893. The schools played every season from 1900-31 and 1935-92. Following a four-year break, the series resumed for four games from 1997-2000 before its current hiatus. The rivalry gained national stature during the 1970s and `80s when the teams regularly met with both eastern supremacy and national title implications at stake.

 

Pitt-Penn State Series in Brief
Began:
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Series Record: Penn State leads, 50-42-4
     At Pittsburgh: Pitt leads, 34-28-4
     At Penn State: Penn State leads, 17-6
     Neutral: Penn State leads, 5-2
Last Game: Pitt won, 12-0 (played at Three Rivers Stadium Sept. 16, 2000)

LIFESTYLE ISSUES ON BEST PLACE TO LIVE FOR SINGLE PARENT IN U.S

 

The growth of single-parent families in the United States is well documented. But what communities are best to support the nearly 25 million children are being raised primarily by one parent? The articles will help address this issue with a number of criteria or understandable analysis.

Finding a new place to put a base is difficult enough if you are single, let alone if you now acquire the “mother” status and a child, or more, on your hip. By this time you’re dealing with more liability in a different dimension.

Only recently, the two-parent families’ standardized our system of family-centric society. Single mothers and single parents generally were socially rare, even seen as an abomination by the mainstream groups. But if cultural perspectives have warmed to this once-unconventional family structure, mothers choose for their children alone are no longer considered social pariahs.
Today, single-mom families account for a quarter of all US households, nearly 10 million, far surpassing their single-father counterparts by a good eight million. But whether by will or not, the role of an unbound parent can be something of a financial rope act, especially if we are talking of a single mother on a single income.

 

Here are some thoughts that are worth our consideration as single parent before listing the cities that meets the requirements:

 

  • Will a single parent be able to offset the rents (or mortgage) and childcare? As any working parent knows, taking care of a child cost a fortune. So we take the average income in each community, median housing costs and average day care expenses for a child and a 4 year old. We found significant differences in average day care costs from state to state with a 2013 study by Child Care Aware of America and the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR & R).

    Is the community stable? Poverty is a big problem for single-parent families. The census estimates that almost half of all families headed by single mothers (representing almost 85% of single parents) live in poverty. We gave more weight to communities like Baltimore, Maryland, which was below the poverty line the lowest number of single mothers – only 4%. From recent statistics, cities having a high record of single mothers living below the poverty line were respectively, California, as well as Delano, having 68.2% of single mom training their children in poverty.

  • What is the level of accessibility to decent quality of life by single? Proper attention was giving to important measures or indicators as to the quality of life for single mothers: commuting times (knowing that the longer travel times may increase for child care expenses and pain quality time with family), the overall strength of the schools – based on data from Great schools – and the likelihood of having other families with similar structures also to find support.

 

Major factors to consider:

  • Single-parent families are an important demographic shift of communities everywhere. The number of families with children under 18 headed by single parents in 1960 was 8.2%. In 2012, 28% of all US children lived in a home headed by one of the parents, according to census data.
  • Income opportunity and stability are major concerns for single parents. Approximately and average of the 20 million children being cared for by one parent are meddling in poverty in line with the 2013 statistical data.

 

After give much thought to these considerations and important factors above the following cities below meets the demands and is recommend for single parents.

NB: note however that, this article gave much consideration to single parent mom and not dad, as a result of the fact that majority of the single parent family in U.S are the single mom. Although, the principles discussed also applies to single parent dad.

Here are the best cities that top the list for single parents living:

Top 12 Cities Recommend For Single Parents

 

  1. Bartlett Tennessee
  2. Frisco Texas
  3. West Des Moines, Iowa
  4. Conway, Arkansas
  5. Owensboro, Kentucky
  6. Royal Oak, Michigan
  7. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  8. Rogers, Arkansas
  9. Bossier City, Louisiana
  10. Cedar Park, Texas
  11. Edmond Oklahoma
  12. Lawton Oklahoma

Ray Jr. on Sports

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  1. The Pittsburgh Steelers 38-year old LB James Harrison met with NFL officials Thursday at the team’s sports complex regarding him possibly using performance-enhancing drugs. The meeting lasted for 40 minutes and then both sides went their way with no comments.
  2. I salute Harrison for complying to this process, because he truly has nothing to prove-especially when he was risking a possible suspension. He said he didn’t do it, so sitting down to talk with officials while defending his innocence. Good job James.
  3. The Steelers also made news a few days ago when they signed inside LB Vince Williams to a 3-year contract. In my opinion, Williams is the ‘quiet’ one in the Steelers defense as he’s split time with fellow LB’s Ryan Shazier and Lawrence Timmons and has gotten the job done in his role. In 47 career regular-season games (13 starts), he has totaled 85 tackles, a half-sack and two fumble recoveries on defense. On special teams, Williams has totaled 26 tackles and one fumble recovery during that span.
  4. The Steelers also welcomed CB Keenan Lewis on Tuesday to try to help their thin secondary. Lewis was drafted by the team in 2009 and played with them until 2013 when he left them via Free Agency for the New Orleans Saints. Lewis was injured in 2015 and had hip surgery, leading to the Saints releasing him.
  5. According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers didn’t like what they saw with Lewis’ hip, so it looks like he will not be signed. If this is true, then you can bet that he will fly straight to Arizona with HC (and former Steelers O-Coordinator) Bruce Arians-and end up with a contract. Here’s hoping Lewis gets on the field.
  6. I don’t blame the Steelers for passing on Lewis (Once again, if this is confirmed) it’s obvious that the man needs more time to recover and the Steelers need cornerbacks-now. First Round pick Artie Burns has to show what he can do and other than veteran William Gay, it’s really a toss-up on who will fill out the depth chart. Too bad there aren’t any other veteran CB’s out there.
  7. The Steelers have also restructured OT Marcus Gilbert’s contract, freeing up over $2 million in salary cap space, bringing them to $4 million under the cap. Smart move. Hopefully they will restructure more contracts as well as you can never have enough cap space.
  8. In other NFL news…the Las Vegas Raiders?? Yep, it might become a reality as espn.com reported that the team has filed to trademark the phrase on Thursday. It allows the team the exclusive right to use the name for sporting events and to sell the phrase on everything.
  9. Sounds like owner Mark Davis is serious about this-especially since they lost out on the Los Angeles bid-which went to the Rams. I think Las Vegas and the Raiders are a perfect fit-because of both of their ‘maverick’ ways. Stay tuned.
  10. And then there’s the San Diego Chargers, who continue to prove that they still have problems getting things right as they’ve reached a contract impasse with first-round pick Joey Bosa. The Ohio State DE has rejected several offers since being drafted.
  11. I hear that Bosa’s commanding a $17 million signing bonus, which is a throwback to how the NFL used to pay their rookies-before they even stepped on the field. To be honest, I actually agree with the Chargers on this one, but the fact that they get this settled is pretty embarrassing.
  12. As for the MLB, they have made a couple of trades as the Wild-Card-hungry Miami Marlins acquired OF Jeff Francour from the Atlanta Braves in a 3-time deal. The Marlins are doing what contenders do..and they got a reliable one in Francour.
  13. The NL West-leading LA Dodgers also made a move as they acquired veteran C Carlos Ruiz from the Philadelphia Phillies for  J. Ellis. Ellis has hit .340 since the All-Star Break and should be a boost for the Dodgers. Once again, doing what contenders do.
  14. As for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who’re still hoping for a shot at that 2nd NL Wild Card spot, they only have over 35 games left in this 2016 season. Sad to say, it hasn’t been as impressive as the 2013-15 seasons and fans probably got a little spoiled because they snatched up the top NL Wild Card spot each year.
  15. Well, they didn’t do what it took to ensure another postseason run and I believe that it’s continuing to bite them in the rear. When you don’t have good pitching, you really have no chance. And last year’s 19-game winner Gerrit Cole (7-9, 3.55 ERA) has truly been a disappointment. And on offense, of course it’s still OF Andrew McCutchen who is still struggling to get his batting average above .250.
  16. However, I do salute OF Gregory Polanco, who is finally living up to the hype that surrounded him. He’s finally coming into his own and putting up All-Star numbers. Along with P Ivan Nova (3-0, 3.20 ERA-acquired from the NY Yankees) he’s truly what’s positive about the Pirates.
  17. Speaking of the Yankees, did you see what rookie C Gary Sanchez has done? He was given a chance to play, and he has 9 HRs in 19 games…Wow! It reminds me of what OF David Justice did in his rookie year with the Atlanta Braves in 1990. Justice shined in the 2nd half of the season and finished with 28 HRs. What will Sanchez do?
  18. As for the NBA, the city of LA is celebrating ‘Kobe Bryant Day’ in honor of the former All-Star who played his entire career with the Lakers, won them 4 championships and retired this season.
  19. I think the honor is justifiable as Bryant has had a Hall of Fame career. I also like how Bryant’s carried himself in his latter years, being more personable and relatable to the public. That’s proof that maturity still can come with age.
  20. In Tennis, Serena Williams was ranked as the #1 seed in the US Open. Here’s to another title for the greatest Women’s tennis player in history.

 

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OWN: Onyx Woman Network Celebrates 25-Year Milestone With a Salute to Pittsburgh’s Top 25 – Anniversary Celebration

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(July 25, 2016) PITTSBURGH – On Saturday, September 17, 2016, Ola Jackson, the creator of OWN: The Onyx Woman Network and publisher of Onyx Woman Magazine, will commemorate her milestone in business by honoring 25 other women of achievement.

A quarter-century of advocacy for women of color with career and entrepreneurial pursuits, Onyx Woman Magazine is looking forward while honoring past accomplishments and 25 ladies who are the embodiment of the Onyx Woman mission.

Ola says her goal for this 25th anniversary event is to be able to acknowledge other awesome women who have withstood the test of time; women who are diverse in their careers, in their businesses, in community activism, and in the political arena.

The dynamic women who were selected are referred to as “Pittsburgh’s Top 25.” Ola says, “I based my selection on my admiration for their passion to live their purpose and their mission to be a light that shines brightly enough to lead other people out of darkness, whether career-wise, politically, economically, through wellness, or through community advocacy.”

Jackson did all of this while she and her husband were raising their autistic son. The event celebration will take place at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts on Fifth Avenue in Shadyside.

Sponsors for the 25th Anniversary celebration include UPMC, Dollar Bank, FedEx, SD Transit, Moriarty Consultants, and Debbie Hickman’s Prepaid Legal Services.

OWN: Onyx Woman Network Celebrates 25-Year Milestone With a Salute to Pittsburgh’s Top 25 – Anniversary Celebration

25thAnnivFB

(July 25, 2016) PITTSBURGH – On Saturday, September 17, 2016, Ola Jackson, the creator of OWN: The Onyx Woman Network and publisher of Onyx Woman Magazine, will commemorate her milestone in business by honoring 25 other women of achievement.

A quarter-century of advocacy for women of color with career and entrepreneurial pursuits, Onyx Woman Magazine is looking forward while honoring past accomplishments and 25 ladies who are the embodiment of the Onyx Woman mission.

Ola says her goal for this 25th anniversary event is to be able to acknowledge other awesome women who have withstood the test of time; women who are diverse in their careers, in their businesses, in community activism, and in the political arena.

The dynamic women who were selected are referred to as “Pittsburgh’s Top 25.” Ola says, “I based my selection on my admiration for their passion to live their purpose and their mission to be a light that shines brightly enough to lead other people out of darkness, whether career-wise, politically, economically, through wellness, or through community advocacy.”

Jackson did all of this while she and her husband were raising their autistic son. The event celebration will take place at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts on Fifth Avenue in Shadyside.

Sponsors for the 25th Anniversary celebration include UPMC, Dollar Bank, FedEx, SD Transit, Moriarty Consultants, and Debbie Hickman’s Prepaid Legal Services.