Real estate industry remodeled

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. – COVID–19 has certainly changed the way many businesses who have interaction with clients will operate once we enter our new normal.Since Governor Whitmer’s executive order, real estate agents have not been able to show properties, go into homes for viewings and even transport clients to the showings.According to Banner Realty owner, Margie Haaxma, there was no movement in April as a result of the restrictions.Having to take out the personal touch of serving clients has left agents forced to embrace selling virtually.Margie has been in the business for 40 years and said she has seen her share of fluctuations in the market.She acknowledges that COVID–19 is a unique experience but is confident that her industry will not be defeated.Margie said the new rules for realtors goes into effect may 7, 2020 which means only four people in a home at a time all using protective coverings over the mouth and hands.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Zoomed in after passing the barNext Survey finds 84 percent of Americans want another wave of stimulus checkslast_img read more

Rock of Redemption

first_imgIn regards to the University of Pittsburgh, Hubbard Hollensworth and Harry Ray Wooten were the first student athletes enrolled at Pitt in 1911. However it would take until 1945, 34 years for any genuine notice to be given to them or any other African American athlete to attend the University.In 1944 Jimmy Joe Robinson, who eventually became Rev. Jimmy Joe Robinson was an outstanding running back from the small town of Connellsville, Pa. In 1945 he was awarded the first full football scholarship given to a Black athlete to attend and play at Pitt.Reverend Robinson reflects: “I was recruited by Clark Shaughnessy who came in to coach Pitt from Stanford. I was attending Connellsville High School. I was the first ‘recruited’ Black football player to play at the University of Pittsburgh. I can’t recall the impact that the first Black athletes admitted to Pitt might have had. I was 17 years old from a small town and I had no idea about any Black role models or heroes that might have attended the University of Pittsburgh before I did. I was from a small town. I had no idea about racism at Pitt or anywhere else. One incident stands out in my mind. I went out to dinner one day with a group of young White players that had been recruited.We went into a restaurant in Oakland. We sat down at our tables to order our meal. The waitress kept zipping by us. One of the young men inquired as to what was going on?The waitress responded, ‘My manager says that we can’t serve him,’ and pointed to me. This was in Oakland. So the group of players that I was with took the tables and turned them upside down and walked out angry. I was so naïve I continued to sit there wondering what was going on because I was taught as a youngster to know my place. There were formal Jim Crow laws in the South but there were unwritten laws in the North. Up to that point I had not experienced racism because I played football in high school with a lot of White players that had also made the Pitt squad.The team and the University were not the real problem it was Oakland. When we played other teams they were not teams from the South. Mostly all of the teams that we played were northern teams, Big Ten teams, etc. I was called a lot of names but it was nothing like what Jackie Robinson had to face when he integrated Major League Baseball two years [1947] after I received my football scholarship. Rev. Robinson also felt that his contribution has had a minimal impact the athletes of the present.What we endured and sacrificed for the most part has never been taught to the youth of today because most Black parents nowadays don’t really teach their kids about the struggles of the past.”As far as race being a factor in determining his grades Rev. Robinson had this to say; “As far as my grades being affected by my race, I really have no evidence of that.” Reverend Robinson went on to “congratulate Pitt and the African American Alumni Council [for hosting] The Forefront of a Century of Change celebration which will be held May 10 at the Petersen Events Center celebrating this historical event.” He also said that he would “participate and function in any role that the University asked of him.”Linda Wharton-Boyd, current president of the Pitt African American Alumni Council spoke with me from her office in the nation’s capital and said that “while traveling the country she had a vision to reconnect African American alumni to the University. Over the past few years I have been attempting to re-connect the University of Pittsburgh to its national African American alumni base. The sports alumnus represents just one of the segments that should be reconnected. The ultimate goal is to connect to, health care professionals and legal professionals as well.” She has also spearheaded a fundraising effort to raise five million dollars toward that effort of which close to 3 million dollars of that sum has been realized to date.“This is a monumental event for the University of Pittsburgh, embracing both the past and the future,” said University of Pittsburgh Athletic Director Steve Pedersen. “We are excited and honored to be welcoming back many Panther greats to this celebration.“The unprecedented event will commemorate the achievements of African-American student-athletes the past 100 years at the University of Pittsburgh. The celebration will be hosted by famed sports­caster Bob Costas.Costas, winner of 21 Emmy Awards, is one of the most recognized and accomplished figures in sports broadcasting. Costas—with NBC Sports since 1979—has covered nearly every major sport, but is most identified with the Olympics and baseball.Herb Douglas, president emeritus of the International Amateur Athletic Association, Inc. and a member of the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees, is serving as dinner chair.“The contribution of African-American student-athletes has been significant in the history of the University of Pittsburgh. This event is an evening to celebrate where we are and where we have come the last 100 years,” said Douglas. “There is, however, always room for improvement and we have to engage ourselves and strive for continued excellence from all our athletes” (from the University of Pittsburgh press release).(For event and ticket information call the University of Pittsburgh at 412-624-2939.) (Aubrey Bruce can be reached at [email protected]­ or 412-583-6741.) The year was 1911. The industrial revolution was going strong in the industrial capital of the world. South of the Mason-Dixon line, Jim Crow laws were etched in stone. Pittsburgh was situated just above the North-South boundary. There were no official “James Crow” laws in place but the unacceptable law of racial exclusion was imprinted on the hearts of some from all points, north, south, east and west in America.last_img read more

Game Day Preview: Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers

first_imgAt 2-6 the Steelers find themselves just trying to find a way to win a game or two. They are playing a pretty poor Buffalo team that may provide the Steelers the game they’ve been looking for.At this point however, no team is an easy win for the black and gold. The thought of playoffs and even a .500 record need to go away. It’s all about getting this win and finding out who truly can play in the system and who shouldn’t be here in 2014. That sentiment goes for the coaches too.  In this Sept. 29, 2013 file photo, Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) looks to pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Bills rookie quarterback on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, declared himself ready to return after missing four weeks with a sprained right knee. All that’s standing in Manuel’s way is a green light from coach Doug Marrone. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert, File) A group of veterans pose for a picture as part of the NFL’s tribute to service at Heinz Field before the start of an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) Here are the Keys to A Steelers Victory:They have to forget the past eight games. Losing is contagious and when you lose as often as these guys have, you forget how to win. It sounds ridiculous but it’s true. If the Steelers run into trouble or find themselves behind, they can’t let what’s happened in the first eight games dictate this game. If they do, they could fall flat on their face, again.There seemed to be an incredible amount of miscommunication in last week’s game with guys missing blocks, running the wrong routes or running the play to the wrong side of the field. When you do that against any team, they’ll make you pay. The team needs to be prepared and come out firing on all cylinders.Stopping dynamic rookie EJ Manuel is a must. He’s been hurt for five weeks but returns on Sunday. He should be a bit rusty and the Steelers must blitz him and confuse him.  They can’t let him get outside the pocket or build confidence in any way.  The offensive line, as usual, is going to need to keep Ben clean. They stink, there is no way around that but they need to step it up for once and keep their QB upright. He is too valuable to let him get hit the way they do.  If they can keep the sacks to one or two, they’ll be in for a huge day from Big Ben.  Here are a Few Things to Watch:LeVeon Bell-He’s up, he’s down, he’s up, he’s down. What will he do this week?  The defense as a whole-They were torched for 610 yards and 55 points last week. They should be embarrassed and come out with a fire under them. Will they get the job done and play aggressive, Steeler football?Antonio Brown-I fully expect a huge game from Brown. He was benched by Mike Tomlin at the end of last week for running the wrong route that resulted in an interception. He’s got to be the number one guy on this team and he can’t do that kind of stuff. How will he respond?Jerricho Cotchery-He may be the most reliable receiver on the team. He had a huge day last week, will Big Ben go back to him again this week? Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at  [email protected]last_img read more

5 lessons India can take from their crushing 10-wicket defeat to Australia

first_imgImage Courtesy: PTI/APAdvertisement i7ihsNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs56v8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Euov( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) n4wWould you ever consider trying this?😱purCan your students do this? 🌚zkRoller skating! Powered by Firework India’s 5 match One Day International series against Australia started off with a disheartening defeat agains the visitors. In the first match at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday, Team India not only were all bowled out on 255 runs with still 5 balls left, they couldn’t defend their total against a swashbuckling partnership of the two Aussie openers David Warner and the skipper Aaron Finch, who vehemently dominated over the Indian bowling squad and chased down the target by the 38th over, without losing a single wicket. So, what can Virat Kohli and his squad learn from the crushing defeat?Advertisement Image Courtesy: PTI/APTo produce a substantial total in the first innings:Against a team like Australia in an ODI game, anything less than 300 runs in the first innings, i.e giving them an run per over target of atleast 6.0 is necessary. Unfortunately, the Men in Blues fell short of that by 45 runs, ending their innings with 255.David Warner (left) and Aaron Finch (right) chased down the target with sheer brilliance. (Image Courtesy: BCCI/AFP)The visitors won the toss and Finch opted to field first. While having the advantage of home soil, the Indian batsmen couldn’t match their oppositing’s bowling counterparts, except Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul, who scored 74 and 47 runs respectively. Unfortunately, none of the other hitters of the Indian batting order went past 30 runs each.Advertisement Not changing up the already effective batting order:While Dhawan and Rahul were on a tussle for the opener spot alongside the team’s first choice Rohit Sharma, captain Kohli decided to do an experiment, and gave both of them a place in the squad However, the decision had backfired, as ICC’s 1st and 2nd ranked batsmen Kohli and Rohit both failed to produce an appreciable knock.Dhawan and Rahul were the only ones managing to produce appreciable scores. (Image Courtesy: PTI)While Rohit Sharma had an amazing spell in last month’s ODI series against West Indies, the absence of his regular partner Rahul on the 22 yards proved dertimental, as the Mumbaiker lost his wicket in the 5th over after just scoring 10 runs.Advertisement Virat Kohli to retain his spot in the batting order:Virat Kohli, who is the top ranked batsman in ICC’s ODI batting rankings, was on high expectations from the supporters. But, the skipper moved down one spot in the batting order to 4th, giving his usual 1 down spot to Rahul.The decision backfired, as the 31 year old managed to scored only 16 runs, before getting caught and bowled by Adam Zampa. In a high tension game such as yesterday, the skipper himself needed to retain his batting order spot to be able to face more deliveries.Virat Kohli left the pitch after just 16 runs. (Image Courtesy: AP)An improved performance from the middle order:After captain Kohli lost his wicket in the 32nd over, all the following Indian batsmen were unsuccessful to rack up the total. The young and talented Shreyas Iyer found himself in the mud after leaving for the dugout with only 4 runs to his name, and Rishab Pant, Ravindra Jadeja failed to lengthen the appreciable effort earlier from the Dhawan and Rahul duo.Pant (left) and Jadeja (right) were expected to perform better on the 22 yards. (Image Courtesy: TOI/PTI)A proper defending of the score from the Indian bowling squad:Despite receiving numerous praises from pundits and supproters of the cricketing fandom, all of Team India’s bowlers bit the dust against the dominating Aussie duo Warner and Finch. Jasprit Bumrah, the ICC’s world no. 1 ODI bowler and hailed to be one of the best in the world, couldn’t manage to pick any wickets and gave up 50 runs from 7 overs.Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami clueless on defending their score. (Image Courtesy: AP)Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja couldn’t make a dent in Australia’s batting prowess. The match also saw a high number of extras from the hosts, 20 in total.There was also no shortage of boundaries from the chasers. Warner and Finch together converted an astounding 30 deliveries into boundaries and 5 into sixes.It is expected that Team India learns from their mistakes in the previous game, and prepares themselves accordingly for Friday, the second and series decider match at the  the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.Also read-Aussie legend Ricky Ponting predicts ODI scoreline: “Australia full of confidence”Australia created history by smashing India in the 1st ODI. Find out how! Advertisementlast_img read more