D.C. Everest sweeps singles, edge Marshfield girls tennis

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD – D.C. Everest swept the four singles matches and remained unbeaten in the Wisconsin Valley Conference, edging Marshfield 4-3 in a dual match Tuesday at Boson Courts.Marshfield won all three doubles matches but couldn’t break through in singles in its home finale.Olivia Haessly and Emily Serchen won at No. 1 doubles, Martha Kupfer and Jenny Madden did not lose a game at No. 2, and Autumn Packard and Krishna Patel swept two sets at No. 3 for Marshfield.The Tigers dropped two tight matches in singles. Ashley Schultz lost to Kenzie Bradley at No. 2, 7-6, 7-5, and Hanah Gadke took Carmen Gennermann to three sets at No. 3, but fell 7-6, 4-6, 6-1.Marshfield (3-2 Wisconsin Valley Conference) wraps up its conference dual meet schedule Thursday at Wausau East.D.C. Everest 4, Marshfield 3Singles: 1. Gabi Kitchell (DC) def. Lara Prebble 6-1, 6-0; 2. Kenzie Bradley (DC) def. Ashley Schultz 7-6 (5), 7-5; 3. Carmen Gennermann (DC) def. Hanah Gadke 7-6 (0), 4-6, 6-1; 4. Nicole Williams (DC) def. Maggie Schreiner 6-2, 6-4.Doubles: 1. Olivia Haessly-Emily Serchen (M) def. Emily Adams-Kristin Holue 6-3, 6-1; 2. Martha Kupfer-Jenny Madden (M) def. Taylor Melk-Kaylee Heiting 6-0, 6-0; 3. Autumn Packard-Krishna Patel (M) def. Ryanne Wolfe-Megan Ninnemann 6-2, 6-1.Records: D.C. Everest 5-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 3-2 WVC.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of  MarshfieldAreaSports.com).last_img read more

How To Bring Meditation to the Workplace

first_imgEva Del RioLast week I discussed the benefits of meditation in the workplace, pointing out it promises to increase productivity, focus, employee cohesion and resistance to stress. So what’s the best way to bring meditation into the workplace?Let’s pick up where we left off.Make meditation acceptable in your workplace culture. Even though practicing meditation at home has gone mainstream, it’s still not widely accepted -and seen as we strange- if practiced at work. One way to telegraph that it’s acceptable is to invite a speaker to a lunch-and-learn so employees can hear about the topic. “Mindfulness” meditation is the most generally accepted form, the one featured on the cover of business magazines, so it’s safe to start there.Find a champion. This might be an employee, or a manager. Someone who is already committed to the practice and is familiar with the logistics and basics; this will make others feel at ease. What if there’s no such person? Don’t worry, someone who is new to meditation but interested in its potential, will work just as well. Just make sure there is a person who takes the lead and believes in the effort.Provide a place to practice. You don’t need a meditation hall with cushions and incense. All you need is a conference room, break room, or some other quiet space.   This might mean opening your doors a little earlier for employees who want to practice 15 min before work. Or provide access during lunch or after work to an area that may normally be locked or inaccessible. It may sound counterintuitive that employees will stay late before going home, but it happens.Take advantage of technology. Recommend free meditation apps that everyone can use. This way the practice and the benefits can go home with employees. Who doesn’t want to sleep better? Be less anxious? Feel 10% happier? All this will soon be obvious to any employees who take interest in the practice. Note: the workplace practice itself can be based one of these free apps.Recommended free apps:Calm – 7 Daily 10-minute guided meditations. Not just for meditation, keep it open in the background for soothing sounds throughout the day.10% Happier Named after the book by Dan Harris  a news anchor who famously had a panic attack on live TV, an experience that led him to meditation. If other apps don’t speak your language, or sound too flaky, this “meditation for fidgety skeptics” might be for you. Insight TimerIt’s simple, intuitive and user friendly. The free version let’s you set a time, sounds, periodic bells.Hope these tips encourage you to bring mindfulness meditation to the workplace. There’s no downside, it’s a perk, it’s cheap and it may make your workplace 10% happier. Originally published on HR Boxlast_img read more

Shoplifter Fatally Shot at Mall by Police; 2nd Suspect Arrested

first_imgOfficers were responding to reports of a theft at the Macy’s at Park Meadows at around 8:20 p.m. Thursday, when a suspect, later identified as Kenneth Joseph Sisneros, 34, was shot and killed by police.Sisneros reportedly pulled out a gun as both he and a female accomplice tried to escape. It’s still unclear if Sisneros fired his weapon at the cops.A Colorado woman believed to be the second shoplifting suspect wanted following the shooting at the mall on Thursday has been arrested by Lone Tree police. Mercedes Cruz, 27, was arrested at a Littleton hotel at about 3 a.m. Sunday, City of Lone Tree officials said in a tweet just before 10 a.m. Sunday.   She faces charges of aggravated robbery and possession of meth amphetamines, police said in a news release.   [Source: The Denver Channel]- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

3D Bioprinting: Synthesizing Human Tissues and Organs

first_img3D-printing applications are becoming common in manufacturing, art design, product development, and architecture. Recent innovations are advancing how artificial tissues and human organs can be created using bioprinting. Researchers at UC Berkeley found that using cryogenic techniques they were able to speed up the printing process by stacking 2D layers of cells and binding them together into a 3D structure. . Bioprinting is an area where 3D-printing techniques have been applied to the fabrication of bioparts and tissues using living cells. Bioprinting is increasingly being used in medicine and bioengineering. Rohan Shirwaiker, NC State associate professor, said that “we’ve reached the point where we are able to create medical products, such as knee implants, by printing living cells. But one challenge has been organizing the cells that are being printed, so that the engineered tissue more closely mimics natural tissues.”center_img At NC State an ultrasonic technique was used to better control the alignment of cells during the printing process, allowing researchers to precisely control cell placement to achieve improved strength and flexibility characteristics. The 3D Bioprinting market was $385 million in the US in 2018 and is growing at a rate of 25 percent annually, according to ResearchAndMarkets.com. Zichen Ziao, UC Berkeley Researcher, described the technique, saying that “it’s like making a hamburger in a very cool — cryogenic — solution. You already print multiple layers, and you basically pick up one layer and stack them on top of each other. You put the bottom bread there first and put whatever layer you want on top of it. By the process of freezing, it keeps its rigid structure, and the cells are still alive.”last_img read more