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Our female Heads of Departments and Management Staff were recently trained in leadership skills. The reason we did this is because we believe that leadership roles should be filled by those most capable of getting the job done but also realize the cultural challenges women face every day in a male dominated environment.

The training focused on (1) facing problems and solving them, (2) The power of transparent communication and clear instructions, (3) dealing with difficult people, (4) the importance of giving feedback, (5) courage, and (6) training others.

The ladies enjoyed the training in collaboration with Jobortunity and are very motivated to put their newly acquired skills into practice.

Welcome to our Harrisburg Senators mailbag

Curious about something regarding the Senators, minor league baseball (or MLB) in general, the Eastern League, any of the players, coaches or front office personnel, the ballpark, or anything else related to the great game?

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Note: We have a handful of questions “in the bag” right now. cheap jerseys So if you haven’t seen them answered yet, we will get to the soon.

Nationals assistant general manager Doug Harris and Senators president Kevin Kulp helped with this batch.

Q: Why do the Nationals have a “no beard” policy in the minor leagues, but Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche look like they stepped off the set of Duck Dynasty?

A: Harris explains that there are two sets of guidelines within the organization. From the rookie leagues up through Double A, players are expected to be [at least relatively] clean shaven. There’s more liberty in Triple A, as those players are more likely to go back and forth to the big leagues. Obviously the big league players do what they do. “Actually our players police each other,” Harris said.

Q: We all know that the minor leagues are working to develop players. But are the Washington Nationals concerned that the Senators are off to such a slow start?

A: “Concern for me kind of means worry,” Harris said. “Our mindset at this point is we want all of our players to be successful. Our goal is for all of our players to continue to develop and be successful, and a byproduct is a successful team. At this point the goals are to fix the issues at hand.”

With several Senators hitters breaking out of recent slumps and the starting pitchers working more effectively and deeper into games, the team could be ready to rebound from its sluggish spring. And sometimes, like Saturday with the camouflage jerseys, the uniforms are dictated far in advance.

But, Harris says, “by and large it’s decided by [that day's] starting pitcher. And without speaking for all the pitchers, I’m sure there are some superstitions that come with this. A club on a winning streak of some sort may want to stay with a certain uniform combination.”

Q: We all know that many baseballs are used during each game. How many are prepared for each game? Who orders the baseballs? Any stats on how many the Harrisburg Senators order per season?

A: “We do go through some baseballs,” Kulp said. “Many are hit out of play and become souvenirs. Many others are deemed unplayable by the umpire, and the balls are retired to a long life serving as a batting practice ball.

“The umpires prepare about 6 8 dozen balls before each game. They rub a special mud into them to give them a better feel and grip.

“The amount of balls we go through each game varies mostly on weather. If it’s wet outside, the umpire tends to throw out a lot of balls. It also varies a bit on the umpire and what he deems is an insufficient ball based on scuff marks, etc.

TVs that offer the most bang for your buck

From sports to streaming movies, today’s best and most innovative televisions bring the theater experience into the living room. They generate stunning colors, contrast, clarity, resolution and audio, and they’re complemented by an impressive menu of features. They’re also prohibitively expensive for many buyers.

It is, however, possible to pick up an excellent, feature rich television below the absolute top of the line, but that still delivers high quality picture and sound without skimping on features. The methodology is incredibly thorough.

Each TV on the list was released between 2014 and 2016. Each entry has a Smart Rating of at least 70. Smart Rating is a weighted average combining expert reviews, features and connectivity, pandora jewelry and sound quality considerations. Finally, each has a diagonal screen size of at least 32 inches.

From there, the team computed two metrics: price per inch (price divided by screen size) and price per vertical pixel (price divided by vertical height). The TVs that met the above criteria were then sorted by price per inch in ascending order, as well as by price per vertical pixel, also in ascending order. Next, they took the average ranking of these two categories to create an average ranking column, which determined the order of the list.

Note: Duplicates on the list were removed to avoid having too many similar TVs. They achieved this by simply removing a TV if it was part of the same series as a TV that ranked above it.

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Fayetteville Flyers wheelchair basketball team provide full

They’re undefeated in conference play this season with an overall record of 21 4. The remaining four games will be played at home this month, including two games on Saturday. The conference tournament starts in March and features teams from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

On Feb. 2, the Flyers played a doubleheader against the visiting Triad Trackers from Winston Salem inside the gymnasium at Massey Hill Classical High School. The gym on Southern Avenue looks like an old tobacco warehouse with interior brick walls and large, square paneled windows. About a dozen fans sat in bleachers on one side.

Players hollered instructions from the floor and encouragement from the sidelines.

The Flyers team has 10 players, each with his own story about how he ended up in a wheelchair.

Tee Foster, one of the Flyers’ top scorers, was run over by a Humvee in 1992 while in the field for the Army.wholesale jerseys He broke his spinal cord and vertebrae. He has been playing wheelchair basketball for 18 years.

“It keeps me fit,” the 43 year old said. “I always tell people it’s like bumper cars.”

Foster’s hands were smudged on this Saturday by the frequent contact with the rubber wheels, which have large spokes like a bicycle. The chairs used in the game each have a tiny third wheel in the back to help maintain balance.

Foster is 6 foot 1 and is married with four children. He shaves his head and trims his graying mustache. He has some use of his legs and can drive himself and walk around the house with crutches.

But on the court, he sometimes sees players with a worse physical disability than his.

“It helps me be even more grateful,” Foster said.

Another Flyers player, Randy Holland, lost the use of his legs after a car accident in Alabama in 1987.

“I ran over some black ice,” said Holland, who is 48 and lives in Goldsboro.

Holland said wheelchair basketball can inspire others to view those with handicaps in a positive light.

“I don’t look at it as a disability,” he said. “I look at it as an ability.”

Cortez Graham, who is 31, was shot in Raleigh in 2007 during a robbery. Someone stole his necklace and then shot him in the back. He was in the hospital for two months, and his spine was damaged.

“My legs burn like crazy all the time,” Graham, who lumbered his 6 foot 4 frame into a sport wheelchair for a practice in late January.

Graham said he played basketball briefly for Shaw University in Raleigh before the shooting.

“It’s different from the way I used to play,” he said, shooting free throws while seated in the chair 15 feet from the basket.

Someone suggested he try wheelchair basketball, so he joined the Flyers this season.

“When I started playing, I actually liked it,” he said.

Before the tipoff Saturday, they smiled and shook hands, and a referee used a tape measure to make sure none of the wheelchairs were taller than 21 inches.

The Flyers follow college basketball rules, though the rules are somewhat adapted. Players are ranked by skill level and disability, and there are limits on how many highly skilled players can be on the floor at once. Leaping out of the chair is a technical foul. When a player in an aggressive move topples over onto the floor, a referee sounds the whistle.

Moving with the basketball is different, too. Players can coast in their chairs while holding onto the ball. But after pushing on their wheels more than twice, they must dribble before they push again. Otherwise they are guilty of traveling.

In the first game, the Triad Trackers scored first. The Flyers, wearing black and orange jerseys, raced toward their basket.

Altherr facing long road back

TAMPA, Fla. Once a surgeon repaired the torn extensor carpi ulnaris retinaculum in Mark Teixeira’s right wrist, the Yankees first baseman was optimistic. Doctors told Teixeira he would rest for four or five months and be 100 percent healed at six months the same timetable offered for Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr, who underwent the surgery last week.

The 35 year old slugger recalled the times after his July 1, 2013, surgery as some of the worst, a warning of what possibly lies ahead for Altherr, a young player the Phillies planned to learn more about in 2016.

The Phillies are hopeful that Altherr can return sometime this season.wholesale nfl jerseys Teixeira made it back for the entire 2014 season, which was one of the worst of his career. He blamed the wrist.

“It bothered me probably for 18 months,” Teixeira said. “At 18 months, I didn’t feel it anymore. Now, you can play maybe at six months, but the kind of hitter I am, I really need my wrists. It’s just the way it is. Yeah, you can swing and you can play, but it bothered me for a while.”

The surgery for a torn wrist tendon sheath is not common in baseball. No injury is the same; hitters have different swings and different recovery capabilities. Altherr’s experience is not guaranteed to mirror Teixeira’s. Altherr, of course, is eight years younger than Teixeira was when he underwent the surgery.

But Teixeira said he consulted Jose Bautista and David Ortiz, both of whom suffered an injury to the tendon sheath at various degrees of severity. Bautista had surgery; Ortiz did not.

“I talked to them,” Teixeira said. “They all told me the same thing: ‘Yeah, you could play after six months. But it’s going to take a while before you really feel good.’ ”

Hitters will say their power stroke is one of the last things to return after an injury to the wrist. Teixeira, who owned a career .527 slugging percentage before the injury, slogged to a .398 clip in 2014. He bounced back in 2015 with a .548 slugging percentage.

He tried to play through the pain during the early portion of the 2013 season but finally conceded that overuse contributed to it. Teixeira said he altered his swing in 2014 to compensate for the hurt wrist.

“So I didn’t have the power, and my swing went down the tubes,” Teixeira said. “That was a tough thing.”

He needed three cortisone injections during the 2014 season to quell the inflammation in his wrist. The injury, Teixeira said, hindered him beyond just swinging a bat.

“That was the other thing that was tough. Half of the time when you’re working out, you’re grabbing something,” Teixeira said. “You are holding onto weights. You’re grabbing onto a bar. And I couldn’t do that for six months, either. So I wasn’t able to work out as hard as I would have liked. I wasn’t as strong. You add that into having a sore wrist and it’s a tough situation.”

Teixeira said he had no prior wrist problems. He likened his injury to a pitcher’s elbow blowing out after overuse.

Altherr, who had less serious surgery on his right wrist in 2013, requested a second opinion last week on his left wrist from Keith Raskin, the New York hand surgeon who operated on Teixeira. Surgery was decided as the best course for Altherr, who impressed with a .489 slugging percentage and 20 extra base hits in 39 games last season. He has not returned to Phillies camp.

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Vroege herfst wilde kalkoen seizoen is aan de gang in sommige eenheden. Muzzleloader herten en elanden jagers samen met patrijs en kwartel jagers kregen hun start afgelopen weekend.

De meest populaire jacht seizoenen in Washington zal de gang zaterdag krijgen, als jagers met moderne vuurwapens zal nemen om het veld voor herten en watervogels.

‘Vorig jaar ‘s herten oogst was de hoogste in onze staat sinds 2004, maar de droogte duurde minder van een tol deze zomer en overwinteren overleving was gunstig in de meeste gebieden,’ zegt Jerry Nelson, canada goose outlet Washington Department of Fish en herten en elanden Wildlife manager.

‘We verwachten een sterk seizoen,’ zei WDFW watervogels manager Kyle Spragens. ‘De omstandigheden wijzen op een goed jaar voor brood productie, wat geweldig is voor watervogels jagers zolang genoeg regen valt tijdens het jachtseizoen.’

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The 2014 2015 NBA season kicks off tomorrow with preseason play between the New Orleans Pelicans and Miami Heat.

Last season was plagued by injuries to the league most noted stars, but this offseason proved to be full of action: the draft, big announcements, players sporting new jerseys, coaching changes and the controversies just to name a few. All of this and more should get us excited about the upcoming season; it should be an entertaining one.

LeBron James left the Cavs four years ago after a disappointing Game 5 loss to the Boston Celtics. On Friday, July 11th, Cavs fans received the news they were hoping for the King announced his return back to the team. Despite Cavaliers fans burning James jerseys, throwing away No. 23 memorabilia; they were able to easily forgive. The King will debut in regular season play with his new, old team on October 30th against the Knicks. The biggest question is whether or not the new big three in James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving will have chemistry on the court? We will just have to wait and see, but one thing is for sure, the number 23 is back to stay; well at least for the next two years.

This is the season that all Chicago Bulls fans have been waiting for. Derrick Rose is back after two straight season ending knee injuries. Will he go back to his strong play in 2011 before the injuries? Although he contributed to the USA FIBA gold medal title, the level of competition is nothing compared to what in the NBA. The former MVP will make his regular season debut at the Madison Square Garden on October 29th.

Kobe Bryant addressed the media this week expressing that patience is going to play a key role this season. Coming off back to back season ending injuries (2012 2013 season ending Achilles injury and December 2013 2014 season ending left knee lateral tibial plateau fracture), Kobe will hit the court in regular season play on October 28th. At 36 years old, his 18 year career is assumingly coming to a close. Kobe, along with veteran Steve Nash, will try to repair a struggling Lakers team. It may take more time than expected to fix the once championship contender Los Angeles Lakers, but at least the Mamba is back.

The NBA owns Christmas Day. But, last season play seemed uneventful due to several key players out (Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, etc.) and big blowout games. If all the league best returning and current stars stay healthy, this year should be a jolly Christmas Day. The New York Knicks will host John Wall and the Wizards to kick off the day play. Then, there a rematch of the Western Conference Finals matchup when the Thunder go to AT Center to take on the NBA champions, the Spurs. Up next is LeBron James return to South Beach to play the Heat. Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose will face each other as the Lakers go to Chicago. The final game of the day will be the emerging rivalry in California between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers. If all goes as planned, each game should be thrilling.

The draft brought some rookies that will have significant playing time on suffering teams this season. As a result, the rookies will have to make a significant impact on their respective teams. Look for guards Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine to provide aide to the new look Minnesota Timberwolves. Also be on the lookout for the young combination between Jabari Parker and 2nd year player Giannis Antetokounmpo on the Milwaukee Bucks. Other notables are Julius Randle (Lakers), Marcus Smart (Celtics), Tyler Ennis (Suns) and Shabazz Napier (Heat).

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