first_img CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced it will expand electronic trading hours in its CBOT grain and oilseed futures and options beginning Monday, May 14, 2012. This will expand market access to CBOT Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Soybean Meal, Soybean Oil, Oats and Rough Rice futures and options on CME Globex to 22 hours per day.“As we’ve grown our customer base in agricultural commodities around the globe, we’ve received increased interest in expanding market access by providing longer trading hours,” said Tim Andriesen, Managing Director, Agricultural Commodities and Alternative Investments, CME Group. “In particular, customers are looking to manage their price risk in our deep, liquid markets during market-moving events like USDA crop reports. In response to customer feedback, we’re expanding trading hours for our grain and oilseed products to ensure customers have even greater access to these effective price discovery tools.”Beginning, May 13 for trade date May 14, customers will have expanded access to CBOT corn, soybeans, wheat, soybean meal and soybean oil futures and options on CME Globex as follows:Sunday to Monday, 5:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CTMonday to Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT.Open-outcry trading hours will continue to operate from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. CT Monday to Friday.As the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group is where the world comes to manage risk.  CME Group exchanges offer the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather and real estate.  CME Group brings buyers and sellers together through its CME Globex® electronic trading platform and its trading facilities in New York and Chicago.  CME Group also operates CME Clearing, one of the world’s leading central counterparty clearing providers, which offers clearing and settlement services for exchange-traded contracts, as well as for over-the-counter derivatives transactions through CME ClearPort®. These products and services ensure that businesses everywhere can substantially mitigate counterparty credit risk in both listed and over-the-counter derivatives markets.CME Group is a trademark of CME Group Inc. The Globe Logo, CME, Globex and Chicago Mercantile Exchange are trademarks of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.  CBOT and the Chicago Board of Trade are trademarks of the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, Inc.  NYMEX, New York Mercantile Exchange and ClearPort are registered trademarks of New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. COMEX is a trademark of Commodity Exchange, Inc.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Further information about CME Group (NASDAQ: CME) and its products can be found atwww.cmegroup.com.SOURCE: CME Group Home Indiana Agriculture News CME Group to Expand CBOT Grain and Oilseed Trading Hours SHARE By Andy Eubank – May 2, 2012 Facebook Twitter CME Group to Expand CBOT Grain and Oilseed Trading Hours Previous articleLikely a Long Way Yet for New Farm BillNext articleBOAH Says Vaccinations Extremely Important This Spring Andy Eubank SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Homeowners Impacted by Sandy Face Uncertainty Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Borrowers Disaster Foreclosure Hurricane Lenders New Jersey Super Storm Sandy victims Previous: Mortgage Servicing Professionals Convene for Industry Summit Next: Fannie Mae Reevaluates Economic Growth Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojha  Print This Post Homeowners Impacted by Sandy Face Uncertainty Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Lawmakers in New Jersey are meeting this week to relook at extending a July 1 deadline after which foreclosure protection for victims of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy is likely to expire.For hundreds of victims who are still rebuilding their properties, this could be a worst case scenario according to a report by Asbury Park Press (App.).The report noted that the protection which was signed into law in 2017 by Gov. Chris Christie, “allows residents participating in certain recovery programs to get a state-sanctioned reprieve” from foreclosures by banks until July 1, 2019. Once the protection expires, residents who have only received building permits recently are likely to be most affected as banks will move in to foreclose those homes.The deadline becomes even more important in the face of legislation that was passed by the state’s assembly in March this year to extend the deadline to 2022. However, the State Senate hasn’t voted on this legislation yet. App., in its report, said that the Senate was likely to deliberate on it this week.”The banks started sending out letters last month,” Jody Stewart of the New Jersey Organizing Project told App. “We have hundreds of people depending on that (law). If they don’t have that they don’t know if they’ll be able to finish their recovery.”According to the latest state report on Hurricane Sandy recovery that was published in April, around 900 residents are still in the process of rebuilding their homes. In the meantime, senators who had originally sponsored the bill to extend the deadline to 2022 are saying that they will get the vote on the extension before the foreclosure protections expire.”Too many New Jersey families are still waiting to move into their homes and on with their lives six years after Sandy, so it’s completely unfair these families have to face the possibility of foreclosure while they are fighting with the bureaucracy to finish repairing their homes,” Sen. Chris Brown, one of the sponsors of the bill told App. in a statement. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News June 17, 2019 1,234 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Borrowers Disaster Foreclosure Hurricane Lenders New Jersey Super Storm Sandy victims 2019-06-17 Radhika Ojha Subscribelast_img read more


first_imgHenry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, has announced the appointment of 14 new fellows for fall 2010.“The fellows program is the jewel in the crown of the Du Bois Institute, and this fall’s fellows will be key contributors both to the field of African and African American Studies in general and to the Harvard community in particular,” said Gates. “We have a number of ‘firsts’ this year, including our first Hiphop Archive fellow and our first teaching fellows in the Department of African and African American Studies. These institutional innovations will make the fellowship program stronger than ever.”Du Bois Fellows present their work in a weekly colloquium series, held at noon on Wednesdays in the Barker Center at 12 Quincy St., and lead workshops on critical areas in African and African-American research that are offered to selected scholars, sister research institutes, and by invitation. This fall, workshops will be offered on “Transatlantic Black Performance in Literary Theory,” “African American Theater and the ‘Self,’” and “Specters of Marxism.” Du Bois Fellows also participate in the varied activities of the Institute, including public conferences and major lecture series (W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures, Nathan I. Huggins Lectures, Alain Leroy Locke Lectures, and McMillan-Stewart Lectures).This year’s Du Bois Fellows are David Bindman, Todd Carmody, Adrienne L. Childs, Grey Gundaker, Meagan Healey, Theodore Miller, Jonathan Munby, Sophie Oldfield, Ronald K. Richardson, Mark Solomon, Nirvana Tanoukhi, Lisa Thompson, Omar Wasow, and Louis Wilson.To read full biographies and learn more about the fellows’ research, visit the Du Bois Institute’s website.last_img read more


first_imgSINN Power has attached two supporting structures for its wave energy converter (WEC) modules to the port wall in Heraklion on Crete, Greece, where the company will install and commission the first two of the total of five of its devices in early July. All five wave energy converter modules, with the revised SINN Power technology, are expected to be installed on the port wall by 2019.The two WEC modules are funded by the German Federal Government and primarily serve to test the updated technology for its functionality.This spring, the production of the individual components, which took place mostly in Germany, was completed and the WEC modules were then transported to Greece by truck. After the arrival of the truck with the components in early May, the SINN Power engineering team began welding the supporting structures, which were recently attached to the breakwater wall.The lifting rods, generators and floating bodies will be assembled in the coming weeks.Once the further three WECs are in place, they will allow for testing the electrical connection of several generators in practice and thus serve the further development of the innovative wave energy technology, the German wave energy developer said.Illustration of the planned WEC test modules at the project site in Heraklion, Crete. Image courtesy of SINN Power.The project is permanently supervised by five to seven SINN Power engineers at the project location in Greece. They monitor the mechanical loads of the revised WEC modules and evaluate the data on the generated electricity.In August 2017, the company was awarded a €1.0 million grant from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to expand its research activities on Crete with additional wave energy converters next to its WEC prototype installed in 2015 at the breakwater wall of the Port of Heraklion.Following the successful completion of the test on the wall-mounted wave energy modules, SINN Power plans to test a floating version of its wave energy converter technology. The planned floating wave energy converter will consist of 18 modules.last_img read more


first_imgLondon: Pakistan fans have made their displeasure known on social media ever since the team’s poor show against arch-rivals India in their World Cup encounter in Manchester and a fresh video has surfaced wherein skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has been compared to a fat pig.Sarfaraz was walking in a mall in England with his son on his lap when a fan stopped him and asked why he was looking like a fat pig. The fan then posted the video on social media.This is not the first time when fans have crossed the line and gotten personal with the Pakistan players. In fact, photos of Shoaib Malik, his wife Sania Mirza and Wahab Riaz partying on the eve of the India-Pakistan game started doing the rounds soon after their loss to Virat Kohli and boys on June 16.In a game that was completely dominated by India, Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir was the only bright spot as he returned figures of 3/47 from his 10 overs. And while the fans were not pleased and took to social media to ridicule the players, Amir had requested them to not use bad words even though they were free to criticise the players.Taking to Twitter, Amir wrote: “Pls dont use bad words for the players yes u guys can criticise our performance we will bounce back InshAllah we need ur support (sic).”Shoaib Malik also added his bit on Twitter and wrote: “On behalf of all athletes I would like to request media and people to maintain respect levels in regards to our families, who should not be dragged into petty discussions at will. It’s not a nice thing to do.”Interestingly, the Pakistan Cricket Board had come out with a clarification that the photos of the players dining and partying till late on the eve of the high-voltage clash was actually not from the eve of the game.“The cricketers did not violate their curfew,” a PCB spokesperson told DawnNewsTV.“The videos and photographs that went viral (on social media) are from two days before the match. The day before the match against India, all the players were in their hotel rooms by curfew time.” IANS Also Read: Fan apologizes for derogatory personal remark on Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmedlast_img read more


first_imgHolding the small group sessions must not conflict with local public health or government restrictions, but is the next step in the league’s hopes of returning to action. A maximum of six players may be assigned to a single group. Teams must submit club-specific plans for the small group sessions to the league. The league said teams may split full fields into two equal halves and teams may define up to six zones per half field, spaced at least 10 feet apart. Only one player may be in each zone at any time to maintain physical distancing. Players may switch zones but two players cannot occupy the same zone.Players may pass and shoot on goal, but all training exercises must allow for 10 feet of distance.The league says all health and safety measures required when teams began individual training must be maintained. Players will be screened, including temperature checks, before being allowed on training fields. All equipment must be cleaned after use.The league-wide moratorium on full team training remains in effect through June 1. May 28, 2020 The season has been suspended since March 8. It will resume with the British Masters in northern England from July 22-25 before five further events in the “UK Swing” across England and Wales.Four Rolex Series events have been rescheduled for October to December. They are the Scottish Open, the BMW PGA Championship, the Nedbank Golf Challenge and then the season-ending World Tour Championship from Dec. 10-13.The tour says details of other tournaments from September to November will be announced later.European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley says the Ryder Cup is still on schedule for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin pending more discussions with the PGA Tour.___ The state has set up several guidelines for leagues to follow, including a recommendation that spectators and employees keep at least 6 feet apart from anyone not from their household. If that is not feasible, other measures such as face coverings and sanitation protocols should be followed.Athletes will not be required to wear masks but the guidelines encourage them to be worn on the sidelines. The order does not address college sports events.___Major League Soccer teams can begin voluntary outdoor small group training sessions. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Iowa athletic director Gary Barta is not ruling out having a full stadium for home football games. Barta told reporters the school is planning for several different scenarios, and one of them is opening 69,250-seat Kinnick Stadium to “as many fans as want to join us.”Barta said the number of fans allowed into the stadium will be determined by directives of state and local health officials.On Tuesday, Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard wrote in a letter to fans that he anticipated Jack Trice Stadium would host games at 50% capacity, or about 30,000 fans.Even if there are no attendance limits at Iowa, Barta said there could be modifications, such as limiting the number of stadium entrances and open concession stands. He said fans might be required to wear masks.___ Individual high schools will be distributing caps and gowns to the students to wear during the festivities.___The Premier League’s official broadcasters say the competition will restart on June 17.The BBC and Sky Sports say there will be a doubleheader on that day with Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United.Playing those make-up games on a Wednesday will ensure the 30th round can be contested the following weekend. ___MotoGP organizers and the Spanish government say they are working to bring the racing series back in the summer.MotoGP promoter Dorna says it is “working hard to try” to resume racing in July, likely with consecutive events at the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera.Spain was set to host four races before the season was put in jeopardy because of the coronavirus pandemic.___ Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says racing will be allowed to resume in the state without spectators.The governor says NASCAR will race at Martinsville Speedway on June 10, and that other forms of auto racing and horse racing also are cleared to resume.“These events will not be open to the public and no spectators will be allowed, among other restrictions,” he says.NASCAR was originally scheduled to make its first of two stops at Martinsville in early May, but the event was postponed because of the coronavirus. It also will visit Richmond Raceway on Sept. 12 and conclude the season with a return to Martinsville on Nov. 1.___ Live horse racing is slated to resume in Maryland this weekend with a three-day session at Laurel Park, which will remain closed to the general public.The Maryland Jockey Club says it has received approval from the Maryland Racing Commission to launch its Summer 2020 meet with live racing on Saturday, but fans are forbidden from entering the track until clearance is received from the state.All races on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be streamed live on the Laurel Park website.___Italy’s top soccer league will resume on June 20. Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki says the recent pass-and-catch video he posted that went viral was inspired by boredom during the coronavirus lockdown.The video shows Gesicki lobbing a football over a multi-story beach house, running through the garage and making the catch on the other side on the run as he heads into the street.“I was honestly just super bored, and I was at my girlfriend’s beach house, pretty close to where I live, and we were just kind of hanging out,” Gesicki says . “We saw something similar to that on the internet and we were like, ‘Hey, I might try that,’ and ended up taking a couple tries. It was fun.”Gesicki had a breakout 2019 in his second NFL season. He capped it by making the winning touchdown catch in the finale at New England.___ ___Darlington Raceway is switching gears for its next event.Two weeks after hosting NASCAR’s return to racing, the track will hold graduation ceremonies for the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics. There will be 120 graduating seniors at Saturday’s event from the school in Hartsville, a few miles from NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway.Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said the track was honored to help the high school seniors be recognized in a proper way.Traditional high school graduation ceremonies have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony will take place at a parking lot on track property. Afterward, the graduates and their parents will have the chance to drive their vehicles for a lap around the 1.366-mile track and get their pictures taken on the start-finish line.center_img Western Kentucky has proposed a staggered restart plan that would allow the return of 65 football players for voluntary workouts on June 8.The university has released its proposed restart plan for public feedback, with fall classes beginning on Aug. 24 and in-person instruction concluding on Nov. 20. A final approved plan from four committees, including athletics, will be released next week.Volleyball, soccer and the remaining 40 football players will return July 6 and be followed days later by the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Other programs will return later in August.___While some athletes have struggled to cope with the isolation of the coronavirus lockdown, Atlanta Falcons center Alex Mack has no complaints. He has picked up a new hobby — making bread — and learned that he doesn’t mind spending most of his time at home.“I can be a homebody pretty well,” Mack said during a video conference call with Atlanta media. “The things I like to do, apparently you don’t need to leave the house that much.”The six-time Pro Bowler has been documenting his new hobby on social media. So far, he has churned out French bread, a standard loaf, pizza, brioche bread and English muffins for a homemade breakfast sandwich.The 34-year-old Mack is heading into his 12th season in the NFL. At this point, he’s taking in year by year.“The goal when I showed up in the league was 10 years,” he said. “That seemed like a good career. From here on out, I want to do the best I can to play at the highest level. I’m going to play one year at a time. I think I’ve got a lot of juice left in the tank. I’m ready to go this year.” Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora gave Serie A the green light to resume after a meeting with Italian soccer authorities on Thursday.A medical protocol for matches was approved by a technical scientific committee earlier.Spadafora says Serie A will restart on June 20 but the Italian Cup semifinals and the final could be played on June 13 and 17.Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.There are 12 rounds remaining in Serie A, plus four matches that were postponed from the 25th round. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The last match was played on March 9 before the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Squads were only allowed to restart practice sessions in small groups last week but contact and tackling is now allowed between players.___The European Tour plans to resume its season in July starting with a six-week stretch of golf tournaments in Britain and running through to the World Tour Championship in Dubai in December.The tour says its events initially will be held without spectators and will be subject to strict testing protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic. ___Malcolm Jenkins, who this offseason left the Eagles to sign with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent, will be the keynote speaker at Philadelphia’s virtual graduation on June 9.Jenkins starred for the Eagles for the last six seasons and the safety won an NFL championship in 2017. He also has been a leader of several off-field initiatives, and his foundation has a mission to promote positive change in the lives of underserved youth in New Jersey, where he grew up; Ohio, where he went to college at Ohio State; Pennsylvania and Louisiana, homes of his pro teams.“Malcolm was selected not for his greatness on the field and his two Super Bowl rings, but because of his compassion and advocacy around social justice,” said Donna Frisby-Greenwood, CEO of the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia and co-chair of the commencement planning committee. “Malcolm’s foundation focuses on youth leadership development and skill building, and we think that that makes him a perfect speaker for us.”The hour-long graduation will be streamed on several platforms, including the school district’s website. Frisby-Greenwood said that several companies and organizations are involved with planning and serving as sponsors. The Philadelphia Orchestra has recorded “Pomp and Circumstance” for the ceremony. And the city’s Free Library will host the live stream of the event on its platform. ___Texas will soon allow outdoor pro sports events to have spectators, but their numbers will be strictly limited.Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has revised a decision to let pro sports leagues host events without fans starting in June as part of the states’ move to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.Abbott’s new order allows outdoor stadiums to host fans up to 25% of their normal capacity. Leagues will have to apply to state health officials to be allowed to have fans. Indoor events will still be without spectators.The PGA Tour plans to restart its season at Colonial in Texas on June 11-14 but has said it would not include fans. Associated Press The Latest: Iowa AD looking at different football scenarios Georgia Tech will begin the first phase of a plan to reopen its athletic facilities on June 15.The plan is based on guidance from the school administration, the University System of Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp’s office and public health officials.Under the initial reopening phase, athletes who live in the Atlanta area will be able to use campus weight rooms and athletic training facilities on a voluntary basis.In order to take part, students and staff must make an appointment to work out, complete a daily health check questionnaire, undergo temperature checks when they arrive at the facility, and limit groups to no more than 10 athletes and two staff members inside a facility at one time in order to maintain social distancing guidelines. Also, no locker rooms can be used and all workouts groups must remain the same throughout the first phase of the reopening.___last_img read more


first_img Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 Share Di Maio’s man Giacomo Lasorella takes leadership of AGCOM August 17, 2020 After decades of decline, Italian horse racing has been thrown a lifeline in the form of the country’s latest Budget Law. Most notably, the turnover-based tax regime that has been so detrimental has been replaced by a new gross gaming revenue (GGR) tax.The GGR tax regime for horse racing is based on that already implemented in the sports betting sector. However, horse racing taxes – set at 43% for retail bets and 47% for online – remain significantly higher than the 18% and 22% that land-based and online sports betting has to deal with.  The situation has been further improved by the loosening of strict laws, with this liberalisation expected to lead to industry growth. Previously, betting on horses was restricted to official betting lists published by Italian gaming authority ADM, but the Budget Law has relaxed this. After sports betting laws were similarly relaxed, the Italian gaming market witnessed sizeable growth, and it is hoped it will have the same effect on horse racing. Additionally, the Budget Law postponed the country’s proposed new betting licenses, so to allow local municipalities time to change their laws accordingly. The existing betting shop and corner licenses have been extended for the full year, against the payment of an annual extension fee of €6000 per betting shop and €3500 per betting corner. A new tender for betting shops and corner licenses also aims to take in €410 million by the end of September. New ADM chief: Italy to keep strictest monitoring on gambling incumbents July 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submitlast_img read more


first_imgMiralem Pjanic is a midfielder of AS Roma. He was born on 2 April 1990 in the city of Tuzla, current Bosnia and Herzegovina.Miralem began his youth career in 1997 entering the academy of FC Schifflange 95. The young footballer spent seven years in the club’s academy until he agreed to joinFC Metz youth academy in France. By the year 2007 Pjanic had been through with studying, starting his professional football career.In 2007 Miralem Pjanic signed a professional contract with the French Metz becoming its apprentice for three years. The young Bosnian made a promising start in the 2007/08 season netting 3 goals in 32 appearances.The next season Pjanic was linked with Olympique Lyonnais, which he finally joined. In the summer of 2008 Miralem agreed to the contract with Lyon, tying him to the club for the next three years. During this period Pjanic established himself as a key attacking midfielder making appearances with the first team almost in every match. The head coach gave Pjanic an opportunity to play 90 games with Lyon, where the young Bosnian scored 10 goals.In 2011 Miralem didn’t stop at what had been accomplished. When the footballer was offered to join the first team of the Italian Roma, he was happy to agree to the contract. Pjanic wanted to start a new era in his career and the Roman club appropriately suited for such an occasion. Miralem didn’t regret moving to the Italian club, since he became the first team regular being a key midfielder in the team.From 2006 through 2007 Miralem Pjanic was called up to Luxembourg U-17 and U-19 teams scoring 6 goals in 7 matches. Since 2008 he has played 31 matches and netted 4 goals for Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.last_img read more


first_imgAt 44, Chuck Noll had joined an elite level of NFL coaches with Vince Lombardi and Don Shula after the win in Super Bowl X. Noll, hired at 37, endured a 12-30 record in his first three seasons in Pittsburgh before the success came. (Phil Sandlin, AP)Chuck Noll.You see the name and you immediately think four time Super Bowl winning coach. Noll was one of the best to ever coach the game and fortunately for the Steelers, he spent his entire 22 year head coaching career with the black and gold.After being a defensive assistant with the Chargers for six seasons and then three more years under Don Shula in Baltimore, Noll was hired as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 at the age of 37.Noll struggled out of the gates only winning 12 games in his first 42 tries and not making the playoffs until his fourth year with the Steelers.  By year six, the team that would form the eventual dynasty of the 70’s was born and Noll led his Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl titles in a span of six seasons.In 22 seasons, Noll compiled a record of 209-156-1, won nine division championships, four conference titles and four super bowl championships as well.  Two years after his retirement, Noll was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.Noll was the father of the Steelers as we know them. Without him, the expectation to win a championship each year would not exist, the team would not have the most Super Bowl rings in league history and the rabid fan base may not even exist as it does today. Noll was a winner through and through and a true representation of the Pittsburgh culture.The Steelers were unsuccessful through their first four decades, when they appeared in just one postseason game. Then in 1969, the Steelers hired Chuck Noll, left, as head coach and he, with a core of players including QB Terry Bradshaw, changed the fortunes of the franchise. (AP Photo/File)Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgSubmitted by Barb Lally for Rob Rice HomesThe Rice family believes in giving back to the community they love.Throughout the entire year Rob Rice and his family generously provide time and support for organizations where they can make a real difference.“We feel it is our responsibility to give back to the community where we have been building homes for more than 30 years,” says Rob. “This is where we live, work and raise our children, and we want to help make it a better place for our family and those in the communities we build.”Their efforts extend far beyond issuing a check to the causes they believe in, they back their support with real action. In 2011 Rob and his wife Helena had determined that they needed to specify a goal for annual giving so they made the decision to prioritize children’s needs and homeless pets as causes to help. Now they extend their hands and hearts to two organizations that improve the lives of children and that aid rescue animals.“There are so many well-deserving charities in our community but we needed to pinpoint two so we could really make a difference,” says Helena.Caring for Animals“When I married Rob, I had three rescue dogs and he was living in a pet-free home; it was quite a change for him,” laughs Helena, who grew up in a family that has always helped animals in need. “It didn’t take long though and within a few months he was traveling around with one of my dogs and even taking her to the office to work for the day.”Now she says Rob has a soft heart for rescue animals, even picking them up in communities where he builds to make sure they get to their“Lewis” was lucky to be rescued by Rob Rice on I-5.homes or a shelter where they can be helped.“Just recently Rob stopped on I-5 on the North Fork Lewis River Bridge in Clark County when he saw a confused dog running in the freeway,” Helena says. “Rob had to crawl underneatha truck to eventually get the poor thing out. Rob brought the dog home, took him for veterinary care and we took care of him until we found the perfect owner. One of our staff is now the dog’s proud owner so Rob still gets to see ‘Lewis’ who is named after the bridge where he was rescued.”Every year, the Rice’s, along with other business owners, sponsor a fundraising auction for Concern for Animals, an organization that for 34 years has assisted low income families with the food and medical needs of their pets and rescue animals. But they wanted to do more.“Rob and Helena met with us and asked how they could help us,” says Janey Hanson president of Concern for Animals. “We had bought an older 1920s home for our offices after operating out of people’s homes for years. We showed them our lengthy wish list so they could pick a project. What happened next was amazing.”The new Concern for Animals building was completely remodeled by Rob Rice and his sub-contractors at no charge.Janey says that the local builder sought the help of many of his sub-contractors who donated their time and materials to completely remodel the home. Rob even assigned one of his superintendents to coordinate the work. The long list of sub-contractors who contributed is on the group’s website.“They cleaned out our project wish list,” says Janey. “They even sent in a designer so we could pick our color pallet. They remodeled the kitchen with new flooring, cabinets, counters and backsplash; they fixed a major drainage problem under the house and repaired the basement so we had plenty of room for our food bank. They painted, fixed our ceiling, worked on our heating system and did electrical work and even leveled our parking lot. The list is long.”The group says it would have taken years to complete but Rob and his sub-contractors did it all in just a few months resulting in an office and food bank that will help hundreds of pet owners and their animals.Contributing to Kids “Our son Alex attended the Hands On Children’s Museum of Olympia school for 3 years,” says Helena. “When Rob and I went to his first parent-teacher conference, we realized what a unique learning atmosphere it is and how beneficial the museum is to children in our community, so we decided we wanted to donate our time and resources to this great institution.”Helena began co-chairing the museum’s fundraising breakfast that provides admission for Free Friday Night and then when the new museum was in design stages both she and Rob agreed to provide an entire exhibit that offers kids an experience in construction, a field they know a bit about. The Build It! exhibit allows children to don hard hats and safety goggles while they use builder boards to build a home or they create a Keva structure.Around the CommunityThe Build It! exhibit, contributed by the Rice’s, gets rave reviews at the Hands on Children’s Museum.There are many other organizations where Helena and Rob donate their time and resources.Rob is a lifetime director for the Olympia Master Builders Association and an active board member of Thurston Economic Development Council. He is also well known for presiding over the Home Owners Associations in the communities he builds to help maintain their quality and value.Rob is a founder of Thurston First Bank, initially helping to start the bank and currently chairing several committees for its board. Helena is a shareholder in the bank as well.Helena has served on boards for the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council and the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce and currently volunteers for the PTO program at East Olympia Elementary, Alex’s school.The Rice’s support Saint Martin’s University, Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County and the South Sound YMCA and Rob coaches most of his children’s sports teams, whether it is basketball, football or baseball.Helena admits it all keeps them very busy yet they don’t usually turn away requests for help.“We feel overjoyed to help out this amazing community,” she says. “It is a proven fact that people who give are happier and healthier. That is sure true in our family’s case.”Rob Rice is Thurston County’s largest local home builder and was voted the Best of South Sound for 2013. He has built more than 3000 homes over the last 30 years. He and his wife Helena live in Olympia with their two sons; Alex Michael and Carson. Rob is a graduate of Washington State University with degrees in construction management and architecture. Facebook25Tweet0Pin0last_img read more