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Do you wake up in the morning, plan your day with a list of all the things that you wish to achieve through the day, and then tick off everything in the list before you retire to bed? Well, this is only possible if either you under-plan for the day or improve your productivity. The former is not going to benefit either of us. So, it is solely the latter, which should interest both you and me. Now, the big question is – how do you ensure that you stay productive throughout the day? Well, based on some research and a long-standing experience of working in an MNC and running a blog of my own, I have come up with some tips that have helped me be productive around the day. Today, I will share a few of the most useful tips that can be helpful for you too.

Be it a college-going student scouring through the internet looking for platforms like TopAssignmentExperts to outsource homework and assignments or an adult finding it hard to strike a balance between professional and personal life, these tips will be helpful for all of you.

So, let us get started and address these tips one by one.

Keep a tab on your time dedicated to every task and limit it to only what’s essential. 

First things first, the problem with most people is they do not know their abilities. Consequently, they fail to allow the right amount of time for every task. Studies suggest that only seventeen percent of people precisely know the time they need for every task in their life. The others fail to do so and naturally lag on productivity. There are applications, such as Rescue Time, which can come in handy in this case. This tool can help you keep a tab on the time you spend on daily tasks, such as word processing, homework, social media, and scrolling between the different apps. You can track for a few days, and then only in a few days can you see how much time you waste and utilize productively.

For instance, if there is a Trigonometry chapter that is taxing for you, and it takes hours for you to complete even a simple problem, then the problem is you will end up lagging in your other assignments. So, what you can do is, look for an expert from a platform like TrumpLearning, where you can find professional experts who can help you with all your subjects and concepts. Once the expert explains to you the correct technique to approach the problem, you will be able to finish it faster. Consequently, your other tasks would not suffer, and your productivity will be intact.

Take small and frequent breaks

Let us first explain this with an example. Suppose you have five assignments in hand and only eight hours to complete all of them. If you sit at a stretch in these eight hours, your mind and body will feel exhausted, and naturally, your productivity will decline. So, the task, which could have been completed in eight hours, will not even be done in ten. What is the plausible solution?

If you are left with only eight hours for the five assignments at the end of the day, pick three or four priority assignments and then outsource the other two from an online homework help platform like EduWorldUSA. There you can place requests, such as ‘do my finance homework,’ and find the best quality homework services. So, now, you can make space for breaks in between the three assignments and still complete all your five assignments effectively and in time. Hence, there is no compromise on the grades either. But, on the other hand, if you try to force yourself to sit through the eight hours at a stretch, you will see only after an hour or two, your brain will freeze, and you will get distracted. Thus, it is important to take smaller and frequent breaks to rejuvenate and recharge your brain and complete the tasks with greater productivity. Of course, outsourcing your tasks may not always be the solution for you, but you can most definitely prioritize your tasks and do them depending on what’s required first while simultaneously taking breaks in between tasks.

Have self-imposed deadlines

A lot of you may have noticed that you perform better when there is a deadline on your head? When you know that you have very limited time to finish the task at hand, you work quicker, without wasting any time. Thus, even if your teacher or boss has not imposed any deadlines on you, self-impose them to ensure that you do not waste any time and spend every minute of your day productively. The deadlines may induce some stress, but at times stress is the best motivator to help you stay focused and work towards your goals. Hence, anytime you work on an open-ended project, assignment, or job, set a deadline for yourself, and adhere to it. Trust us; when we say this, you will be surprised yourself by how productive this small drill can make you.

Follow the two-minute rule

Entrepreneur Steve Olenski has devised the perfect rule to help you stay productive – the two-minute rule. So, what is this rule? There are times when you have a small task or a quick action to take, which would not take over time-minutes of your time. But, the problem is these tasks are so tiny that we end up postponing them to later. In turn, several smaller tasks accumulate, and then, after a point, they seem like multiple herculean tasks. What’s the solution? Anytime there is a small task, which would take only two minutes or less of your time, do it instantly. The fact of the matter is when you attend to the task immediately, instead of postponing it and then returning back to it, you end up completing it faster. Implementing this small rule can make a big difference in your life.

Avoid meetings

Yes, you read that right! Meetings are one of the most unproductive and time-consuming things. A lot of you may have noticed, too, that there is rarely anything productive achieved even after an hour-long meeting. So, why even waste that time? Following a study by Atlassian, on average, an office worker spends around thirty-one hours every month in unproductive meetings. So, before you head to your next meeting, ponder – is this something that can be achieved via a phone call, text, virtual meeting (they are quicker and more productive), or email?

So, these are the five most essential tips that can help you boost your productivity. Know of more such tips? Do let us know in the comment box below.

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Mahesh is leading digital marketing initiatives at RecentlyHeard, a NewsFeed platform that covers news from all sectors. He develops, manages, and executes digital strategies to increase online visibility, better reach target audiences, and create engaging experience across channels. With 7+ years of experience, He is skilled in search engine optimization, content marketing, social media marketing, and advertising, and analytics.

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‘Painting in the Park’ Saturday hosted by the Lower Phalen Creek Project in St. Paul

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The Lower Phalen Creek Project is hosting “Painting in the Park” 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Pig’s Eye Regional Park — known as Čhokán Tánka in Dakota — as a way to connect members of the community to the site and environmental justice issues surrounding the area.

The event will consist of a short walk in the park to learn about its history and a watercolor painting lesson from artist and community activist Kiki Sonnen. There is no registration fee to attend and those interested can register online at https://bit.ly/3gH76HM.

“Art can capture feelings and emotions that you can’t always express in words and it can capture the beauty of places,” Keeli Siyaka, the environment justice educator and organizer at the Lower Phalen Creek Project, said Wednesday. “That’s one really incredible thing about art and why it’s important to be able to relate environmental justice through art too because it can evoke a sense of hope. Hope is what keeps us pushing forward, this vision of what things could be and art can capture all of that.”

Founded in 1997 by community activists, the Lower Phalen Creek Project is a native-led, East Side St. Paul, environmental conservation nonprofit working to engage people in the community and to encourage them to care for the natural places and sacred sites. The project includes the East Side River District from Lake Phalen to the Mississippi River.

The Dakhóta Oyáte people have lived by the waters of the Mississippi River for thousands of years. Kapósia, one well-known village, was located both east and west of the Mississippi near Pig’s Eye Regional Park. The park is currently nestled in an industrial area and one of the Lower Phalen Creek Project’s goals is to connect the community to the space and to raise awareness to get people invested in protecting the park.

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GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Nestled in the neighborhoods of the city’s west side, near Glens Falls Hospital and the Hudson River, there’s a small, dead-end street that’s been going through quite a lot of commotion.

The hammering and scraping are coming from Hovey Street, a stub of a road off of Woodlawn Avenue, where one of the road’s few homes sat abandoned for years, before it and some land next door got eyed for a new purpose.

Now, a once-abandoned house has been knocked down, replaced with a new home already occupied by a family chosen by Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. Two more were still under construction on a rainy Wednesday.

Aubrey Constantineau, currently of Fort Edward, N.Y., shows off what will be the living room in her future Glens Falls, N.Y. home being built by Habitat for Humanity. (Photo: Jay Petrequin)

One of those two homes had a volunteer inside who said she’s had her hands on materials in every room of the house that will soon house herself and her two sons.

“I got to design pretty much everything I wanted,” said Aubrey Constantineau, currently of Fort Edward, who is set to make the move with her family over the holidays. “From the style, to the colors, to the cabinets, to the flooring.”

Constantineau has been onsite, helping build her future home from early on. She’s helped with the landing going to the stairs, with her own bedroom, and a million other placed along the way. And she loves the way that makes her feel.

“If anything goes wrong in here, I’ll feel so much better because I know where everything is,” she said. “I know where all the wires are.”

The hope is that she and her kids can move in by Thanksgiving, but whenever it happens, it will be a big upgrade from the two-bedroom apartment where her family has been living in nearby Fort Edward.

Although the family who will be living there consists of three, more family has helped Constantineau get this far, including her boyfriend, siblings and father. Her brother Shaun drove all the way from Rochester.

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Volunteers visiting from Clifton Park-based Engineered Molding Technology set a window in place at one of three houses being built by Habitat for Humanity on Hovey Street in Glens Falls, N.Y. (Photo: Jay Petrequin)

News 10 ABC arrived on Wednesday just in time to watch 16 morning shift volunteers finish things off, leaving room for 10 more to come and take their place for an afternoon shift.

That’s a lot more than the 3 to 5 volunteers who have been working onsite most days.

That influx was made up of workers from Engineered Molding Technology, a Clifton Park-based silicone manufacturer that created a recent partnership with the Saratoga/Warren/Washington County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

That partnership was started off with two donations; one of money, the other of time.

“We’ve learned a lot,” said Engineered Molding Technology Operations Manager Michael Pandori. “Our people are happy to get out of the office, get outside and bang some nails.”

The volunteers there on Wednesday got a day off, in exchange for four hours of their time hammering away on the pair of houses-to-be.

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Employees from Clifton Park-based Engineered Molding Technology pose for a photo on Wednesday after finishing their shift working on one of two houses under construction by Habitat for Humanity in Glens Falls, N.Y. (Photo: Jay Petrequin)

That’s perfect for employee Lisa Silvanic, who paused in between hammering nails into a window to say that she had always wanted to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, but had never gotten the chance before.

“We had an opportunity through work, and I finally got to do it,” Silvanic said, followed by a few more pounds with a hammer she had become handy within a short time. “And I’m gonna do it again.”

The project by Habitat for Humanity was a collaboration with the City of Glens Falls, which initially centered around the spot where the first finished home of the three now sits.

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One house sits finished, with two on the way, on Hovey Street in Glens Falls, N.Y., as part of a project by Habitat for Humanity. (Photo: Jay Petrequin)

The house that used to sit there wasn’t suitable for anyone.

“It was an asbestos-ridden dump that nobody wanted to touch,” said Adam Feldman, Executive Director of Glens Falls’ Habitat for Humanity chapter.

Once it was removed, Habitat decided to parlay with the shrubbery next to it. The group is always in need of more property, and the city was happy to let them clear brush out to make space for the two homes now coming together.

Construction got going in spring 2020, right as COVID-19 changed everything.

That meant corporate donors weren’t available to help fund the work with contractors that Habitat needs to do in order to get things rolling; the work that can’t run on a few volunteers alone.

“For example, we pay our plumbers,” Feldman said.

There are a lot of other ways an organization can help out, though. A local union chapter is taking care of plumbing.

Feldman said that it costs around $200,000 plus the cost of land for a Habitat home to be built. In Glens Falls, that typically means around $225,000, all said.

Add to that, funding hasn’t been the only thing changed by coronavirus. Lumber prices have been turbulent throughout the pandemic – a pain felt nearby at the South Street site where the city of Glens Falls hopes to build a new farmers market space.

For Habitat for Humanity, that’s meant all of the wood that went into the trio of new houses cost about 25% more than it normally would.

With all of those things against the project, more important than ever are places like Southern Adirondack ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement store that accepts and sells donated goods to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

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Two volunteers hammer windows into one of two houses under construction on Hovey Street in Glens Falls, N.Y. (Photo: Jay Petrequin)

Meanwhile, Constantineau comes to work on the house whenever she has the spare time.

When she and her family move in, her two sons will be switching schools, from Fort Edward to Glens Falls. That’s a big change, but the kids are excited.

“They came in and their jaws dropped,” she said. “It’s gonna be roomy here.”

In fact, the boys are both excited because their bedrooms – in the house’s basement – has some benefits.

“They think they can get out the back windows,” she said with a laugh. “I’m going to have to get some bushes planted out there.”

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Hundreds of protesters at Missouri’s Capitol to oppose vaccine mandates

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Vaccine mandates are popping up everywhere in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus and people have something to say about it.

Hundreds of protesters were inside the Missouri state capitol Wednesday speaking in opposition to the Biden administration’s federal employee vaccine mandate.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce supports vaccines but says a mandate is a slippery slope. They expressed concern about what’s next for the employer community.

The federal government has not implemented a vaccine mandate. However, Missouri health officials expect that will change next month.

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Eight-story apartment building planned in Cherry Creek

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An apartment building topping out at eight stories has been proposed for a site in Cherry Creek that’s currently home to two- and three-story structures.

Dallas-based Stillwater Capital Investments submitted a concept plan to the city last week, proposing the project on 0.72 acres across multiple parcels: 219, 231, 239 and 255 N. Detroit St.

Stillwater Development Partner Thomas Hoy told BusinessDen the company would develop the project with Florida-based Wexford Real Estate Investors, formerly part of Wexford Capital.

The parcels are zoned for between five and eight stories, and the proposed project would max that zoning. The building would top out at eight stories on its southern end, adjacent to the eight-story Financial House office building completed by Denver-based BMC Investments in 2019. It would step down to seven and then five stories going north.

The proposed building would have 85 apartments, according to the plans. There would also be about 10,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and 162 parking spaces.

Eric Heinz, BusinessDen

The proposed apartment building would replace multiple structures in the 200 block of North Detroit Street.

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State of the Streaming Wars in 2021: It’s Netflix vs HBO Max vs Everyone Else

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How many streaming services will consumers sign up for and which are the most dispensable? Chesnot/Getty Images

The streaming industry is more robust and diverse than ever with an avalanche of premium SVOD platforms all available for audience enjoyment right this very moment. Among the biggest players jockeying for your hard-earned attention and dollars, content-hungry viewers have to choose from (deep breath): Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO Max, Paramount+, Apple TV+, Peacock, and Discovery+. The deep roster of TV and film providers is a win for audiences as competition breeds quality and innovation. But homebodies will never have it as good as they do now.

The streaming wars are still in its infancy and at a certain point, winners and losers will begin to emerge. Consolidation and forced opt-outs will narrow the field of competitors and audience choice will be reduced a a result. So let’s get a jump start on eyeing what the future of the streaming landscape could look like. Whip Media recently surveyed nearly 4,000 U.S. viewers about their perception of their SVOD services. While surveys are far from concrete conclusions, they do help to reflect the consumer mood of the moment.

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Which services have you canceled since May 2020? Whip Media

Survey respondents subscribe to an average of 4.7 services and plan to add only one more. This fits in line with a recent J.D. Power survey referenced in the L.A. Times that found that the average American now subscribes to four-to-five streamers, up from three at the start of the pandemic. 70% of respondents feel that there are too many subscription services on the market and (most of them 85% say) it’s getting too expensive. The average American household reportedly spends $55 on SVOD platforms per month. Around 32% canceled an SVOD service in the past year as a cost-cutting measure.

However, churn is spread out over all of the SVODs. According to a December 2020 report from transactional data firm Antenna, Netflix led the streaming industry with a churn rate—or the number of customers who cancel their subscriptions in a given time period—of just 2.4%. At the time, Disney+ came in at 8.0%. Given the monetary investments and the rapid rise of FAST (free, ad-supported streaming TV), it’s no surprise that the majority (60%) of consumers prefer to pay for an ad-free service. 

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If you could only keep one, which one? Whip Media

When asked if they could only keep one streaming service, 41% of consumers said Netflix would be their choice if they could only keep one; followed by Hulu (21%), HBO Max (13%), Disney+ (9%), and Amazon (6%). Netflix has reached a level of ubiquitous access as reflected by their industry-leading churn rate. While some consumers subscribe to a streaming service only for the duration of a particular show before cancelling, Netflix remains a must-have platform across the board.

But how do the major players stack up against one another in terms of user satisfaction?

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When ranked on SVOD satisfaction, HBO Max jumps to the top spot. The WarnerMedia service got off to a bumpy start after launching in May 2020, but the same-day release strategy for Warner Bros.’ entire 2021 film slate has driven rapid growth. HBO Max is on pace to conclude 2021 with more than 11 million new subscribers in the year.

About 92% of respondents find library content, or pre-existing series and films, very important or important when deciding which services to sign up for. In today’s arms race for content, having library content is key to satisfying SVOD customers. Roughly 78% of respondents felt original content was very important/important. We’ve previously compared the original and licensed libraries of the main players. 

Of the major services, AppleTV+ is in the most precarious position as the streaming service consumers are least satisfied with and least likely to keep. However, Apple is deliberately slow playing its marketing for Apple TV+ as detailed in a recent PARQOR newsletter form industry analyst Andrew Rosen. With a growing library of quality originals, an impressive creative batting average, and an endless pool of money to draw from, Apple can afford to be patient. Rather than Netflix’s one-stop-shop approach, Apple TV+ is attempting to become the streaming equivalent of HBO. 

State of the Streaming Wars in 2021: It’s Netflix vs HBO Max vs Everyone Else

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North Korea says it tested rail-launched ballistic missiles

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By KIM TONG-HYUNG and HYUNG-JIN KIM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday it successfully launched ballistic missiles from a train for the first time and was continuing to bolster its defenses, after the two Koreas test-fired missiles hours apart in dueling displays of military might.

Wednesday’s launches underscored a return of the tensions between the rivals amid a prolonged stalemate in U.S.-led talks aimed at stripping North Korea of its nuclear weapons program.

Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said the missiles were launched during a drill of a “railway-borne missile regiment” that transported the weapons system along rail tracks in the country’s mountainous central region and accurately struck a sea target 800 kilometers (500 miles) away.

State media showed what appeared to be two different missiles streaking up from rail-car launchers engulfed in orange flames along tracks surrounded by dense forest.

A rail-based ballistic system reflects North Korea’s efforts to diversify its launch options, which now includes various vehicles and ground launch pads and may eventually include submarines. Firing a missile from a train could add mobility, but some experts say North Korea’s simple rail networks running through its relatively small territory would be quickly destroyed by enemies during a crisis.

“Our military assesses that North Korea is continuously developing various mobile launch equipment,” said Col. Kim Jun-rak, a spokesman for South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. He said the South Korean and U.S. militaries were continuing to examine the North’s launches.

The South Korean and Japanese militaries said earlier that North Korea’s two short-range ballistic missiles landed inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone but outside its territorial waters. The last time a North Korean missile landed inside that zone was in October 2019.

Pak Jong Chon, a senior North Korean official who has been seen as influential in the country’s missile development, said Wednesday’s tests were successfully conducted in line with the “strategic and tactical design and intention” of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed at a party congress in January to bolster his nuclear deterrent in the face of U.S.-led sanctions and pressure and issued a long wish list of sophisticated weaponry, including longer-range intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear-powered submarines, spy satellites and tactical nuclear arms.

In another weapons display over the weekend, the North said it tested new cruise missiles, which it intends to make nuclear-capable, that can strike targets 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) away, a distance putting all of Japan and U.S. military installations there within reach.

Hours after the latest North Korean launches, South Korea reported its first test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile. As President Moon Jae-in and other top officials watched, the missile flew from a submarine and hit a designated target, Moon’s office said.

Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of the North Korean leader, threatened a “complete destruction” of bilateral relations over Moon’s comments while he observed the test, when he said the South’s growing conventional missile capacities would be a “sure deterrence” against North Korean provocation.

South Korea, which doesn’t have nuclear weapons and instead is protected by the U.S.’s, has been accelerating efforts to build up its conventional arms, including developing more powerful missiles. Observers say Moon’s government, which has been actively pursuing reconciliation with North Korea, may have wanted to appear tougher in response to criticism that it’s too soft on the North.

Kim Yo Jong took offense to Moon describing North Korean weapons demonstrations as a provocation and said warned of dire consequences in inter-Korean relations if he continues on with what she described as slander of North Korea.

Kim Dong-yub, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, said the North Korean photos indicated the rail-fired missiles were a solid-fuel, short-range weapon the North first tested from truck launchers in 2019. The missiles, likely modeled on Russia’s Iskander missiles, are designed to fly at relatively low altitudes where the air is dense enough to allow for maneuverability in flight, making interception by missile defense systems more difficult.

While the North is trying to broaden its launch systems, the analyst Kim questioned whether rail-mobile missiles would meaningfully improve the country’s military capabilities when the North’s simple rail networks would be easy targets during crisis.

Experts say North Korea is building up its weapons systems to apply pressure on the United States in the hopes of winning relief from economic sanctions aimed at forcing the North to abandon its nuclear arsenal. U.S.-led talks on the issue have been stalled for more than two years.

Kim Jong Un’s government has so far rejected the Biden administration’s overtures for dialogue, demanding that Washington abandon what it calls “hostile” policies first — a reference to the sanctions.

The United States said it had no hostile intent and called for North Korea to return to talks. “What we seek to do is to reduce the threat to the United States, to our allies in the region, … and we think we can do that through diplomacy,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington.

While testing various short-range weapons recently, North Korea has maintained its self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests, a sign it may not want to scuttle chances for diplomacy entirely.

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MINNESOTA at COLORADO

When: Noon CT, Saturday
Where: Folsom Field, Boulder, Colo.
TV: PAC-12N
Radio: KFAN
Weather: 81 degrees, 5 mph southeast wind

Records: Both teams are 1-1, with losses to top 10 teams. Minnesota lost to No. 9 Ohio State before beating Miami (Ohio) 31-26. Colorado beat FCS-level Northern Colorado and then were beat 10-7 by No. 7 Texas A&M on late touchdown in Denver.

History: The Gophers are 0-3 against the Buffaloes, with a back-to-back series in 1991-92. As part of this home-and-home, Colorado will travel to Minnesota next September.

Key matchup: Colorado quarterback Brendon Lewis threat to run vs. Gophers front seven. Lewis, a backup after JT Shrout was injured, has averaged 7.1 yards on 17 carries this season, meaning Minnesota will have to be disciplined to keep him contained. The U struggled with a similar QB last season in Maryland’s Taulia Tagovailoa.

Who has the edge?

Gophers offense vs. Colorado defense: Trey Potts and Mo Ibrahim have combined for 74 out of the 85 carries from U running backs through two games. With starter Ibrahim (foot) lost of the season in Buckeyes loss, Potts had 34 carries for 178 yards and two touchdowns against Miami. His health appears vital as backups Cam Wiley and Bryce Williams haven’t earned more playing time. Buffaloes LB Nate Landman draw praise from OC Mike Sanford Jr. for his instincts; Landman has team highs of 14 tackles and three pass-breakups. Coach P.J. Fleck didn’t like the “mental toughness” from his receivers in the Miami game and they stopped passing in the second half. QB Tanner Morgan had only six third-quarter attempts and all fell incomplete. Morgan didn’t throw once in the fourth. WR Chris Autman-Bell (ankle) could return Saturday to be a veteran and go-to presence for the passing game. Buffs CB Christian Gonzalez is a future, long-time NFL player, Sanford said. The Gophers are No. 1 in red-zone offense, with six touchdowns on six drives. Colorado is fifth in nation, allowing 8.5 points per game. EDGE: Gophers

Gophers defense vs. Colorado offense: Similar to Minnesota, the Buffaloes want to run the ball. RB Jarek Broussard, the 2020 Pac-12 offensive player of the year, is averaging 5.4 yards per carry this season. RB Alex Fontenot has been a nice complement for the 30th-ranked rushing team in the nation. Minnesota gave up 7.7 yards per carry vs. Buckeyes, but only 3.5 vs. RedHawks. LB Mariano Sori-Marin leads team with 16 tackles. While mobile QB Lewis has 120 yards rushing, he has only 191 passing yards across two games. No receiver has more than 37 yards. La’Vontae Shenault, the younger brother of Jaguars WR Laviska Shenault, has been suspended for violated team rules. La’Vontae caught two passes in opener. U safety Tyler Nubin has progressed in his second season as a starter and had a game-changing interception against Miami. Fellow safety Jordan Howden sat out the Miami game with a thigh injury, but like a week ago, he has been practicing. The Gophers don’t have a sack through two games, while 117 program nationwide have managed at least one. EDGE: Gophers

Special teams: Kicker Matthew Trickett made his first career 50-yard field goal against Miami, and it was the U’s first since 2018. Freshman KR Mar’Keise Irving’s 41-yard return jumpstarted the U in the fourth quarter. Buffs PR Dimitri Stanley is a threat, averaging 20 yards per return. Cole Becker has missed both FG this season. EDGE: Gophers 

Prediction: The Gophers are one of the most-experienced teams in the country, so going on the road and coming back with a win as a 3-point underdog should be one of the perks. Minnesota finds a way. Gophers, 24-21

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — SUNY Schenectady will create two mobile classrooms through a $1 million grant. The mobile classrooms will deliver workforce development courses through “SUNY Schenectady 2U.”

The program will focus on retraining adults who need updated skills to improve employment prospects, and increasing high school students’ employability and understanding of opportunities in advanced manufacturing and healthcare fields.

“Through SUNY Schenectady 2U, we are building bridges for students and employees to enhance their skills and opening up many more possibilities for them in their careers,” said president of SUNY Schenectady Dr. Steady Moono.

The college will offer training courses and cover a variety of disciplines including: technical skills, business management, manufacturing, medical administrative assistant, behavioral health and community health workers. Sessions are delivered in four hour increments which reduce the time workers are away from their job.

Both mobile classrooms will be self-powered, climate-controlled, and have workstations with Wi-Fi that can accommodate up to 12 students in each session.

Employers will contract with the college for the course and provide space to set up the mobile classroom.
Programming will prioritize those from underserved backgrounds, veterans, disabled, at-risk youth, unemployed/underemployed and those who are traditionally underrepresented.

The college anticipates it will take about a year to design and acquire the mobile classrooms, work with partners and employers to book the mobile classrooms and then offer training.

The grant was received through the SUNY 2020 Workforce Development Initiative Consolidated Funding program.

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Rowdy crowds concern homeless camp near St. Louis Concert series

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Big crowds are expected over the next six weeks for the “The Lot on The Landing” concerts. The series of performances starts today. Crews from Jamo Presents are in the final stages of setting up at Laclede’s Landing.

People staying at a homeless camp downtown are concerned. There were rumors about evictions, but we’ve learned that that is not happening. Still, they’re worried about a concert venue moving in, and crowds being rowdy.

In a statement, Jamo Presents says “We have zero intention of displacing or evicting the unhoused,” and “We selected the site before the tent encampment arrived, and we adjusted our site plan as the situation developed to ensure that the pavilion area remains untouched.”

Some of the homeless have had talks with the city about finding a solution and maybe finding other accommodations but nothing has been settled on. The city says they don’t have enough money to temporarily house them in hotels, but say federal funding is coming soon for a more permanent solution

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Downtown theater reopening under new ownership with broader vision

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Five years ago, Connor Hall and Paul Twarowski first stepped into Denver’s improv scene with performances at the Bovine Metropolis Theater.

Now, the funny duo is getting ready to revive the theater at 1527 Champa St., which has been closed since the pandemic, as The Jester’s Palace.

“People are hungry for somewhere to go; people are hungry for a good place to perform; people want this to exist, and I think we are the people who can make it happen,” Hall said. “Everybody’s like ‘Thank God, I thought that place was going to turn into another dispensary.’”

The Jester’s Palace, which they hope to open this fall, will host a wide range of live entertainment throughout its 6,250 square feet, from magic acts to dance performances, improv shows to video game tournaments.

“The problem that theaters run into a lot of the time is that they niche themselves into a corner as an improv theater or a stand-up or music venue,” Twarowski said. “It’s very hard to convince someone to see improv shows seven nights a week. We want to create a space where all different types of shows can be going on at once and different audiences can cross paths. You know, maybe people who come out for the magic show never knew that they liked opera until they went upstairs and saw a performance.”

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The Bovine Metropolis Theater closed last year after 20 years of improv performances and classes.

The Bovine Metropolis Theater originally opened in 2000 and hosted improv performances and classes for 20 years. But the pandemic shuttered its doors, and the landlord began looking for new owners to bring the laughter back to the theater.

Twarowski began performing at the venue with his rap improv troupe, known as Rap Scallions, in 2015 and Hall began shortly after in 2016 with his group called The Jester’s Court, hence the new name of the theater.

The two met at a local improv show that same year and, after Twarowski impressed Hall with a freestyle rap, there was no looking back. Over the years, they produced shows at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, now known as Rise Comedy, and got to know Denver’s live entertainment scene.

“We had kind of taken a step back from comedy before the pandemic, and there was no way to get back into when it hit,” Twarowski said. “I figured there would probably be a lot of retail space for cheap afterward, so I approached Connor at the beginning of the year about finding a spot.”

Hall and Twarowski brought on three friends to bring their vision to life: Mitchel Myers, a local real estate agent and magician; Alec Story, who has worked with a number of local film production studios; and Wes Buthmann, a local stand-up comedian who has also helped open several dispensaries around town.

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Paul Twarowski and Connor Hall hope to open The Jester’s Palace this fall after a quick renovation of the building.

The team signed a lease for the Champa Street building in July, and each member has contributed to funding the project.

They’re also trying to raise some outside cash. On Aug. 10, they launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $5,000 toward renovations, including refinishing the wood floors, redoing the lights, painting the walls and updating the lobby area with a bar. As of Tuesday, they had raised $4,214 from 35 backers with 24 days to go.

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