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Getting a 500 or so day jump on the general election, Democrat Steve Sisolak, a Wisconsin-born Southern Nevadan, threw his hat into the 2018 race for Nevada Governor, hoping to replace Nevada’s term-limited Republican, Brian Sandoval.
UNLV freshman Brandon McCoy has been selected to play for the USA Basketball Under-19 team in next month’s FIBA World Cup. McCoy, a 7-foot center, was one of 12 players to make the cut. USA Basketball invited 27 players to its training facility in Colorado Springs for a series of tryouts over the past week, and on Thursday McCoy got the good news that he will travel with the team to Cairo, Egypt, to compete in the FIBA tournament:
The sole candidate to lead the Nevada System of Higher Education outlined his top four goals if he is chosen as chancellor, with improving access to higher learning No. 1 on the list.
“We really have to figure out how we make higher education more accessible to more individuals in Nevada,” Thom Reilly told about 45 people at a candidate forum at UNLV on Thursday morning. “We really have to figure out ways in order to, regardless of background, regardless of circumstances … engage them and get them in the system.”
A diverse group of accomplished and renowned experts in various industries were recently announced as keynote speakers for the third-annual Nevada Economic Development Conference (NVEDC), taking place on Sept. 11-13 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Presented by the UNLV Center for Business & Economic Research, the University of Nevada at Reno College of Business and Western Nevada Development District, the conference aims to "build a stronger Nevada in a global economy" by bringing together attendees from economic developers to elected and appointed officials, business owners, utilities, banks, educators, manufacturers, mining industry professionals, transportation representatives, agribusiness and all of those interested in connecting with Nevada's economic development network.
Rafael Lopez has come a long way since he received a notice of deportation at 15. Lopez, who was brought to the U.S. from Mexico as a child, graduated from UNLV, works in a job he loves and also owns a car. None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, he said.
Online gambling is limited in its availability within the United States, with only Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey having legalized and regulated the industry within their state borders. New Jersey provides both online casino and poker gaming, with a recent study showing that jobs and revenues have increased for the state thanks to online gaming.
There is a wonderful buoyancy in the work of poet Vogue Robinson that translates to her generous commitment to promoting the literary arts, especially in her new role as poet laureate for Clark County in Las Vegas. Indeed, the role has become an enviable case study in artistic entrepreneurship.
In a remote canyon off the northern reaches of Lake Powell, a fourwing saltbush is growing deep roots as part of Ka-Voka Jackson's experimental plots of native plants. The silvery, sea-green shrub is joining grasses and succulents in Jackson's efforts to remedy ravenna grass infestations that threaten native flora and fauna in the sacred ancestral lands of her tribe and others around the Colorado River.
Hollywood Casino Columbus was the last of Ohio’s four casinos to open its gilded doors, but 4 1/2 years later, it’s pulling in more money than any of the others. Its success wasn’t a sure thing. Ohioans who were regulars at other states’ casinos had to be courted to change their habits. And then there were new competitors, as racetracks added casino-style games to lure visitors.
Having to replace employees isn’t just a pain, it’s a major expense — but one that savvy executives can avoid. Costs to recruit and train employees to fill vacancies can be formidable. With this in mind, employers should redouble efforts to retain employees. “In addition to the direct cost of hiring and training new staff, the financial impact of lost efficiency and the stress induced on current employees ... after a new hire is quite significant,” said Fred Parrish, founder and CEO of the Profit Experts, a CFO service that helps small-business owners improve their profitability and cash flow. “And it cannot be easily calculated.”
The legal online gaming industry is generating tax revenue, adding jobs, and spurring technological innovation, with little of the negative impact once anticipated by opponents, according to a recently released report that examines the effects of interactive gaming in New Jersey.
In Nevada's elementary schools, an average of only 15 percent of classroom time is dedicated to science instruction, according to an article by UNLV College of Education instructors David Vallett, Ph.D., and P.G. Schrader, Ph.D.
If there were a handbook for new athletics directors in college sports, talking about how they want to become part of the campus community would be cover sheet material. But for UNLV’s Desiree Reed-Francois, it isn’t just a cliché. She’s literally been doing it every day since starting the job on June 1, living in Tonopah North dormitory on campus rather than a hotel or apartment before she moves into a permanent residence with her husband and teenage son in mid-July.
New UNLV athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois has to get reacclimated to a daily life involving quiet hours, resident assistants, and coin-operated laundry.
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